Boehner promises ladies' room off House floor

Women in Congress finally to have restroom access near the legislative chamber, mirroring accommodations for men

Published December 1, 2010 11:20PM (EST)

Call it congressional potty parity.

House Speaker-to-be John Boehner is planning to install the first-ever women's restroom next to the floor of the House of Representatives.

Boehner's office says he'll direct the Architect of the Capitol to convert an office into a ladies' room just steps away from where lawmakers cast votes and debate legislation. It mirrors the space occupied by a men's restroom on the other side of the House chamber.

Female members of the House have long complained that while their male colleagues can duck in and out of a men's room right next to the chamber, their closest restroom is much farther away.

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis

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