Now Democrats want taxpayers to pay for Tampons???
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., is upset Congress — see U.S. taxpayer — will not pay for women’s hygiene products for female staff after the House Administration Committee rejected an expense receipt.
The grandstanding Democrat told TMZ that he wrote a personal check for $37 to pay for the Tampons, although he did not explain why he felt women’s hygiene products should be provided for free.
“Republican congressional leadership is finding new ways to be clueless,” Maloney told TMZ, insisting it’s discriminatory for Congress not to pay for the Tampons.
“The fact is, this is a bunch of aging Republicans congressional leaders who have no clue what a modern workplace looks like,” the Democrat lawmaker declared.
There’s so much to unpack there, and the end result is that Maloney may be the one who’s clueless.
To begin with, House Speaker Paul Ryan is 48 years old, compared to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who’s a ripe 78 years of age. In all, the average age of the House GOP leadership team is 50, compared to the Democrat leadership’s 72.5.
As for aging Republicans, a Harvard CAPS/Harris’s poll showed that three of the top four candidates picked by Democrat voters to be their 2020 presidential nominee are septuagenarians, and the fourth pick is one year removed.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 28, 2018
In furtherance of his grandstanding, Maloney posted a video on Twitter of himself writing that $37 dollar check.
My office bought tampons for female visitors and our staff. Then we got an email from @HouseAdmnGOP telling us we couldn’t use funds to purchase a necessary hygiene product. That’s ridiculous. More info: pic.twitter.com/8jyX3O4PeS
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) June 28, 2018
The surprising thing is, or perhaps not in today’s entitlement world, there’s such a thing as a “menstrual equality” industry:
— Jennifer Weiss-Wolf (@jweisswolf) June 28, 2018
Thanks for providing these & helping equalize access to public spaces; thereby empowering menstruating individuals to participate in the pol process. #MenstruationMatters I’m a law prof that works w client on #menstrualequity policy & researches govt as model ER. Happy to help.
— Marcy Karin (@ProfessorMLK) June 28, 2018
Of course, there was the prerequisite “Why do Republicans hate women” tweet:
Why do Republicans hate women? https://t.co/RccJSmSMKI
— Jules (@IAmJulesWard) June 29, 2018
But common sense was also represented, though the responses were more rare than you would hope:
Why would a job supply feminine hygiene products at the company’s expense. I worked for many years and was never supplied with tampons. I have never heard of a company supplying personal items. Choose your battles don’t be ignorant.
— B Darley (@planotexasgal) June 29, 2018
Uhhh women have been packing their own tampons forever. Yeah free ones would be nice but COME ON! Im sure the women that visit your office are capable as the rest of us in taking care of THEMSELVES. So condescending too btw.
— Jacque D (@JacksCBad) June 29, 2018
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