McCaskill’s Bipartisan Friendly Airports for Mothers Act Passes Congress, Making Travel Easier on Nursing Mothers
Senator’s effort will ensure nursing mothers have clean, private accommodations while traveling
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s bipartisan proposal requiring large and medium-sized airports to provide clean, private accommodations for nursing mothers passed both chambers of Congress and now heads to the President’s desk for signature.
“New mothers have their hands full as it is, and the last thing they should be worrying about is how and where to feed their newborn while traveling,” McCaskill said. “This commonsense plan will make these hectic and stressful travel experiences a little more convenient for moms on the move.”
McCaskill’s Friendly Airports for Mothers Act passed both chambers of Congress this week as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act. McCaskill introduced the legislation, with Republican Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, to ensure that within two years, all large and medium hub airports in the United States, including Kansas City International and St. Louis Lambert International airports, provide a private space that is accessible to persons with disabilities in each terminal for mothers to express breastmilk. According to a 2014 survey, only 8 of 100 airports in the U.S. offered suitable nursing accommodations.
McCaskill, a longtime advocate for mothers, recently backed a bipartisan effort to improve data collection related to maternal health and mortality by authorizing grant funding promoting research and development on the issue. This spring, she also backed a bipartisan proposal that would improve maternity care access in underserved communities throughout Missouri by identifying and encouraging maternal health professionals to practice in underserved areas.