CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5147, the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation, or the BABIES, Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5147 was introduced on April 29, 2016, by Rep. David Cicilline (D-WA) and was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote on September 14, 2016.
H.R. 5147 requires male and female restrooms in federal public buildings to be equipped with baby changing facilities.
According to the bill’s sponsor, more than 20 million visitors come to Washington, D.C. each year and families are often surprised by the lack of adequate baby changing facilities in public building. The Architect of the Capitol has reported that the U.S. House of Representatives office building only have a total of nine baby changing stations.
Nearly 80% of parents with children under the age of six have used a baby changing station, with 34% reporting that they use a station at least once a month. Cities including San Francisco and Miami-Dade County passed similar laws.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is currently unavailable.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.