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Meng and Maloney Send Letter to House Speaker Requesting that He Allow House Offices to be Reimbursed for Feminine Hygiene Products

Jul 6, 2018
Press Release
Correspondence comes after Maloney’s office was denied reimbursement for these items; Congressmembers also call on Paul Ryan to make free feminine hygiene products available in all House of Representatives bathrooms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) today sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan requesting that he allow House offices to be reimbursed for feminine hygiene products purchased for Congressional staff and office visitors.

The lawmakers sent the letter in the wake of Maloney‘s office being denied reimbursement for these products last week.

In their correspondence, Meng and Maloney also ask Ryan to provide free feminine hygiene products in all bathrooms that are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Feminine hygiene products are a basic and essential need for women,” said Meng. “All women deserve access to them and that includes women who visit and work on Capitol Hill. It is time for the House to make these necessary items more accessible to women. I urge Speaker Ryan to do the right thing and I eagerly await his reply.”

“Speaker Ryan should make it clear that women who visit or work on Capitol Hill will have their needs met and that the House is a welcoming place for everyone,” said Maloney. “Women have been treated as second class citizens for far too long. We have an opportunity to fix that problem here in the House, and the Speaker should take it.” 

A copy of Meng and Maloney’s letter can be viewed here.

In addition to the letter, Meng is presently sponsoring the Menstrual Equity for All Act (H.R. 972) which contains five provisions to help different populations of women and girls better access feminine hygiene products, and she is the author of Menstrual Products Right to Know Act (H.R. 2416) which aims to make menstrual hygiene products safer by requiring manufactures to disclose the ingredients of these products.The Congresswoman also convinced FEMA to add feminine hygiene products to the list of items that homeless assistance providers can purchase with federal grant funds, and due to her efforts, the Federal Bureau of Prisons agreed to provide female inmates with menstrual products free of charge.