Welch Highlights Burlington Business in Push for More Family-Friendly U.S. Capitol Complex
BURLINGTON, Vt. – On the heels of gaining House approval of his bipartisan amendment to make the U.S. Capitol complex more family friendly, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) will deliver a letter this week to Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers urging him to partner with Burlington-based Mamava to add lactation stations in the Capitol and House office buildings. Mamava specializes in free-standing lactation rooms for mothers nursing their child in public areas.
Welch made the announcement at Burlington International Airport which hosts a Mamava pod to serve traveling families. He was joined by Mamava CEO Sascha Mayer and Burlington Airport Aviation Director of Aviation Gene Richards.
The letter is part of Welch’s ongoing effort to make the U.S. Capitol Complex more family-friendly. In June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Welch-authored bipartisan amendment to H.R. 5325, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, that would bring the Capitol and House office buildings into compliance with the General Services Administration (GSA) requirements for nursing rooms in federal buildings. Welch’s amendment was cosponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), co-chair of the Maternity Care Caucus, and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues.
“As you work to increase the number of lactations stations in the Capitol complex, I want to introduce you to Mamava, an outstanding women-owned small business in Vermont that specializes in free-standing lactation rooms in public areas for nursing women.” Welch wrote in his letter to Director Ayers. “These cost effective ‘pods’ provide privacy to women who need to breast pump in high traffic spaces such as stadiums and airports.”
Welch’s initiative was triggered after a local news report revealed the U.S. Capitol complex lacks sufficient accommodations for mothers nursing their child. Currently, there are 12 lactation rooms on the Capitol campus, far short of the 42 required for compliance with GSA’s family friendly standards for federal buildings.