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Congress ponders its 'potty parity' gap
McClatchy News Service via SacBee ^ | 12/24/6 | Margaret Talev

Posted on 12/24/2006 8:36:19 AM PST by SmithL

When nature calls during a debate or vote in the House of Representatives, what's a member of Congress to do? The answer, even as the first female speaker of the House prepares to be sworn in next month, depends on gender.

The members-only House men's room, with its shoeshine stand, fireplace and television tuned to floor proceedings, is nestled a few paces from the House chamber, beside the speaker's lounge, flanked by Capitol police. How convenient.

Reaching the women's equivalent is more challenging. It entails traversing a hall where tourists gather, or entering the minority leader's office, navigating a corridor that winds past secretarial desks and punching in a keypad code to ensure restricted access. Not so convenient.

So when Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, takes the gavel, she may revisit, along with the Iraq war and raising the minimum wage, the question of potty parity.

Starting in January, the 435-member House will have a record 71 women. (The 100-member Senate will have 16 women, also a record.) Asked whether female House members should also get a loo off the chamber, Pelosi said, "I'm all for it -- let's find a spot."

Mischievously, she said she's eyeing the men's room just steps from the chamber, "but the gentlemen, they just won't get out of there."

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: congressionalpotty; pee

1 posted on 12/24/2006 8:36:21 AM PST by SmithL
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Nancy Pelosi is deeply disturbed.


2 posted on 12/24/2006 8:36:51 AM PST by SmithL (Where are we going? . . . . And why are we in this handbasket????)
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To: SmithL

Make her walk,she looks like she needs the exercise.


3 posted on 12/24/2006 8:38:52 AM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: SmithL

Just equip the podium and all the members' chairs with built-in toilets. This way the proceedings would not have to be interrupted, and the quality of their legislative output would noticeably improve.


4 posted on 12/24/2006 8:40:28 AM PST by GSlob
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To: SmithL

Here in Texas, women's restrooms have MORE toilets than men's, for the same population...like double. Is that PARITY, or CHARITY?


5 posted on 12/24/2006 8:40:56 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: SmithL
Equal treatment?


6 posted on 12/24/2006 8:45:29 AM PST by traditional1
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To: GSlob
"Just equip the podium and all the members' chairs with built-in toilets. This way the proceedings would not have to be interrupted, and the quality of their legislative output would noticeably improve."

Have you ever seen the House in session (not on C-Span). It is amazing how few members are actually on the floor at any given time. Unless there is a vote, most are still in their offices watching the proceedings on C-Span while doing other "work." When there is a vote, they are all summoned via PDA to come to the floor.

So, frankly, I don't see the need for a restroom for either gender on the floor so long as members are engaging in that practice.
7 posted on 12/24/2006 8:48:45 AM PST by AVNevis (In memory of Emily Keyes (1990-2006))
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To: AVNevis

Issue those little plastic thingies to the "ladies" so they can pee standing up in the mens room....I am sure shrillary can demonstrate their use.


8 posted on 12/24/2006 8:54:34 AM PST by spokeshave (The Democrat Party stands for open treason in a time of war.)
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To: SmithL

She can stand at a urinal like anyone with penis envy.


9 posted on 12/24/2006 8:58:26 AM PST by weegee
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To: 2harddrive

Yep. In some places that meant reducing the number of male restrooms in a public building by converting male only facilities to female only.

They claim that the "lines are longer" so we can bear standing. Alternately they convert facilities to make us pee in a trough.


10 posted on 12/24/2006 9:01:45 AM PST by weegee
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To: SmithL

They should remove all restrooms from the Capitol. The less time Congress spends in session, the less damage they can do.

The only bathrooms remaining should be for people who actually WORK in the Capitol -- security, maintenance and cleaning people.


11 posted on 12/24/2006 9:09:42 AM PST by MediaMole (9/11 - We have already forgotten.)
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To: 2harddrive
That's about right... one of those marvellous research projects showed the the girls need about twice the time of the boys, for reasons that are still mysterious, to complete their ablutions. So, twice the potties.
12 posted on 12/24/2006 9:11:19 AM PST by Partout
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To: AVNevis
"Just equip the podium and all the members' chairs with built-in toilets. This way the proceedings would not have to be interrupted, and the quality of their legislative output would noticeably improve...

just the opposite....these people are so full of shift, that the proceedings would have to constanly be stopped to accomodate all the honey wagon visits.
13 posted on 12/24/2006 9:18:11 AM PST by stylin19a ("Klaatu Barada Nikto")
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To: SmithL

Since there are insufficient bathroom facilities, the most cost-effective solution is to ban the election of women to Congress.


14 posted on 12/24/2006 9:26:35 AM PST by mhx
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To: SmithL

For crying out loud- they are our elected officials who work on important issues and as such, they should be required to wear depends so that they won't waste any of our time running to the bathroom during important events! They can always jump in a river after work & clean off- get hte job done- stop wasting taxpayers money by frivelous actions such as potty runs! http://sacredscoop.com


15 posted on 12/24/2006 9:34:53 AM PST by CottShop
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To: SmithL

Every screw is historic.

How fitting that Caligula Pelosi would sacrifice history so the taxpayer can deal with her "evacuations"


16 posted on 12/24/2006 9:39:09 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SmithL

I really feel sorry for the BEB. She can go pee up a rope as far as I am concerned.


17 posted on 12/24/2006 9:41:29 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: SmithL

America sure did screw the pooch when they threw their childish tantrum on November 7th. We are going to be paying for it for the next two years.


18 posted on 12/24/2006 9:41:50 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (When I was a kid, "global warming" was known as "the weather.")
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To: spokeshave

19 posted on 12/24/2006 9:46:38 AM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: SmithL
I can see where this is going to be a bigger problem than it ever has been. These days more of our congress critters are full of sh*t than at any other time in history. LOL!
20 posted on 12/24/2006 9:50:48 AM PST by NRA2BFree (May you always have love to share, health to spare, and friends that care.)
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To: longtermmemmory

"Every screw is historic. "

Like Clinton said, "The worst BJ I ever had was fantastic."


21 posted on 12/24/2006 9:53:29 AM PST by gcruse (http://garycruse.blogspot.com/)
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To: SmithL

I'll bet more than half these women would prefer to use the men's room anyhow. In fact, some of them will probably insist on it.


22 posted on 12/24/2006 9:58:32 AM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: longtermmemmory
Every screw is historic.

Exactly--it makes sense that the women's facilities wouldn't be right there. The building was built at a time when women didn't generally get elected to Congress.

23 posted on 12/24/2006 9:59:15 AM PST by proud American in Canada (Thy Will Be Done.)
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To: SmithL
I have an instant solution. Rent a couple of porta potties and put them right in the house chamber. Put one of them on the dias right behind the Speaker's podium. Most convenient.
24 posted on 12/24/2006 10:02:49 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SmithL
"Where will you be when diarrhea strikes?"
25 posted on 12/24/2006 10:04:25 AM PST by mikrofon (PELOSI (D) -- anagrams to -- SPOILED)
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To: 2harddrive

Here in Texas, women's restrooms have MORE toilets than men's, for the same population...like double. Is that PARITY, or CHARITY?

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

It is rational. Men can use urinals. Women can't.

Besides that women more often have charge of small children, who have absolutely no understanding of "Hurry up! Others are waiting." Women have more complicated clothing and sanitary napkin issues.

It just steams me when at a concert or large event women have long lines and men can just walk in and out of their restrooms.


26 posted on 12/24/2006 10:09:08 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid)
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To: SmithL

She'll probably add a trnasgender bathroom.
San Fransicko Democrat values.


27 posted on 12/24/2006 10:12:09 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: SmithL

Oh, we can probably look forward to 'Barney's Bathhouse' too.


28 posted on 12/24/2006 10:13:12 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: SmithL

Get out your wallets. Think the military paid a lot for toilet seats? You ain't seen nothin' yet, now that Nancy's in charge of the checkbook!

Why doesn't she hold a Bakesale with the proceeds going toward a "Ladies Room?" 'The Beast' could bake her arsenic-laced Chocolate Chip Cookies for the cause.

Solidarity, Ladies!

(Is "The First 100 Hours" up YET?)


29 posted on 12/24/2006 10:18:00 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: All
"Reaching the women's equivalent is more challenging. It entails traversing a hall where tourists gather, or entering the minority leader's office, navigating a corridor that winds past secretarial desks and punching in a keypad code ..."

Oh my goodness ... they would have to actually be seen by and have to walk amongst the unwashed masses and lowly secretaries to get to the bathroom. The horror of it all ...

30 posted on 12/24/2006 10:18:33 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Cicero

Isn't that jumping jim jeffords office?

will Caligulosi order an orgy room and bath chambers to go with her san francesco values?


31 posted on 12/24/2006 10:20:57 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SmithL
I thought the article would be about no longer forcing us to use those stupid low-water toilets, reaching "potty parity" with Canada, where functioning toilets are legal.

Instead it's about where Members of Congress go to the bathroom. I'm struggling to come up with a less important topic than that. Comfort level of gopher holes, maybe.

32 posted on 12/24/2006 10:26:56 AM PST by Athwart
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To: SmithL

Caligula also demanded a sky bridge to the temply of Jupiter from his palace. This way he could portray himself as an emperor who communes with the gods.

Caligulosi wants her own recognition as a empress.



IOW Speaker Caligulosi demands imperial throne.


33 posted on 12/24/2006 10:27:27 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Athwart

Pelosi demands taxpayers pay for new throne for her.


Caligulosi has spoken!


34 posted on 12/24/2006 10:29:30 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: wintertime

"It just steams me when at a concert or large event women have long lines and men can just walk in and out of their restrooms."


Why whine about it at FR? Since you seem unhappy with basic human design, wouldn't prayer be more appropriate?


35 posted on 12/24/2006 10:34:08 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principles, - -)
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To: Farmer Dean

Won't help because she is always full of it.


36 posted on 12/24/2006 10:40:03 AM PST by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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To: GladesGuru

wouldn't prayer be more appropriate

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God helps those who act.

Women do often take over the men's rooms. And,,,it does seem that management is finally get the idea. Architects are now designing restrooms that can be converted to either women's or men's facilities depending upon the numbers of women or men expected at an event.

Also...my mentioning the problem here on Free Republic may encourage a developer or architect posting here to reconsider the designs of the restroom facilities.


37 posted on 12/24/2006 10:44:18 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid)
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To: GladesGuru; All

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Caligulosi will introduce a line parity bill which forces men to wait in the toilet line an equal amount of time. There will be a new federal agency developed, funded and union employee manned to measure and determine the appropriate time waits. Each public restroom will have a potty monitor as part of the Supervised Health Inspection Team Department of FEMA.
(/s)


38 posted on 12/24/2006 10:47:02 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SmithL

I am amazed at all of the hostile male comments on this thread. Shouldn't you guys be at the mall today desparately trying to find a Christmas present for your significant other? If there are only male bathrooms close by and the women's bathrooms are much farther away, then, yes, there should be some bathrooms for women to use close by.


39 posted on 12/24/2006 10:56:38 AM PST by sportutegrl (This thread is useless without pix.)
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To: SmithL

Go to the men's room. I doubt that it would be too traumatizing.


40 posted on 12/24/2006 10:59:15 AM PST by bannie
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To: wintertime
my mentioning the problem here on Free Republic may encourage a developer or architect posting here to reconsider the designs of the restroom facilities.

grandeur.

41 posted on 12/24/2006 11:01:55 AM PST by bannie
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To: sportutegrl

this is not a shopping mall.

by your recomendation we should bulldoze the entire capitol and build a nice squre generic office space.

Who cares about history?

Perhaps they should just paint over the Brumidi Frescos, after all they are old. Statues? get rid of them, they only take space.

The dome is made of metal, perhaps we should recycle it so we could be eco friendly...

They could always take TURNS! They have enough union based employees just hanging around.


42 posted on 12/24/2006 11:42:41 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

The House Chamber was obviously fitted with bathrooms at a time when only men were representatives. I am actually shocked to find that while the men's restroom is very close to the chamber, a restroom for women is a long walk away. I don't think we have to gut the building to fix this.


43 posted on 12/24/2006 11:55:47 AM PST by sportutegrl (This thread is useless without pix.)
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To: wintertime
As a male, I agree. There are various natural reasons why women need longer to go to the bathroom, and thus need more facilities than men to try to even out the wait times. I don't mind it at all.
44 posted on 12/24/2006 11:58:39 AM PST by AVNevis (In memory of Emily Keyes (1990-2006))
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To: sportutegrl

From what I saw there, it is very difficult to move anything without major historic significance. I understand they redid the senate bathrooms recently.


Even if they trade bathroom space for hallway space, they impact upon the tile and the frescos in the ceiling. or even the view of a long hallway.

http://clerk.house.gov/histHigh/Virtual_Tours/index.html


45 posted on 12/24/2006 4:20:48 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SmithL

Since the new Speaker is from San Francisco, she will probably make the bathroom unisex.


46 posted on 12/24/2006 6:57:40 PM PST by reg45
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To: wintertime

Actually, there HAVE been urnials for women patented...just none mass-produced...yet.


47 posted on 12/25/2006 12:33:45 PM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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