It is a smart thing he has decided to do. However, now it appears I will have to defend him.
Erika Lovley pens "Women's bathroom in House: $200K" (Politico). I do not think $200,000 for a women's bathroom is too much. Currently, they really do not have one. What US House Rep. Boehner is doing is addressing that imbalance. 71 women are in the House now and they should be able to leave the floor of Congress, go to the restroom and then dash back in the same way the male members do.
Remember my friend Treva? She is coming for a visit this January. But that is not why I bring her up. A mutual friend of ours went to work for the government. Her first name is Jane. And in the late 80s, Treva and I went to visit her when my family was visiting Treva one summer. So we were happy to see Jane and we were hugging. Jane had stepped out of her office to talk to us and then apologized because she needed to go to the ladies room. No problem, what friends ever let their friend go to the ladies room alone?
We walked and walked and walked. And passed one men's room after another. Over and over. We finally got to a ladies room. On that floor, there were four men's rooms and only one ladies room. Why? We were in a building the government had bought from AT&T and AT&T did not have a lot of women working in that building when they first built it.
It was so unfair. On every floor, that was how the set up was.
And that is how the House is. Women did not serve in the House when the building was built. Now they do. They should not have to leave the floor and travel 15 to 20 minutes to use the restroom and then return to the floor. The men do not have to do that. The set up is made simple for them. It should be for women as well.
I applaud John Bohener for his decision and I think it is the sort of thing that women can and will be able to relate to. It was a smart move on his part.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: