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Opening Arguments

Bathroom break

Finally, potty parity hits the U.S. House:

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner is tearing down the Parliamentarian's office to build female members of Congress a restroom.

Currently, only male lawmakers are afforded the ability to walk steps from the House floor to use the restroom. Women must walk across Statuary Hall to the Lindy Claiborne Boggs room, but the 71 women who will serve in the 112th Congress will be able to walk out the Democratic side of the chamber straight to the bathroom.

It's been noted that it is at least a little ironic that this was done by the incoming male speaker, not the current female speaker. And Ed Morrisey points out that what Congress is doing is finally living by the same rules it insists on for others. Back in March:

Lawmakers concerned about a shortage of women's restrooms in federal buildings introduced the “Potty Parity Act” on Thursday to ensure equal access for men and women in future federal buildings and in facilities leased by the government.