Tammy Duckworth brings baby to Senate floor for historic vote

WASHINGTON — One day after the Senate voted to allow babies onto the chamber's floor, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., made history by bringing her 10-day old newborn with her to vote.

Duckworth thought she might be the deciding vote in stopping a disputed Trump administration nominee. That turned out not to be the case, but the baby, Maile Pearl Bowlsbey, still caused a stir on the floor as the first one to appear with a mother who was a senator. On April 9, Duckworth became the first senator to give birth while in office.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., walked up to Duckworth and gave her a hug upon entering the Senate floor. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly approached and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also wandered over.

Duckworth said thank you to McConnell, the gatekeeper of what legislation gets brought to the Senate, for allowing the Senate to change the rules.

Click through to see Duckworth and baby moments before the vote:

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) arrives at the U.S. Capitol with her newborn baby daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey for a vote on the Senate floor April 19, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Senate has voted through by unanimous consent last night to change rules to allow newborn babies under one year old on the floor during votes. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 19: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrives with her newborn baby Maile to cast a vote on the Senate floor on Thursday, April 19, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) arrives at the U.S. Capitol with her newborn baby daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey for a vote on the Senate floor April 19, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Senate has voted through by unanimous consent last night to change rules to allow newborn babies under one year old on the floor during votes. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) arrives at the U.S. Capitol with her newborn baby daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey for a vote on the Senate floor April 19, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Senate has voted through by unanimous consent last night to change rules to allow newborn babies under one year old on the floor during votes. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 19: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., brings her baby, Maile Pearl, into the Capitol for a vote on April 19, 2018. Earlier in the week, a resolution was passed to allow children younger than one-year-old onto the Senate floor for votes. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 19: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., brings her baby, Maile Pearl, into the Capitol for a vote on April 19, 2018. Earlier in the week, a resolution was passed to allow children younger than one-year-old onto the Senate floor for votes. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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When it appeared hers could be the deciding vote on the controversial nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., to become NASA administrator, Duckworth took a brief break from her maternity leave and headed to the Capitol to cast her vote in opposition.

But Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who had threatened to oppose President Donald Trump's nominee, got concessions on an unrelated matter from GOP leaders and cast his vote in support of Bridenstine, allowing his confirmation to pass.

Adding to the drama Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence was present in case he was needed to break a tie. When it became evident he wasn't, Pence left, but some senators remained to witness history, congratulate Duckworth on her new family member and, of course, to see the new baby.

The Senate chamber became one of the most exclusive clubs in the 1800s, when senators complained about too many people who were allowed to come onto the floor. Senators then created a list that has been added to over the last century but still allows just a few people into the chamber. Those include the president and vice president, members of Congress, the mayor of Washington and senators' staff members. And, now, newborn babies are part of that list.

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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 7; Helicopter pilot Major Ladda Tammy Duckworth, of the Illinois National Guard in Chicago, IL demonstrates the improved use of her right arm as she talks to DAV member and Vietnam Veteran Don Sioss about her injuries and treatment as members of the Disabled American Veterans visit wounded soldiers who have recently returned from Iraq and are now at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC on January 7, 2005. Major Duckworth said she is interested in flying again. (photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)
VILLA PARK, IL - MARCH 21: Tammy Duckworth, Democratic candidate for the 6th congressional district in Illinois, campaigns with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) at a commuter train stop March 21, 2006 in Villa Park, Illinois. Duckworth, a former Army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in a 2004 rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq, is running for the House seat occupied by retiring GOP Rep. Henry Hyde. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 4, 2006: At her campaign headquarters, Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth shares a moment with her husband Illinois Army Guard Capt. Bryan Bowlsbey. Maj. Ladda 'Tammy' Duckworth, 37, spent nearly a year at Washington's Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is an Illinois National Guard helicopter pilot who lost both legs and full use of her right arm when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her Blackhawk in a 2004 attack in Iraq. She is running for U.S. congress and hopes to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Hyde, a Republican who has held a House seat for more than 30 years. Duckworth must first beat two other Democrats in a primary and then take on Peter Roskam, a Republican state senator in the GOP-leaning district. (Photo by Andrea Bruce Woodall/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 19: Sixth congressional district Democratic Candidate Tammy Duckworth (L) shakes hands with her Republican opponent Peter Roskam prior to a debate October 19, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Moderator Steve Edwards sits between the two. The candidates are running for the seat being vacated by Henry Hyde (R-IL). (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Hoffman Estates, UNITED STATES: Democratic Party candidate for US Representative from the 6th Congressional District of Illinois Tammy Duckworth, an Army helicopter pilot who was injured in Iraq losing both legs, talks with supporters 14 October 2006 after a town hall breakfast at the Local 839 Carpenters Union hall in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. On 12 November 2004, Duckworth was co-piloting a Black Hawk helicopter north of Baghdad when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the cockpit of her aircraft and exploded costing her both legs and shattering her right arm. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
DENVER - AUGUST 26: Tammy Duckworth, Iraq war veteran and director of the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs, enjoys the proceedings during day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the Pepsi Center August 26, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will be officially be nominated as the Democratic candidate for U.S. president on the last day of the four-day convention. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth from Illinois approaches the podium at the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday, September 4, 2012. (Harry E. Walker/MCT via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Il, talks about the problems plaguing the Veterans Administration in her office in the Cannon Building May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. Duckworth lost both legs in the Iraq War when the Blackhawk she was piloting was shot down in 2004. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 04: Illinois nominee for Congress Tammy Duckworth speaks during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (L) stands with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, D-IL, (R) during a Coordinated Victory Fund Event in Chicago, Illinois, October 9, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) carries her daughter Abigail during a mock swearing in with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during the opening day of the 115th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 3: U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) participates in a reenacted swearing-in with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day Biden swore in the newly elected and returning members on the Senate floor. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
U.S. Senators (left to right) Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) meet with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, center, on Capitol Hill in Washington March 21, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 11: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.,listens during the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Transportation nominee Elaine Chao in the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 15: Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., make their way to a vote in the Capitol, March 15, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (C) talks to reporters with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) following the weekly Democratic policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol November 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Democratic leaders were critical of the proposed Republican tax cut and reform legislation that is now working its way the House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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