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Essential Unfinished Business

Sure, Congress debated a multi-billion dollar bailout for the auto industry. (Cost: $50 per U.S. family.) By early March, Congress must decide how hundreds of billions of dollars will be spent ($thousands per family) as it completes the annual spending process that it kicked down the road back in September. More than $800 per family in spending on Hurricane Katrina relief is still being moved around.

But there are important issues, too.

H.R. 693 is entitled the “Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act of 2007.” Shockingly, Congress let this essential legislation languish since its introduction back in January 2007.

In newly acquired or renovated federal buildings, the bill would require the Administrator of General Services to make sure that toilets in women’s restrooms exceed the number of toilets in men’s restrooms (including urinals) by a ratio of 2 to 1. The GSA could issue a statement as to why it’s not needed, but the deal is to create toilet equity by giving women double the number of commodes.

Which raises a question about the word “equity” – . . . Ahhh, nevermind!

Below is the current vote on H.R. 693, the Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act of 2007. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article about the bill.

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