Congress OKs bill requiring baby changing tables

Mary Clare Jalonick
Associated Press

Washington — Parents who need to change their kids’ diapers could soon have an easier time of it in federal buildings.

Congress sent legislation Thursday to President Obama to require baby changing stations in both men’s and women’s restrooms in federal buildings that are open to the public. Those buildings include some courthouses, post offices and Social Security offices.

Under the bill, the buildings would be required to have at least one baby-changing facility on each floor. The legislation would require the changes within two years, and makes some exceptions for situations in which it would be cost-prohibitive.

The legislation was passed by voice vote in the Senate after passing the House last week on a vote of 389-34.