Heard on the Hill

Tampons Pour In After Maloney Raises Hill Feminine Hygiene Issue

Six individuals send 500 to New York Democrat’s Capitol Hill office

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., is happy to provide tampons to other offices. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney demanded the House of Representatives provide feminine hygiene products, his office received 500 tampons from six private individuals located across the U.S.

The New York Democrat is offering the tampons to fellow congressional offices through an email he will be sending to all House offices.

“I want to make sure every office on the Hill is welcoming to female staff and visitors — and thanks to the generosity of the American people — they will be,” Maloney said in a statement.

He invited colleagues to come to his office in the Longworth House Office Building to pick up the tampons.

[Maloney and Meng Take Tampon Issue to Speaker’s Office]

“A handful of Americans from around the country have donated a total of more than 500 feminine hygiene products to our office. We have more than enough, and want to ensure that every office is equipped to welcome female visitors and staff,” the letter reads.

Earlier this month, Maloney claimed the House finance office asked him to pay back money he used to buy tampons for his office.

The finance office falls under the authority of the Committee on House Administration.

[Sean Patrick Maloney Says Tampon Buy Denied by House Panel]

A House Administration spokeswoman pushed back on the Democrat’s assertions.

“The Committee did not send Rep. Maloney a rejection letter for his purchase of feminine hygiene products. To claim so is false. The Committee did respond to his complaint letter he sent last week with the attached letter,” the spokeswoman said in a statement to Roll Call last week.

Maloney teamed up with Rep. Grace Meng to write a July 6 letter to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, asking for offices to be allowed reimbursement for buying tampons.

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