California lawmaker brings baby onto state Assembly floor

'Please, please, please pass this bill... And I'm going to go finish feeding my daughter': California lawmaker brings her crying newborn baby onto state Assembly floor after being denied proxy vote California Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks rushed to state Assembly floor on Monday with her baby in her arms to cast vote for housing bill  Wicks' request for proxy vote was denied on the grounds she was not in the higher risk from COVID-19 Wicks welcomed her second daughter, Elly, in July and has been on maternity leave for the past four weeks  Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon later apologized to Wicks for denying her a proxy vote and pledged to 'do better'   Senate Bill 1120 that would have allowed to build duplexes in areas zoned for single-family homes failed to pass the Assembly

By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

Published: 14:51 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 14:56 BST, 2 September 2020

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It was way past her daughter's bedtime, but California lawmaker Buffy Wicks nonetheless brought the four-week-old infant onto the state Assembly floor at around midnight on Monday to support a housing bill after being denied a vote by proxy.   

Assemblywoman Wicks, a Democrat representing Berkeley and Oakland who welcomed her daughter Elly in July, cradled the newborn in her arms beneath a striped blanket as she cast her vote in a futile attempt to save the housing legislation. 

'Please, please, please pass this bill,' the mom-of-two lawmaker said though a mask covering her face. 'And I'm going to go finish feeding my daughter.'

Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat from Oakland, addresses lawmakers on a housing bill while holding her one-month-old daughter Elly in her arms during the final hours of the California legislative session Monday

Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat from Oakland, addresses lawmakers on a housing bill while holding her one-month-old daughter Elly in her arms during the final hours of the California legislative session Monday

The remarkable moment prompted applause from some of her colleagues and quickly went viral on social media, drawing the attention of and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who tweeted at her: '@BuffyWicks has proven time and again she'll always do what’s best for her constituents. But in case

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