Rep. Grace Meng, a Democrat congresswoman from New York, is proposing a bill called the Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2017 (H.R. 972). Apparently, “menstrual equity” is a major issue in America.

Rep. Meng wrote in a Marie Claire article:

Did you know that there are girls who skip school when they get their periods? If they can’t afford pads or tampons and don’t want anyone to see they’ve stained their clothes, they may feel like they have no choice. That’s not just something that happens in developing countries. It happens right here in the United States. Right in my home district of Queens, New York.

Meng’s bill would fix problems concerning the availability of menstrual necessities to women that are homeless or in prison.

1. Allow individuals to buy menstrual hygiene products with money they contribute to their flexible spending accounts.

2. Provide a refundable tax credit to low-income individuals who regularly use menstrual hygiene products.

3. Allow grant funds from the Emergency Food and Shelter Grant Program, which can be used by homeless assistance providers for essential household items, to be used for menstrual hygiene products.

4. Require each state to provide menstrual hygiene products to female inmates and detainees, at no cost and on demand, as a condition of receiving funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

5. Direct the Secretary of Labor to require employers with 100 or more employees to provide menstrual hygiene products to their employees free of charge.

Meng claims a major factor for this bill is the fact that women spend a nearly $2,500 on menstrual products of her entire lifetime.

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According to Meng, the bill has already gotten 21 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

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