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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

The Senate has approved a change to its long-standing rule that banned all children from being on the floor to allow Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to bring her baby to the floor during voting sessions.

Why it matters: Earlier this month, Duckworth became the first senator in U.S. history to give birth while in office. She gathered bipartisan support for the rule change which applies to children under the age of one. The symbolic approval comes at a time when family friendly workplace policies are gaining in popularity and necessity.

Duckworth lauded the move on Twitter saying it will "bring the Senate into the 21st Century by recognizing that sometimes new parents also have responsibilities at work."

Flashback: Last year, a photo of an Australian lawmaker breastfeeding her infant daughter in federal Parliament went viral as she was the first lawmaker in the country's history to do so.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.