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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

DeLauro Statement on Republicans’ Inadequate Paid Leave Bill

August 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (August 2, 2018)Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), released the following statement in response to Senator Marco Rubio’s newly released paid leave bill, which forces workers to pay for paid leave by borrowing against their future Social Security benefits. DeLauro is the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and author of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (H.R.947).

“Workers should not have to permanently cut their Social Security retirement benefits in order to take paid family or medical leave—yet that is exactly Senator Rubio’s bill would do. His legislation would break the promise of Social Security, which provides millions of Americans with economic security in their retirement. On top of that, recent research from the Urban Institute reaffirmed that using Social Security benefits in this fashion would jeopardize workers’ retirement security. That is simply the wrong path to take.”

“Instead of raiding Social Security, Congress should work to enact the FAMILY Act, which would ensure that workers can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a pregnancy, the birth or adoption of a child, to recover from a serious illness, or to care for a seriously ill family member. The time for paid family and medical leave is long overdue and we will keep fighting until no American worker has to choose between sacrificing a paycheck or their earned Social Security benefits and caring for their family.”