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DeLauro: Trump’s Plan for Paid Leave Will Not Help the Majority of Americans

May 19, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (May 19, 2017) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding news that President Trump’s budget, which will be released next week, will include a paid parental leave proposal.

“President Trump’s plan to include paid parental leave in his budget is a sign of the growing recognition that America’s families need paid leave, but his plan falls far short of what the nation needs and will leave many Americans without paid family leave. From only covering new parents and capping the benefit at six weeks, to leaving the development up to the states, the Administration’s plan does not address the issue in the comprehensive way that is needed for hard working Americans.

“We need a policy that includes paid time off to care for a seriously ill or injured family member, which includes parents and children, as well as for workers who themselves have a serious health issue and for military families—not just for the birth or adoption of a child. By limiting his plan to parental leave only, President Trump leaves out about three-quarters of workers who need leave in any given year. Further, his plan should also be expanded to twelve weeks, to align with well-established law under the Family and Medical Leave Act. We also need a national standard, not a state by state hodge-podge.

“Rather than enacting an insufficient plan, President Trump should support the FAMILY Act, which is the right way to bring paid leave to families across the country. More than 130 U.S. Representatives and 28 U.S. Senators support the legislation and I would welcome President Trump to support it as well.”

DeLauro has long championed paid family and medical leave, having introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act) in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013. DeLauro reintroduced the legislation again this year with more than 100 original Democratic cosponsors and that number has grown substantially since introduction just a few months ago. The FAMILY Act also has the support of a broad and diverse advocacy coalition spanning organizations in virtually every state and a range of large, medium and small businesses.