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Media Contact: Kristen Day, Executive Director, DFLA
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Washington DC, December 16, 2019 – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) commends the passage by Congress of a guarantee of 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal workers as part of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The President is expected to sign the bill into law.
“This is an excellent step forward in ensuring a whole-life culture in our country,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life. “The United States is currently one of only a handful of nations that do not ensure paid family leave by law.”
The existing family leave law, the 1993 Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), signed into law by President Bill Clinton, guarantees workers only unpaid family leave (up to 12 weeks) after the birth of a child. The new law will guarantee paid leave for the roughly 2 million workers employed by the federal government nationwide.
“The time off under the FMLA was only a first step,” said Day. “This bill, which is long overdue, will help working men and women during a critical time with their newborn by providing financial security to focus on this new precious life.”
DFLA, the leading voice for the 21 million Americans who identify as Democrats and pro-life, has supported several proposals in Congress that would extend paid leave further to working families in private industry, including a proposal by Rep. Rosa DeLaura (D-CT) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). DFLA is reviewing a bipartisan bill by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). and a proposal by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Ivanka Trump has also stated that she views paid family leave as a priority and a six-week paid leave proposal was included in President Trump’s budget.
“It is encouraging to see efforts and proposals from both sides of the aisle to provide more support to new parents,” said Day “Paid leave will impact millions of families across the nation, and help build up a culture of life. We urge Congress to continue to push forward and provide this benefit to millions of Americans who work in the private sector.”