Gillibrand renews push for paid family & medical leave
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Supporters of paid medical and family leave may have to wait until next year before Congress acts.
It comes as Senate Republicans blocked a measure this week that would have covered 2 million federal workers. That’s despite several GOP lawmakers introducing similar bills of their own.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is proposing 12 weeks of paid medical and family leave for all working Americans. She’s urging both Republicans and Democrats to consider a payroll tax to cover the costs, rather than forcing Americans to work overtime instead.
“It shouldn’t be so hard. So many workers around the country have new children, sick spouses, elderly parents, and they need access to paid leave,” Gillibrand said Wednesday during a speech on the Senate floor.
The 1993 Family Medical Leave Act already requires businesses with 50 employees or more to allow for 12 weeks of leave every year. But in some cases, the time away is not paid.