Congress is talking about paid family leave. Will lawmakers do anything?
Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave. But they disagree on how to do it. U.S. House lawmakers debated three bills on Capitol Hill last week that would take dramatically different approaches to expanding access to paid leave, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on the best approach. Congress is diving into the issue as polls show that most Americans support paid family and medical leave for all workers. The United States lags far behind the rest of the world when it comes to paid leave for new parents — it’s one of only two countries in the United Nations with no statutory national policy of paid maternity leave. More than 200 House Democrats have signed on to the bill, including Kildee, as has one Republican. The other six Michigan Democrats also are original co-sponsors: U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly).