Sen. Chuck Schumer says paid depart is ‘so important’ to Construct Again Higher
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., in front of the Capitol Senate Houses on December 7, 2021.
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The Senate will shortly consider implementing a federally paid family and sick leave plan as part of the Build Back Better bill.
Lawyers work tirelessly to make sure the problem doesn’t land on the chopping block while lawmakers negotiate to get the package off the ground.
Their efforts were rewarded on Thursday when Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., expressed support for the proposal.
“One of the most important cornerstones of our proposal is paid leave,” Schumer said during a media briefing hosted by Paid Leave for All, a national campaign by organizations fighting for paid family and sick leave.
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“We’re here to say that we’re fighting very hard to get a nationwide full paid vacation as part of the Build Back Better,” said Schumer.
Schumer’s support follows efforts that paid vacation advocates have made to publicly influence him on the matter.
After the proposal was removed from the original framework of the bill passed by the House of Representatives in late October, families in Schumer’s own Brooklyn, New York, in the Park Slope neighborhood, campaigned for the issue.
In early December, more than 750 New York area community organizations and leaders, including Schumer’s rabbis, sent him a letter advocating the proposal.
On Thursday, Schumer said paid family and sick leave was “so important” in light of the challenges Americans face when having newborn children, struggling with an unexpected illness, or caring for a loved one.
In addition, the United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have uniform national standards for family vacations, he noted.
“As the majority leader, I am fighting with all my might to make this a reality,” said Schumer.
The paid family vacation and sick leave proposal could still run into obstacles as Democrats seek to get the Build Back Better package through solely with the backing of their own party.
Senator Joe Manchin, DW.V., has spoken out against the proposal for reasons of cost. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the proposal for a four-week paid vacation over 10 years would cost around $ 205 billion.
Democratic strategists and pollsters have warned that failing to pass the paid vacation proposal, which some polls say is popular with the American public, could have an impact on the 2022 Senate races.
Republicans have been reluctant to create a federal program and have instead tabled a proposal that would incentivize employers to grant paid leave.