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Video Explains Opposition to Paid Parental Leave

By Ed O'Keefe

On the same day The Eye reports in The Post about a full plate of Congressional measures important to federal workers, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has released a web video explaining his opposition to The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, expected to pass the House as early as this week.

The video includes representatives from several conservative groups opposed to the measure. Issa is not seen nor heard, even though his press staff circulated the video.

"Public employee benefits are already far more generous than what private sector workers make," says Peter Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union. "In fact, they tend to get two-thirds more in benefits and one-quarter more in pay compared to the private sector. They’re already doing a heckuva lot better than the rest of America.”

At the end of the video, Randy Johnson with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce predicts paid parental leave will eventually be forced upon private sector employers: “It will be relatively easily resolved in the federal budget where the costs are passed on to the taxpayer. And then when we have a study that shows it was easily absorbed and the federal sector could deal with it, well then the argument will be made, well let’s easily slap that on to the private sector.”

Issa predicted last month that the bill would leave to a baby boom among federal workers. They "could have one adoption or one foster child per year, resulting in every year you get a new foster child, every year the husband and wife if they are both federal workers would take four weeks off with pay, because they have simply taken in a new foster child."

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 2, 2009; 10:05 AM ET
Categories:  Congress, Workplace Issues  
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Issa predicted last month that the bill would leave to a baby boom among federal workers. They "could have one adoption or one foster child per year, resulting in every year you get a new foster child, every year the husband and wife if they are both federal workers would take four weeks off with pay, because they have simply taken in a new foster child." <-- Yes, you jerk. Adoption proceedings cost upwards of $25,000 per child. While Mr. Issa's key donors may make $25k in four weeks, for the rest of us, just taking 4 unpaid weeks would be a far better proposition for the bottom line. This is a typical GOP, "compassionate conservative" position, and deserves to be called out as such.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | June 2, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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