Paid Parental Leave Gets Obama's Blessing
Updated 5:16 p.m. ET
Supporters of paid parental leave for federal employees just picked up some big (though not unexpected) support from the White House. The Office of Management and Budget issued the following statement:
Being able to spend time at home with a new child is a critical part of building a strong family. The initial bonding between parents and their new child is essential to healthy child development and providing a firm foundation for the child’s success in life. Measures that support these relationships strengthen our families, our communities, and our nation. The Federal government should reflect its commitment to these core values by helping Federal employees to care for their families as well as serve the public. Providing paid parental leave has been successfully employed by a number of private-sector employers, and can help to make job opportunities accessible to more workers.
The Administration is currently reviewing existing Federal leave policies to determine the extent of their gaps and limitations. The Administration looks forward to working with Congress to refine the details of this legislation to make sure it meets the needs of Federal agencies and employees, as well as their families.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and has more than 50 co-sponsors. Republican lawmakers have expressed opposition to passing the legislation as millions of laid off Americans continue to struggle through the recession.
| June 3, 2009; 3:10 PM ET
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