GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE: House Democrats Aim to Add Paid Family Leave for Feds to Defense Policy Bill

House Democrats will attempt to amend the annual Defense authorization bill to provide all federal employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave when lawmakers consider the bill following the July 4 recess.

Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa.; and Adam Smith, D-Wash., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, announced last week that they would include the amendment when the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act comes to the floor for debate later this month.

The amendment mirrors language in the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (H.R. 1534), introduced by Maloney in March. The bill would provide 12 weeks of paid leave to any federal employee related to the birth, adoption or fostering of a child, or to help care for a child, parent or spouse with a serious health condition.

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