White House, Democrats Reach Deal to Provide Paid Family Leave

Earlier this year, the House version of the authorization act included the text of a bill introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., which would provide 12 weeks of paid leave to federal employees for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child, or to help care for a child, parent or spouse with a serious medical condition. For years, Maloney had unsuccessfully advocated for parental leave in the form of six weeks for the birth or adoption of a child, but expanded both the scope and amount of leave in this year’s bill.

The agreement appears to provide 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child, but not the provision allowing for the care of an ailing loved one.

According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the deal, in exchange for the leave bill’s inclusion, the Defense policy measure will establish the Space Force as a separate military service branch within the Department of the Air Force, akin to the Marine Corps’ relationship the U.S. Navy.

“This will be a crucial win for federal employees and their families and a significant development in our ongoing fight for comprehensive paid family and medical leave for all Americans,” Maloney told the Journal. Read more here.

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