Working Families

Family Values means valuing families

  • Vowing to fight for a national minimum wage of $15, and co-sponsoring the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582) in 2019 which would ensure that everyone, including tipped and newly hired employees, be paid a living wage by the year 2025. 


  • Shining a national spotlight on harmful policies from the Trump Administration that negatively impact children, from cutting SNAP to re-defining the poverty line to allowing increased levels of toxins to impact our kids. 


  • Sponsor, H.R. 5592: PUMP (Providing Urgent Maternal Protections) for Nursing Mothers Act. Introduced in 2019, this act modifies current legislation to provide working mothers with additional spaces and protections to breastfeed. 


  • Sponsor, H.R. 1751: Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act. Amends the current Family and Medical Leave Act to expand the circumstances in which the original Act may be invoked. Carolyn also sponsored the Family Medical Leave Modernization Act (H.R. 5456) which allows leave to be taken when a family member has a serious illness. Introduced in 2013.  


  • Sponsor, H.R. 2559: Flexibility for Working Families Act. Allows employees to request temporary or permanent changes to their work schedule and provides job protection in these circumstances. Possible changes include the number of hours, the notice of assignments, or the times an employee is required to work. Introduced in 2013.

Our nation’s families are facing more challenges than ever and Carolyn has been a staunch ally in preserving and expanding the protections for working families since co-sponsoring the pioneering Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (H.R. 1). She has since sponsored a variety of bills that would expand on the original legislation including the Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act of 2016 (H.R. 5518) to ensure that more workers are covered. 


  • Endorsements from major labor unions including: New York State United Teachers, New York States Nurses Association, and the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union. 


  • Sponsoring and successfully passing the landmark Federal Employees Paid Leave Act (H.R. 1534) as part of an omnibus spending package, which guarantees 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child for all 2.1 million federal employees and their families. 


  • As Chair of the House Oversight Committee, she has held hearings on universal paid family leave

  • Negotiating for and passing paid sick leave for COVID-19 victims as part of Coronavirus emergency relief bills


  • Fighting to expand maximum limits on child care tax credits and protecting the Child Tax and Dependent Care Tax Credits, along with other established programs. 


  • Advocating for affordable childcare and introducing bills like the Child Care Affordability Act of 2012 (H.R. 4397) which aimed to increase the number of families that have access to child care by making services more affordable by expanding tax credits and providing additional deductions for children. She is also an advocate for adopting universal pre-k based on New York City's model.