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The Progressive Policy That Should Be Getting Headlines

That same day, Congress held its third hearing this year on paid family leave. The hearing was the first Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) convened as chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.


It’s notable that Maloney chose paid leave as her opener. She kicked off proceedings by recounting how she had asked about the parental leave policy at her office when she was pregnant with her first child many years ago.


“Do you know what they said? They said: Leave? What leave? Women just leave. We expect you to leave,” Maloney recounted at the hearing. “That was an unacceptable answer then and it’s an unacceptable answer now for families across the country.”


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