Bill Would Give Federal Workers 6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave

Democrats in Congress have reintroduced legislation that would give federal workers six weeks of paid parental leave.

Democrats in Congress are responding to President Obama’s call to expand paid parental leave.

At a press conference on Monday, five Democratic Members of Congress announced the reintroduction of the Paid Parental Leave Act. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Don Beyer (D-VA) made the announcement.

The bill would give federal employees six weeks of paid parental leave for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.

The Paid Parental Leave Act was last introduced in 2013 at which time it only provided for four weeks of paid leave. It ultimately failed to advance.

With the president behind the idea this time, will it fare better in the new Congress? We will keep our readers updated of any new information as it becomes available.

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