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June 30, 2005

Real Pro-Family Politics

Conservatives love children until they're born. But how about supporting a policy to help moms and dads stay home with the kids for those critical months after they're born?

The Family and Medical Leave Act allowing UNPAID time off was a good start, but now Congressional leaders have introduced the PAID Family and Medical Leave Act of 2005 to give people 55% of their wages for 12 weeks time off, whether to care for a newborn or adopted child, take care of a sick family member, or take care of their own short-term disability.

The program builds on a successful model in California which just began providing 5 weeks of paid leave for workers.

This is a winning issue for progressives which we should be pushing as hard as we can. Pro-family and pro-worker. Let's see the rightwing show their true colors by opposing this one.

Posted by Nathan at June 30, 2005 05:00 PM