As President Barack Obama noted during his 2015 State of the Union address, “We are the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers.”
With our current policies, the United States ranks among the lowest in the world on paid leave — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12 percent of American private-sector workers have access to paid family leave through their employers.
And as we reach a critical crux for our country, we must decide whether to continue the progress of President Obama and Vice President Biden with another Democratic President, or take our country backwards like the Republican Presidential field describes.
Democrats know that when families are stronger, our economy is stronger.
- Our last Republican President left us with an economy where we were losing 750,000 jobs a month, countless homes were being foreclosed and too many families were left devastated.
- Under the current Democratic administration, we have experienced 67 straight months – five full years – of private sector job growth. Pay and benefits rose in 2014 by the most in the last six years.
- Democrats stand behind policies like raising the wage, equal pay for women and paid family leave to continue that progress.
- EVERY member of the Democratic Presidential Field supports requiring paid family leave.
- NOT A SINGLE MEMBER of the Republican presidential field supports requiring paid family leave:
- Marco Rubio voted against an amendment to allow Americans to earn paid sick time, and has said he doesn’t think mothers of newborns deserve paid leave.
- Jeb Bush has said he opposed federal paid maternity leave legislation.
- Chris Christie has said he opposed paid family leave.
- Ted Cruz voted against an amendment to allow Americans to earn paid sick time and has said on maternity and paternity leave: “I don’t think the federal government should be in the business of mandating them.”
- Carly Fiorina has said that policies on paid family leave “hurts women.”
- John Kasich in congress voted multiple times against family and medical leave.
- Rand Paul voted against an amendment to allow Americans to earn paid sick leave.
- Democrats are calling on Paul Ryan to make paid family leave the first bill he brings to the House floor as speaker and we call on the Republican Presidential field to #LeadonLeave because #VoteFamilies1st.
It is time this Congress stops being a do-nothing Congress, and we need to see action on paid family leave.