(ConservativeInsider.org) – It’s no secret that adding to a family takes a lot of work and puts a lot of stress on parents. With this, many Americans and their representatives are hoping for the addition of paid parental leave to the federal budget. The Democrats’ push for this got a boost recently when even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) began campaigning for the policy, but there’s a caveat.
On Thursday, December 9, Schumer spoke during a Paid Leave for All briefing about making paid parental leave a federal program, calling it “one of the most important planks” of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan. He shared more of his thoughts on the subject on Twitter:
We're the only developed nation without national paid family & medical leave standards for all families
We’re 1 of only 7 countries in the world to not guarantee paid leave for new moms
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 10, 2021
While few people can dispute that new mothers need a few weeks to recover and connect with their baby after delivery, Americans debate about just how to pay for it. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates 4 weeks of paid leave for parents would cost approximately $205 billion for the first 10 years. With this staggering number, Republicans would much rather incentivize businesses to pay for their own parental leave benefits.
Only time, and Americans asking their representatives to stand for or against this proposal, will tell how it unfolds. However, with most developed nations having some form of paid parental leave, it seems almost inevitable that lawmakers institute such a policy in America at some point soon.
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