07/10/2019 | Press release | Archived content
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) applauded the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act's (NDAA) inclusion of a bipartisan amendment providing 12 weeks of paid family medical leave to federal workers to care for themselves and their families. The amendment reflects language in H.R. 1534, the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA). Rep. Raskin cosponsored the amendment and the legislation, which were originally introduced and championed by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12).
'The federal government is our nation's largest employer with more than 2.1 million employees all across the country. The federal government can and should be a model employer for the private sector in this area. Now, with the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act as part of the NDAA we can make that happen,' said Rep. Maloney. 'When I was pregnant with my first child and asked about the leave policy, the response I got was, 'Leave? What leave? Women just leave.' That's not acceptable. This isn't a Republican or Democratic issue - this is a family issue.'
The provision would guarantee 12 weeks of paid leave: