Biden Calls for Paid Leave for All

President Biden made his most public commitment to passing America’s first ever national paid family leave program this Thursday, at a White House event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

Joined on stage by Vice President Kamala Harris and former president Bill Clinton, President Biden said, “94% of our lowest wage workers, mostly women and workers of color, have no paid family leave at all. I remain committed to changing that by passing a national program of paid leave for all.”

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 02: (L-R) U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton walk into the East Room for an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act at the White House on February 02, 2023 in Washington, DC. Some Democrats in Congress are calling on Biden to expand access to the FMLA by, in part, including a national 12-week paid family leave system as part of his proposed federal budget. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

“It’s about being a country where women and all people can both work and raise a family,” he said. “How can we compete in a global economy if millions of American parents, especially moms, can’t join the workforce?”

His remarks, greeted by loud cheers from those in the audience, followed speeches by Vice President Harris and former president Clinton, who also called for significant action and the implementation of paid leave. 


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