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‘A Critical First Step': Federal Employees Are Poised to Get Paid Parental Leave As White House Pushes For Budget-Neutral National Version

Posted On: Dec 13, 2019   |   Posted By: Time

Just 24 hours before the U.S. House moved to approve articles of impeachment against President Trump, his daughter and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump claimed a win for the White House.
“We want the United States to be the best place in the world to live, to work, and to raise a family,” she announced triumphantly to a small crowd of Administration staffers, Members of Congress, and families at the White House's inaugural “Summit on Child Care and Paid Parental Leave” on Thursday morning.
The day before, Congress had reached an agreement to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave to the government's 2.1 million federal employees. The $3.3 billion provision, embedded in the National Defense Authorization Act , passed the House on Wednesday and is anticipated to pass in the Senate next week.
Congressional Democrats, who have long pushed for paid parental leave provisions, struck a deal with the White House earlier this year: Democrats gave Trump his proposed Space Force in exchange for including federal...

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