Advice To 2020 Candidates: Talk About Paid Family Leave
Step 4: Pick and champion a policy. The candidates in the field have strong records on which to build a robust debate. Every current or recent former member of Congress running for president is a
supporter of Gillibrand and Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s
FAMILY Act, which would create a national paid family and medical leave insurance fund that would cover nearly all working people in the U.S. for up to 12 weeks when they need time away from work to care for a new child or address a serious personal or family health issue. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee
signed one of the nation’s most robust state paid leave laws, which will go into effect just before the Iowa caucuses next winter. Mayors
Buttigieg and
de Blasio adopted paid parental leave programs for the public employees in their cities. Even President Donald Trump has
proposed six weeks of leave for new parents. Candidates’ lived experiences, policy expertise, and worldviews make this issue ripe for discussion and differentiation.