President Joe Biden’s original proposal was a national paid leave program with partial wage replacement that would phase in 12 weeks of paid leave over the course of 10 years. The House, led by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), separately put together a roughly $500 billion private-public proposal to provide 12 weeks of paid leave for Americans to care for a new child or a sick loved one, or to deal with a family death or the deployment of a military spouse.
The White House acknowledged Wednesday that such proposals did not have Manchin’s support, but there was a sliver of hope throughout the week that Manchin could accept some kind of compromise.
In recent weeks, paid leave advocates have grumbled that the White House didn’t throw enough weight behind paid leave. The policy was accidentally left out of a fact sheet on the Build Back Better plan, and supporters of the policy wanted to see the president or vice president promoting more stories that would elevate the policy.
“One wonders whether more emphasis from the White House on paid leave would have created more political will,” said Vicki Shabo, an expert on paid leave at the think tank New America.
There was hope the pandemic, which showed how unprotected workers are if they fall ill or must care for a sick family member, would serve as some momentum for a paid leave program in the United States.
Congress put in place a temporary federal paid leave mandate during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, followed by some financial incentives for companies to voluntarily offer paid time off to sick workers. When paid leave fell out of the American Rescue Plan, Democrats’ COVID-19 relief bill passed earlier this year, lawmakers vowed to get it included in this next package.
It’s a remarkably popular proposal, even with Republicans, polling above 70% in recent surveys. The last major gain in paid leave in the United States was under former President Donald Trump, who signed the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act into law, giving roughly 2 million federal workers access to 12 weeks of parental leave.
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