Senate Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave for Working Families

July 12, 2018

On July 11, the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy hosted a hearing examining the importance of paid family leave. Subcommittee Chairman, Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sponsored the hearing and witnesses included Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Dr. Andrew Biggs from the American Enterprise Institute, Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women and Families, and Carolyn Boyle from Deloitte Services, LLP.

In addition, Ivanka Trump was in attendance.

Senators and witnesses discussed proposals on how to finance paid family leave including the “FAMILY Act” (sponsored by Senator Gillibrand) and soon to be introduced legislation authored by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) that would allow parents to elect to use social security benefits for up to 12 weeks.  The Rubio bill would also require parents to defer retirement benefits for as long as necessary to offset the cost of paid family leave.

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Written by Jay Nichols