Joni Ernst, Mike Lee Introduce Bill to ‘Modernize’ American Paid Family Leave Policies

Breitbart | 3/12/2019 | Staff
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Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced legislation Tuesday that would expand Americans’ access to paid family leave and help families better balance work and family.

Ernst and Lee, two conservative senators, introduced the CRADLE Act, which would allow parents to obtain one, two, or three months’ leave by postponing activating their Social Security benefits by two, four, or six months. The two senators contend that the legislation would allow every new mom and dad the flexibility to stay home and raise their newborn during the critical first months of childrearing without creating a government program or adding to the country’s deficit.

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Expectant parents can fill out a form to inform the Social Security Administration (SSA) that they would like to take paid leave before their expected birth or adoption and then after the birth or adoption, start taking benefits after the parents apply for the baby’s social security number.

The senators’ contend that the legislation, in comparison to other proposals, the legislation is revenue-neutral, optional, and flexible for those who decide to opt into the program.

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Sen. Ernst said in a statement on Tuesday that America needs to “modernize” its paid family leave policy to allow for Americans to raise their families without creating a new “entitlement or mandate.” The Iowa Republican explained:

It’s past time we modernize our family leave policies to reflect the evolving needs of today’s workforce and to reduce the barriers that pose challenges for parents balancing family and work. Millions of working moms and dads in Iowa, and across the country, face huge hurdles in taking time off to spend with their newborns. As a mother, I understand how important it is for children to bond with their parents in the first precious few weeks after birth. Our proposal is a path forward for a budget neutral...
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