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American Families Need Paid Leave Without Sacrificing Their Retirement
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American Families Need Paid Leave Without Sacrificing Their Retirement

Author Shilpa Phadke discusses congressional Republican's new proposal that would pit paid family leave and Social Security—both critically important policies—against each other at the expense of all workers and families.

While many of the assaults on women’s rights from the Trump administration and its allies in Congress are overt, from nominating Supreme Court justices who may overturn Roe v. Wade to separating children from their parents and dismantling family planning grants to rolling back equal pay protections, the latest one is perhaps less obvious.

This week, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on an irresponsible paid parental leave plan crafted by the Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative group funded by the Koch brothers. This paid leave proposal is expected to be introduced as legislation by Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla), and is viewed favorably by White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump.

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Shilpa Phadke

Vice President, Women\'s Initiative