WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, the father of four adult daughters, met with Ivanka Trump this week to discuss the importance of paid family leave and propose legislative solutions to help working parents.
“Each of my daughters hold jobs in different fields with varying incomes, time commitments, and responsibilities,” Barletta said in a press release. “All four of them are also mothers. Over the years, I have seen them forced to make impossible choices between their families and their careers. It’s clear that a lack of access to paid leave is impeding the American dream for too many families, and I am grateful to Ivanka Trump and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their dedication to changing that.”
Barletta, R-Hazleton, met with the president’s daughter and members of both the U.S. House and Senate to discuss the issue prior to a Senate Finance Committee hearing.
Barletta said Ivanka has been instrumental in pushing for an updated, federal paid family leave program.
He said while the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ensures that eligible employees have up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for family or medical reasons, 94 percent of workers in the lowest-earning income level do not have access to paid family leave.
In addition, he said only 13 percent of U.S. private sector workers currently have access to paid family leave through their employers.
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