Wyden And Merkley Request 12 Weeks Of Paid Family And Medical Leave In Fy24 Budget From Biden Administration

Paid Family And Medical Leave: Both Oregon Democratic senators, Ron Wyden, and Jeff Merkley joined their colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to include funding for a national paid family and medical leave program in their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024 on Thursday.

β€œWe thank President Biden for his commitment to expanding paid leave and urge that the administration’s FY24 budget request meaningfully reflect that commitment. The United States is the world’s only industrialized nation that does not guarantee workers paid leave, even though nearly all workers will need to take time away from work at some point to address a serious illness or to care for a new child,” Wyden, Merkley, and the other senators wrote to the Office of Management and Budget Director, Shalanda Young.

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β€œIt is of the utmost importance that we invest in our nation’s workers and families through paid family and medical leave programs to provide much-needed financial security, cost-savings for businesses, reductions in government public assistance expenditures, and stimulation for local economies. We look forward to working together on this important issue to promote the financial well-being of working families and the vibrancy of the economy.”
Wyden And Merkley Request 12 Weeks Of Paid Family And Medical Leave In Fy24
Wyden And Merkley Request 12 Weeks Of Paid Family And Medical Leave In Fy24

The senators write that all working individuals in Oregon and the rest of the country should be entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid parental, family caregiving, and personal medical leave over the course of a decade.

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New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand organized the letter. Democrats Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Alex Padilla of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island all signed on to the letter.

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