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Bipartisan lawmakers on push for national paid family leave

Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.) and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) join Washington Post Live on Wednesday, Jan. 25. (Video: The Washington Post)

As the new Congress forms its legislative agenda, Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.) and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) are working on a national paid family leave bill. The Post’s Leigh Ann Caldwell speaks with the two lawmakers about the prospects for bipartisan cooperation on paid family leave and why they believe the policy would benefit families as well as the economy.

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Highlights

“Here we are almost 30 years after FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) and there is no federal paid family leave act. This an important issue across the board, certainly on both sides of the aisle. And I think the time is now. We saw during COVID so many women leave the workforce and the impact that it has. So, we need to make sure that we’re looking at policies that are going to be good for the family and this is one of those.” - Rep. Stephanie Bice (R- Okla.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We’re going to be looking at what’s been successful in the 13 states that have implemented some sort of a plan … Nothing’s off the table. I think that everything is on the table … We've been working successfully … in getting paid parental leave for all federal employees, as well as for all women and men who wear the uniform ... That's a good start ... but we have a lot of work to do." - Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D- Pa.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“The other thing that I think is a change from the past … is how many Republican women are now serving in Congress. You have 33 women that are now part of the conversation … We bring a different perspective to the table. It’s no better, it’s just different … We bring this ability to talk about these issues that maybe hasn't been a priority for others in the past." - Rep. Stephanie Bice (R- Okla.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We are one of only seven nations in the [world] that doesn't have a paid family leave program, federally and that is unfortunate. You would be saddened to see the countries to which we are associated with who do not have these programs. Because America is certainly better than that." - Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D- Pa.) (Video: Washington Post Live)

Rep. Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.)


Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.)


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