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Business Leaders Urge Support for the FAMILY Act on Capitol Hill

On the heels of the Trump Administration’s budget proposal, business leaders from across the country travelled to Washington, DC to urge Congress to support a national paid leave program and recruit co-sponsors for the FAMILY Act.

During a breakfast meeting on Tuesday morning, business leaders heard from Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) about the important role business can play in getting Congress to take action on creating a comprehensive family and medical leave insurance program.

ASBC members,including EILEEN FISHER, Seventh Generation, Uncommon Goods, and The Honest Company, held a dozen meetings with key Senate offices from both sides of the aisle, where they highlighted how offering paid leave had been a boon to their business. They also stressed that the Trump Administration’s proposal for paid leave was, in essence, an unfunded mandate and represented a fundamental risk to state economies while offering insufficient benefits to businesses and workers. ASBC continues to work with Congress and in state capitols to advance comprehensive, sustainable paid family and medical leave proposals. Join our effort by signing our letter in support of the FAMILY Act.

Source Author: 
Julia Watts
Source Publication Date: 
May 24, 2017