National Partnership for Women & Families

Making the Case to Congress

Vice President Vicki Shabo testified before a Senate HELP subcommittee.

July 2014 — At the National Partnership, we get things done by advising members of Congress and the administration and encouraging them to make women and families a top priority.

That’s why National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo made a compelling case for paid family and medical leave at a hearing held by a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). She said:

“It is absolutely critical that our country update its workplace policies and standards. In particular, we must ensure all workers in the United States have paid family and medical leave so that people can take the time they need to welcome a new child or address serious medical challenges without jeopardizing their family’s economic security. We simply must end the days when millions of workers across the nation face devastating economic hardships as a result of significant family and medical events. There is no time to wait.”

And that’s also why we helped draft and are now leading a broad coalition to advance the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, so all workers have time to care for a new baby, a seriously ill family member or their own health.

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