MEDIA ADVISORY: National Paid Leave Expert to Testify Before Senate Subcommittee on Best Way Forward on Paid Leave

Shabo Will Urge Congress to Pass a Paid Leave Plan that Covers All Family Caregiving and Personal Medical Needs and Does Not Require Leave-Takers to Lose Social Security Benefits

Vicki Shabo, vice president for workplace policies and strategies for the National Partnership for Women & Families, will testify before the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy on Wednesday to advocate for a comprehensive, inclusive national paid leave program. Shabo will discuss the country’s need for paid leave, testifying about why a parents-only leave program that excludes leave for family care and personal medical needs and forces parents to choose between paid leave and retirement security would fall short of meeting the nation’s needs.

Shabo will emphasize that America’s workers, families, businesses and economy need real paid leave that is sustainably funded and she will urge Congress to support the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act — the only paid leave plan before Congress that meets that test.

WHO: Vicki Shabo, Vice President for Workplace Policies and Strategies, National Partnership for Women & Families

WHAT: Examining the Importance of Paid Family Leave for American Working Families, Senate Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy Hearing

WHEN: Wednesday, July 11, 3 p.m. ET

WHERE: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

NOTE: Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar Dr. Andrew G. Biggs will also testify.

About the National Partnership

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. Based in Washington, D.C., the organization drafted and led the fight to pass the Family and Medical Leave Act. More information is available at

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