Delaware Paid Family Leave advocates hold rally to push Dems to keep measure in infrastructure bill
WILMINGTON, Del. – Advocates for Paid family leave in Delaware took the streets Sunday afternoon, calling on President Biden to keep the provision in the Build Back Better infrastructure spending bill.
The rally comes as President Joe Biden meets with Senators Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer to close negotiations on the bill. Some senators are calling for paid family leave to be scaled back to 4 weeks from 12 weeks, while others are calling for its removal altogether. Advocacy group Delaware Cares is urging people to call their local and national representatives to ask them to fight for the provision that would allow paid leave for workers as part of a federal program, rather than an employer-specific provision.
“Paid leave is overwhelmingly supported by people across the nation whether you are a democrat, republican, or independent people all need it and it’s something that’s overwhelmingly popular,” said Delaware Cares Coalition Director Liz Richards, adding “Elected officials did campaign on paid leave and voters elected them to get this done and they expect them do deliver.”
We’re told advocates are hoping lawmakers will feel the pressure to pass the provision, especially after seeing the effects, covid-19 has had on people’s health and employment.