Where Do Family Caregivers Fit in the Debate Over Paid Family Leave?
By Amy Ziettlow
July 17, 2018
The debate over paid family leave tends to center around two elements: 1) paid leave narrowly defined as “maternity leave” that supports new parents, and 2) differences between political parties over how to pay for it.
Last week’s Senate Finance subcommittee hearing on paid family leave followed this predictable script. Ivanka Trump spoke as the voice for paid maternity leave. Legislators debated how best to fund the benefit, ranging from the FAMILY Act (or Family Medical Insurance Leave Act), proposed by Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), to Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fl.) plan to draw upon social security benefits to fund the leave.