WASHINGTON, DC – In response to President Trump’s wholly inadequate proposal for paid parental leave, included in his disastrous budget, the Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG) will host a hearing about the urgent need for a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program.

At some point, nearly everyone will need to take time off work for family or medical reasons, but just 13 percent of workers have access to paid leave through their employers. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) only guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave for some workers – far less than what workers receive in other industrialized nations. These insufficient policies strain family budgets and make it difficult for workers to remain in the labor force. The lack of paid leave also cuts parents’ time with their newborns short, jeopardizing child and maternal health.

During the hearing, witnesses will discuss gaps in coverage for working families and the financial hardships incurred, as well as give examples of successful paid leave models in the states and explain the business case for a federal paid leave program. Members will highlight Democratic solutions like the FAMILY Act, legislation authored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, that would ensure workers can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a pregnancy, the birth or adoption of a child, to recover from a serious illness, or to care for a seriously ill family member.

Members of the media interested in attending the hearing should RSVP to Rachel.huxley-cohen@mail.house.gov. The hearing will also be streamed LIVE here.



DWWG Members

Vicki Shabo, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families

Gayle Goldin, Rhode Island State Senator, FMLI Advisor for Family Values @ Work

Josh Levs, author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together

MacKenzie Nicholson, Parent and Caregiver, MomsRising Member, Dover, New Hampshire

Marcia St.Hilaire-Finn, Small Business Owner, Washington, DC



DWWG Hearing: The Urgency of Paid Family and Medical Leave



Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm



2253 Rayburn HOB, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Room

Washington, DC 20515



The Democratic Women’s Working Group is comprised of all Democratic Women House Members, and is led by Reps. Lois Frankel, Brenda Lawrence, and Jackie Speier. The DWWG is united in the common goal to improve the lives of women and their families.


Rep. Frankel – Rachel Huxley-Cohen: 202-225-9890 / rachel.huxley-cohen@mail.house.gov

Rep. Lawrence – Nicole Julius: 202-225-5802 / nicole.julius@mail.house.gov

Rep. Speier – Tracy Manzer: 202-225-3531 / tracy.manzer@mail.house.gov