Beyond resistance: Ensuring paid family leave

August 7, 2017

Dear Friends,

It is the 10th day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: ensuring paid family leave.

Americans should not be forced to choose between taking care of a sick family member or earning an income. Whether it’s taking care of an aging parent, a sick spouse, or a newborn, paid family leave creates a positive work-life balance. We are the only industrialized country to not have paid family leave on the national level, and that is an embarrassment.

I support the FAMILY Act, which would ensure that 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.

Having a family member who requires extra assistance is a heavy responsibility on its own, and with the added stress of balancing a job, it can be entirely overwhelming. We should not require employees to choose between their familial responsibilities and their paycheck.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress