Kamala Harris unveils family leave plan that includes six months paid time off

From Daily Mail: Kamala Harris revealed her plan this week to give new parents six months off – by far the most ambitious plan of any other 2020 candidate.

Her federal-level family leave plan would also offer six months of paid time off for parents taking care of a sick child or caregivers taking care of a sick relative.

‘Guaranteeing six months of paid leave will bring us closer to economic justice for workers and ensures newborn children or children who are sick can get the care they need from a parent without thrusting the family into upheaval,’ the California senator said in a statement announcing her proposal.

Harris’ aggressive family leave proposal is part of her ‘Children’s Agenda,’ which overall aims to improve chances for children in low-income families. It also includes benefits like free preschool for low-to-moderate-income families and childcare subsidies.

Most other Democratic candidates’ plans include a 12-week paid leave period for parents after having a child. Some of the most progressive blue states have already passed laws that offer up to 12 weeks for family leave, but sometimes the included benefits don’t match up to the individual’s usual compensation.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who dropped out of the race at the end of August, proposed the Family Act, which was endorsed by three front-runner candidates. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg are all behind the proposal that would provide three months of paid leave.

Up to 66 per cent of each parent’s income would be covered under this plan by an overall increase to payroll taxes. Both new parents would be able to use the family leave benefit whenever they choose.

Harris’ plan would give 100 per cent of families’ income to those earning less than $75,000 for the full six months. She did not clarify in her proposal what the percentage would be for those with higher incomes.

Like Gillibrand’s plan, the cost of Harris’ would also come from raising payroll taxes – but would also come from raising corporate taxes and income taxes on the top 1 per cent.

Six months of paid leave would be expensive, but Harris doesn’t outline how much taxes would go up to help pay for it.

This issue, however, isn’t partisan. In February, Donald Trump’s daughter and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump went to Capitol Hill to appeal with republican lawmakers to push for a federal paid family leave program.

Trump acknowledged senator’s efforts at the time and said, ‘It’s encouraging to see members on both sides of the aisle putting forward paid family leave proposals.’

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Mary Haas

If this skank cared about children, she wouldn’t worship at the altar of Baby Butchers Unlimited. Laws like this achieve the opposite of what she claims to want for women. It will just cause companies to not hire young women. If I was running a company, I sure wouldn’t.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Obviously, she must own a grove of money producing trees, in order to suggest such legislation. Does she really think that the taxpayers at large should be saddled with this expense, or does she think this should be put onto employers? It never ceases to amaze me the stupidity of this new crop of Socialist Democrats.

Alma
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Hi, Auntie Lulu, I’m sorry I disagree with You, she’s a socialist, forget about democrat, that’s no longer in the books.

Alma
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Who the hell is going to pay for that? The government? I don’t think the private sector will go for that, oh wait, that’s if we become a socialist country, then we will foot the bill. I can see lotsa women having babies and then……..eating them! That half breed is LOCO.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

How can anybody take her or for that matter any of the free everything candidates? Nothing is free. Somebody has to pay for it. The problem with these folks is they don’t care as long as they don’t have to pay.

William
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William

Since Harris is not a serious candidate she is free to make such outlandish proposals, thereby dragging the dem “center”, if such can be said to exist, even farther to the left. So free everything for everybody (except toxic white Christian males) forever. The Patriarchy owes you a living because slavery, climate change, something. I have a better chance of being the next pope than this thing has of being president. She’s too damn ugly to be president of anything and she’ll soon be returning to her prostitution career

Mad Celt
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Of course! Her supporters are the vampires draining the life blood out of the rest of us.

TrailDust
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Like that’s gonna work. They can’t give money away fast enough.