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Paid Parental Leave Still Possible

House has approved 12 weeks a year of paid parental leave for federal employees.

On September 25, the Senate voted 48-47 to defeat a motion to add twelve weeks of paid parental leave for all federal employees to the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.  When the vote was taken, five Democratic Senators who support the legislation were absent because they were campaigning for President.  Unions and federal employee groups have been aggressively lobbying Senators to approve paid family leave. The House passed version of the defense bill included 12 weeks of paid family leave related to the birth, adoption or fostering of a child, or to help care for a child, parent or spouse with a serious health condition.

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