Included in President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal is a request for funding a paid leave program. The program would require $19 billion from the budget and would provide that employees were entitled to 6 weeks of paid leave from work.
So far, Republicans have not warmed to the idea.
Yesterday, at least 100 Democrats wrote a letter to President Trump also expressing concerns over the proposal. However, the Democrats are concerned that the proposal does not go far enough. Democrats are pushing for consideration of other Democrat-sponsored bills that would provide for 12 weeks’ paid leave, matching the FMLA leave entitlement.
At this stage, it really is too early to tell whether some form of paid family leave will wind up in the final budget or if it will become a casualty of the horse-trading that goes on when trying to reach a consensus on the budget.
We will be keeping an eye on this one.