A Pro-Family Policy That Conservatives Should Support
Instead of a new baby creating a financial crisis, what if new parents could be supported to stay home and bond with their baby and family? Currently, a quarter of new mothers return to work within two weeks of giving birth. Fathers go back even sooner, although studies show those home during this time are more likely to be involved in future child-rearing activities. Statistics on the health of families in the US is troubling with marriage and childbirth rates plummeting. Meanwhile, infant mortality rates are the highest in the developed world.
The White House has made it clear that they support a conservative approach to paid family leave. Fortunately, Members of Congress are stepping up to lead with three conservative plans being introduced this year that would support new parents after the birth or adoption of a child. Notice these plans are all voluntary, don't raise taxes, and have no mandate on businesses.
Cassidy/Sinema Bipartisan Plan
Just this summer, Senators Bill Cassidy and Krysten Sinema proposed the first bipartisan plan that would allow parents to draw up to $5,000 from future child tax credits to pay for leave or childcare. The family would then deduct $1,500 annually for that child (instead of $2,000) for the next 10 years to pay the costs. Legislation is expected to be introduced in September. Learn more here.
Lee/Ernst CRADLE Act
Senators Mike Lee and Joni Ernst introduced this plan that would allow parents to withdraw a portion of one, two, or three months of salary from Social Security and then just postpone their retirement by two, four, or six months to pay the costs. Learn more here.
Rubio/Wagner New Parents Act
Senators Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney and Representatives Ann Wagner and Dan Crenshaw introduced this bill, similar to the Rubio/Wagner 2018 bill, that would allow parents to withdraw a portion of their salaries for one, two, or three months of leave from Social Security and then just postpone their retirement by two, four, or six months to pay the costs. With this plan, parents could share the time (both parents could take the full three months with one parent staying home longer). Learn more here.
There is support for paid family leave growing across the country. Let’s make sure that conservatives lead on this important issue that strengthens families and values babies!