Hoyer: Paid Family Leave is Pro-Family, Pro-Children & Good for Our Country

February 15, 2017

This afternoon, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) delivered remarks at a press conference with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) and Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) on the reintroduction of the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA). Below is a transcript of his remarks:

“Thank you [Rep.] Carolyn Maloney for your continued leadership. I am so pleased to be here with Carolyn Maloney from the state of New York, who has been a champion.

“This bill is pro-family, it is pro-moms, it is pro-children, and yes, it is pro-dads, as well.

“I am pleased to be here with Tony Reardon, one of the great leading advocates of fighting for women and their rights, and their benefits, for a long time. Thank you, Tony Reardon. I’m glad to be here with Teresa Oberti, who is going to speak in just a minute. And with my colleagues [Reps.] Don Beyer and Jamie Raskin, and our cold holder of the poster board.

“Donald Trump has said that he wants to make it easier for parents – or mothers, at least – to take time off when they have children. But the policies he and his Republican allies have embraced do nothing to help new parents take the time they need to bond with their children. Not just the time they need, the time the children need.

“Many of the leading private sector companies already provide their employees with paid parental and family leave – but employees without paid leave are forced to use what few vacation days and sick days they have accrued. If we’re going to encourage more private sector businesses to adopt paid leave policies, we ought to set an example as one of the largest employers in the world, by doing so for the federal workforce.

“At the same time, we owe a great deal more to the hardworking men and women of the federal workforce than they are receiving, particularly amid the pay freezes, hiring freezes, and benefit cuts they’ve had to endure.

“Adopting this legislation would help us retain the best workers we have and recruit other talented Americans to serve their country in the civilian federal workforce. Because we are competing for the best talent with companies not only here, but around the world that have these leave policies already in place.

“This bill would help American workers across the country. Let’s not forget that 85% of the federal workforce lives outside the Washington metropolitan area. It will benefit workers in every Congressional district in the country. Promoting paid leave policies is good for employers too, helping them retain talented workers and making their workforce more productive.

“So we’re urging our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and this is a bipartisan bill, to join us in supporting this legislation. And I encourage Republicans and the Trump Administration to work with us on this issue if they really believe that paid parental leave ought to be a priority. Again, pro-family, pro-children, pro-moms, pro-dads, good for them and good for our country. Thank you Carolyn Maloney.”

18 Responses to Hoyer: Paid Family Leave is Pro-Family, Pro-Children & Good for Our Country

  1. Capt. Obvious on February 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

    What a self serving rube!

    • Spart on February 16, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      You are far from obvious. You are nothing but a self serving sneak.

  2. Anonymous on February 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    If Spendy thinks it’s good, open your wallets, because here it comes.

    • Spart on February 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Exactly the alternate fact that red neck republicans love to profess. Doesn’t matter when Republicans increase the national debt by starting wars, destroying the economy, starting the largest housing crisis, rising unemployment etc.

      • Anonymous on February 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm

        And the $10 trillion that Obama added? That’s ok? You got it backwards my friend.

  3. Anonymous on February 15, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Why does the government think they should have regulation over every little thing companies do or don’t do for their employees. It has always been and should be that if you don’t like your companies policies then leave and find something better. I work for a contractor with not so great benefits but they pay a much higher salary then other contractors. If a company wants quality employees they will offer more benefits or higher pay, if they just want a body to fill a seat they will have horrible benefits or lower pay and it is up to the employee to decide how hard they want to work and what is most important to them. One party in particular will not be happy until everyone makes the same money and has the same benefits no matter how much work they do or how motivated they are.

    • Anonymous on February 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Nail meet hammer. Perfect stated.

    • A on February 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

      This bill is for federal employees. If the government wants to provide benefits for their employees, it needs to take the form of acts of congress like this. “Many of the leading private sector companies already provide their employees with paid parental and family leave”, “If we’re going to encourage more private sector businesses to adopt paid leave policies, we ought to set an example as one of the largest employers in the world, by doing so for the federal workforce.”. Reading comprehension helps. It seems that one party in particular just wants to say no to people getting anything if it doesn’t trickle down from their corporate masters.

    • Spart on February 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Many people need help with immoral unfair employers. If you don’t understand you should read some of our history here on earth for the last 5 thousand years. Everyone isn’t as independent as you brag about being.

  4. Tell You What on February 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    He needs to go

  5. Patrick McDowell on February 15, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Son of Pelosi! What an idiot, he needs go away and take Elijah Cumminins, Miller and Busch with him. Please someone flush the toilet in the Statehouse and get rid of these worthless turds!

  6. Chris Armiger on February 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Exactly what we don’t need. Another entitlement to pay for. Federal employees have lucrative vacation and sick leave. When you choose to be a working parent, there are checks and balances. You set priorories. I carried the maximum amount of leave year after year just in case. We do not want nor need another government entitlement that the middle class will have to pay for.

  7. Steve on February 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Iam surprised Pelosi let him down from her lap to speak. He is an liberal Democrat that has his job forever since thousands of his voters want cradle to grave benefits for deadbeats and Illegals. Him Mike Miller and Busch are whats wrong with Politics. Somebody ASK miller why he moved out of PG.

  8. Anonymous on February 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    So why was this not passed when Obama was in office? As usual spending money that is not yours is very easy and if it does not pass it will be more of “how horrible republicans are. They hate woman and children.” So Steny how are the women treated in your office?

  9. AKA on February 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    And Pro-reelection.

  10. Spart on February 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Many people need help with immoral unfair employers. If you don’t understand you should read some of our history here on earth for the last 5 thousand years. Everyone isn’t as independent as you brag about being.

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      You are free to seek employment elsewhere.

  11. William Hayward on February 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I wish this blood sucking parasite would just retire, or jump off the Statehouse roof! Enough already, go away Spennny, run away with the Muslim terrorist “refugees”!