December 19, 2019
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement regarding the error in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that excluded FAA and TSA federal employees from being eligible for 12 weeks of paid family leave
“No one should have to choose between caring for a sick child or family member and missing a paycheck, or losing their job, and that remains true for FAA and TSA workers who have been left off the list of federal employees who would benefit from 12 weeks of paid family leave. Every family in America deserves paid family leave and, while I appreciate the progress that has been made in the 2020 NDAA, it’s disappointing that FAA and TSA workers were left behind. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to quickly fix this critical error.”
Expanding paid family is a major priority for Senator Duckworth. She has introduced legislation that would update the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to help more educational support professionals (ESP) at schools – teacher’s assistants, custodians and maintenance staff, among others – access its benefits without the risk of losing their job. Duckworth also helped introduce the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would establish a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program that will provide 12 weeks of paid leave for workers who need time to care for a newborn or adopted child, a seriously ill family member, or their own serious health condition.
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