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Beyer Statement On NDAA Paid Parental Leave Provision

Washington, December 10, 2019

Rep. Don Beyer today hailed a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act conference report which would guarantee twelve weeks of paid parental leave for all federal employees:

“This paid parental leave provision is one of the biggest victories for the federal workforce in my lifetime.

“Against all odds, Chairman Smith, Majority Leader Hoyer, and the House negotiating team won this historic concession from an administration which has at times shown fierce hostility to the federal workforce.

“All American workers deserve paid family and medical leave, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in pursuit of that goal. This measure represents enormous progress.”

Congressman Don Beyer represents nearly 87,000 federal employees, the largest number of any Member of the House of Representatives. Beyer joined Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney this February to introduce the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act.