As the momentum in favor of Paid Family Leave presses on, the Senate was met with yet another proposal regarding parental leave. This latest version, sponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) & Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), launched on July 30th and promises to satiate bipartisan interests while providing a supportive plan for new parents hoping to put their families first.
A little background on this initiative: Republicans and Democrats are insanely divided, seemingly unable to compromise on the smallest of issues. There, that’s your background.
Just kidding. But in all seriousness, the bipartisan interest in the Paid Family Leave effort symbolizes a big step forward in a divisive atmosphere. There are critics with qualms, of course. “It’s too government-y for conservatives. It’s too pro-family for liberals.”
Our take? We’ve been supportive from the start. It really does read as a good compromise between the two parties, and seems set to provide really positive results for families. After all, casting the vision for a post-Roe v. Wade society requires a deluge of family-friendly policies & resources.
The Cassidy-Sinema proposal would not expand the child tax credit, but would reapportion it so that parents can choose to take a $5,000 benefit up front at the birth of a child; their $2,000 child tax credit would then be adjusted to $1,500 over ten years. In other words, parents would basically borrow money from themselves in order to use it when it’s needed most.
All of this is refreshing after years of normalizing a “career-first” mentality. In life, balance is everything. If this is truly indicative of a return to a more family-oriented nation, count us in. Senators Cassidy & Sinema – we’re rooting for your bill!