To: Members of Congress:
We call on our members of Congress to REJECT the Trump budget and his smokescreen of a paid leave "plan" and instead pass comprehensive paid family and medical leave legislation and write a strong budget that fuels both our families and our economy.
The “plan” for paid parental leave in the Trump Administration’s proposed budget is fatally flawed. It leaves most working families behind and it is unfunded and unsustainable. More than 20 million Americans need to take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) each year. The Trump Administration’s proposal covers only new parents leaving 4 out of 5 workers (or 15 million) behind. In addition to leaving out an overwhelming majority of American families, Trump’s “plan” is unfunded and unsustainable. It’s unsustainable because it calls for states to use their existing, severely strained, unemployment insurance safety net programs but provides no new additional funds to the states to expand these programs.
The Trump paid leave “plan” is plainly and manipulatively meant to be a smokescreen to distract from the callous and punishing cuts to healthcare, nutrition, housing, and education programs that lift families and our economy. What Trump proposes in his budget would hurt lower-income families, immigrants, communities of color, people with disabilities and children the most while lining the pockets of billionaires and wealthy corporations.
We won’t be fooled! We call on our members of Congress to REJECT the Trump budget and instead write a strong budget that fuels both our families and our economy.