Statement of Senator Barack Obama on the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008
U.S. Senator Barack Obama today announced his cosponsorship of the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008 (S. 3140), which would allow federal employees to use four weeks of paid leave, as well as any annual or sick leave, for the birth or adoption of a child under the Family and Medical Leave Act. This bill was introduced by Senator Jim Webb.
"We must do everything we can to ensure the best and the brightest Americans are recruited to serve in our federal agencies and programs, and that means providing them with quality work environments as well as competitive benefits packages. Our government should reflect our nation's values and aspirations, and we cannot ask federal employees to choose between caring for their children and serving their country. I believe strong families are the foundation for a strong community and nation, and that is why I am cosponsoring the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008.
"By making four weeks of paid leave available to employees for the birth or adoption of a child, we are showing our public servants that we value them and their families, and we are making government service a viable option for young people entering the workforce.
"I commend Senator Webb for his leadership in introducing this legislation, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass it as soon as possible."