Sinema & Bipartisan Colleagues Seeking Input from Experts, Business Leaders on Paid Leave Proposals

Dec 13, 2023

Senator and bipartisan, bicameral colleagues are seeking input from advocates, experts, and organizations on a bipartisan national paid leave policy

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the U.S. Senate and House are seeking input from a wide range of advocates, experts, and organizations on a national paid leave policy.

“Hardworking Arizonans deserve access to paid leave when caring for themselves or a loved one. We are working on fiscally-responsible and sustainable solutions supporting hardworking Arizonans, their families, and employers,” said Sinema.

The bipartisan, bicameral letter from Sinema and her colleagues invites advocates, experts, and organizations to provide their input for expanding access to paid parental, caregiving, and personal medical leave in a bipartisan, fiscally-responsible, and sustainable way. The Senators and Representatives, as a part of an ongoing working group, will review these submissions and develop bipartisan legislation.

In 2019, Sinema and Republican Senator Bill Cassidy (La.) offered a new, first-of-its-kind bipartisan plan to help offset the costs of parental leave for working families. The senators’ bipartisan plan allows parents to advance $5,000 from their Child Tax Credit upon the birth or adoption of a child – and, in exchange for the $5,000 benefit, parents would reduce their yearly Child Tax Credit by $500 over each of the following 10 years.

Click HERE to read Sinema and her colleague’s letter.