Washington D.C., Aug 4, 2018 / 04:00 am
The U.S. bishops' conference praised legislative efforts to secure family leave policies, after a Senate bill was introduced that would allow new parents to draw two months of Social Security benefits while they care for their new child.
The bill, titled the "Economic Security for New Parents Act," was introduced to the Senate on Thursday by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Dominic Lombardi, executive director of the U.S. bishops' conference Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, told CNA that "the principle of family leave is an important one," and that new parents "ought to be supported in their calling to raise the next generation."
"We encourage and welcome the ideas of lawmakers such as Senator Rubio in exploring effective ways on how best to provide paid leave policies for new parents."