UPDATED 4:30 PM PT – Thurs. February 8, 2018
Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to put together legislation for voluntary paid leave. The idea is to allow parents to collect Social Security funds when needed and pay it back by retiring later.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) expressed support for a policy put forth by Kristin Shapiro from the Independent Women’s Forum on Wednesday calling it novel.
Under the six-page proposal, parents could take up to 12 weeks off from work while receiving 45% of their pay dishing out nearly $1,200 to the average worker.
Sen. Lee said lawmakers are trying to put the policy in legislative form while preventing the plan from draining the Social Security Trust Fund, which runs out of money in 2034. Sen. Lee went on to say during a conference call with reporters, “Translating Miss Shapiro’s idea into a workable legislative product that adheres to conservative principles while simultaneously allowing the government to work better for families would be a huge win for the American people.”
Another similar measure being considered by a Senate committee is the FAMILY Act with the source of funding coming from both employers and workers.