Press Release ● Jobs and Economy
For Immediate Release: 
February 5, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993:

“I join in celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act.  For a quarter of a century, Americans have been protected from losing their jobs as a result of illness, pregnancy, adoption, or having to care for a loved-one who is sick.  Particularly for women in the workforce, this law brought new security and empowerment, bringing an end to the time when starting a family or taking off to be a caregiver meant having to give up work, with fewer options to come back and continue rewarding careers.  However, there is clearly much more work that needs to be done. 

“Congress ought to be building on these protections for the twenty-first century economy by enacting other policies such as paid family and medical leave and more affordable child-care.  The best way to help our workers secure a place in the middle class is to ensure that they have the flexibility and opportunities necessary to develop not just jobs but careers. 

“The Trump Administration has been undermining the rights of workers since coming into office, and – in spite of repeated pledges – has done nothing to extend paid family and medical leave or help families afford child care.  Neither has the Republican-led Congress taken any steps to build on the bipartisan progress we made in 1993 with the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act.  I hope Democrats and Republicans will work together to change that – and give American workers and their families every opportunity to sustain rewarding careers and secure their place in a growing middle class.”