Republican Paid Leave Plan Would Fund It From Workers’ Social Security Benefits

By Sahid Fawaz

A new paid leave plan would put the funding responsibility on workers, not employers.

The Tampa Bay Times reports:
“Sen. Marco Rubio . . .  will finally reveal his paid family leave proposal allowing parents to draw from future Social Security benefits.

‘Our proposal would be a consistent application of Social Security’s original principle — to provide assistance to dependents in our care — to the challenges of today,’ Rubio writes in a USA Today op/ed. He is introducing the bill with Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo.

Democrats have already criticized the plan, which Rubio has talked about for months, because it affects Social Security. People would delay future benefits in order to draw them for family leave.

‘”We appreciate that Sen. Rubio and Rep. Wagner are looking for a way to provide the paid leave America’s families urgently need, but a program that only covers parents caring for new children, provides no leave for family care and personal medical needs, and forces parents to choose between paid leave and retirement security is absolutely the wrong way to go,’ said the National Partnership for Women & Families. ‘In fact, it is reckless, irresponsible and ill-conceived. This is a Social Security benefit cut for the working people who need Social Security the most.'”

For the rest of the story, visit the Tampa Bay Times here.

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