San Francisco—Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark the 20th anniversary of the day the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) took effect:
“Twenty years ago today, the Family and Medical Leave Act began providing millions of Americans families and workers with the basic protections, security, and peace of mind they deserve. As the nation’s only federal law designed to help Americans meet their responsibilities at work and at home, FMLA ensures that hardworking men and women no longer have to risk their jobs or jeopardize their careers to care for their health or their family’s well-being.
“FMLA marked a critical step forward in the ongoing struggle to ensure the economic security of all families. Yet today, millions of workers, including more than 13 million women, are still forced to defer or delay their personal needs in favor of financial security. That’s why House Democrats believe we must offer FMLA’s protections to more of the workforce and ensure expanded access to paid and unpaid leave – and why we made stronger family and medical leave policies central to our economic agenda for women and families: ‘When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.’
“After two decades of progress, we must reaffirm our commitment to helping every dedicated worker achieve their goals without sacrificing what’s best for their families. In doing so, we will build a strong and vibrant 21st century workforce that thrives on the power of American workers, the prosperity of American families, and the strength of the middle class – the backbone of our democracy.”