Pelosi Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act


Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of the anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act, which was signed into law by President Clinton on February 5, 1993:

“Twenty-five years ago, after two Republican presidential vetoes, the Family Medical Leave Act became law.  With its signing, the FMLA provided peace of mind and confidence for American workers, becoming the building block of economic security for parents and families across the nation.  A quarter of a century later, millions of new parents and caregivers are now able provide for their loved ones without the fear of losing their jobs.

“Still, much more remains to be done.  Today, unpaid leave remains out of reach for millions of American families, with 40 percent of workers not covered by FMLA.  Many of those who are covered cannot afford to take the unpaid leave that FMLA offers.  It is an injustice that so many hard-working parents remain caught between the demands of their jobs and their families.  We cannot be satisfied until every family member can do right by their loved ones, without sacrificing their paychecks or suffering consequences from their employers.

“Democrats remain committed to building on twenty-five years of progress by working to ensure equal pay for equal work, provide paid sick leave and paid family leave, expand access to affordable, high-quality child care and raise the minimum wage.  It gives me great pride that San Francisco and California have led the nation in accomplishing many of these important achievements.  In Congress, Democrats are offering A Better Deal, with Better Jobs, Better Wages and Better Futures for America’s hard-working families.  We will not stop fighting until we have built an economy that works for every person – not just the privileged few.”

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