On the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, President Biden celebrated the evolution of the law and his administration’s accomplishments in helping low-income families with working moms. To mark the occasion, the president was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Bill Clinton, who signed the FMLA into law in 1993. This blog post will provide a summary of the event, highlighting the president’s words, the importance of the FMLA, and the recent legislation and funds from the American Rescue Plan that have been put in place to help low-income families.
President Biden spoke about the importance of the FMLA, noting that when he ran for president in 1992, working moms were much more common than when he grew up. He went on to say that Medicaid was extended for new moms to be able to take a year for things like postpartum depression. In December, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was passed, giving moms simple, basic support and time to recover after having a baby.
The president also noted that funds from the American Rescue Plan have helped increase pay for childcare workers, who are mostly women, and recently signed legislation increases the childcare development block grant by 30% to help low-income families afford childcare.
It is clear that the president and his administration are committed to helping working moms and low-income families. The FMLA has been instrumental in providing much needed support and resources to these families and it is encouraging to see the president and his team taking tangible steps to make sure these families are taken care of.
On the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, President Biden and his administration are taking strides to ensure that working moms and low-income families have the resources and support they need to succeed.