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Larson: Pandemic Reinforces Career Long Fight for Family Leave

February 8, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Appropriations Committee Chairman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) in introducing the FAMILY Act. The FAMILY Act would create a national paid family and medical leave program.

“Since leading the effort to  pass the nation’s first Family and Medical Leave as the President of the Connecticut State Senate, I have been fighting to ensure that all Americans have access to paid time off to care for themselves and their families. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how imperative it is that we enact national paid leave once and for all. Had the FAMILY Act been in place when the pandemic began, our workers and families would have had more support to weather this storm,” said Larson. “I am proud that Connecticut continues to lead on this issue, from Senator Chris Dodd who led the national Family Medical Leave Act effort, to Chairwoman DeLauro who continues to be one of the greatest champions for American families. The state has already enacted Paid Family Leave, it’s time for the rest of the country to follow its lead. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Biden Administration to make the FAMILY Act a reality.”