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S. 786 (114th): Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act

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Paid parental leave came to national attention in October when Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI1) agreed to serve as Speaker of the House with the condition. that he would spend almost every weekend with his family in Wisconsin, instead of crossing the country and holding fundraisers as previous speakers had.

The United States is the only industrialized country not to offer paid parental leave, and one of only three countries in the world along with Suriname and Papua New Guinea, according to UCLA’s World Policy Center. H.R. 1439, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, was introduced in March 2015 by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT3) to establish just such a policy, along with its Senate counterpart S. 786 introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

The House bill was referred …

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Kirsten Gillibrand

Sponsor. Senator for New York. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015
Length: 43 pages
Mar 18, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 18, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


21 Cosponsors (20 Democrats, 1 Independent)


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What legislators are saying

Gillibrand Statement On Presidents Expansion Of Paid Sick Days To Federal Contract Employees
    — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] (Sponsor) on Sep 7, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Meets with Buffalo Business Leaders as Part of Statewide Tour to Build Support for Federal legislation to Provide Every Worker in America with Paid Leave
    — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] (Sponsor) on Apr 2, 2015

Senator Gillibrand Meets with Capital Region Business as Part of Statewide Tour to Build Support for Federal Legislation to Provide Every Worker in America with Paid Leave
    — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] (Sponsor) on Apr 2, 2015

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Mar 18, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 786 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 786. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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