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H.R. 5885 (116th): Federal Employee Parental Leave Technical Correction Act

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More than two million federal employees were given the benefit last December, but some federal employees were left out. Should they be added now?


As part of December’s annual defense appropriations law, more than two million federal employees were granted 12 weeks of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child. A *Washington Post *analysis deemed “the biggest victory for federal employees in nearly 30 years.” The policy is scheduled to go into effect on October 1.

Even though many Republicans were skeptical, the provision was enacted as a compromise, in which Republicans agreed to Democrats’ request for the paid parental leave in exchange for Democrats acceding to President Trump’s proposal to create the Space Force.

Yet due to a technicality, about 100 thousand ...

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Carolyn Maloney

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2020
Length: 14 pages
Feb 13, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 13, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Feb 13, 2020

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H.R. 5885 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5885. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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