Manchin said paid vacation programs could attract fraud, asked about job requirements: report
Manchin highlighted potential fraud as one of his concerns about paid time off, by the Washington Post.
Manchin’s opposition to federal paid holidays has caused consternation among many of his colleagues.
Senator Patty Murray said last week that she was opposed to “a man” denying American women paid time off.
For months, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin served as a moderate Democratic bulwark against the more ambitious elements of President Joe Biden’s “build-back better” agenda, which ranged from two years of no-cost community college to education to a broad expansion of Medicare to cover dental and vision benefits, among other proposals.
However, one of the most sought-after proposals among Democrats was the implementation of paid family and medical leave for the millions of Americans who are currently unable to access such benefits.
Earlier this year, the White House sought to subsidize 12 weeks of paid sick and parental leave, 500 billion dollars more than a decade, in what would have been a larger reconciliation bill of $ 3.5 trillion – which had already come down the $ 6 trillion figure that Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders of Vermont had envisioned.
With the reconciliation bill reduced from $ 3.5 trillion to around $ 1.75 trillion, the paid leave proposal, which was 12 weeks, was reduced to 4 weeks – but at the end of the week, the entire paid leave plan was apparently cut from the frame being designed by Biden and the Democratic leaders in Congress.
Manchin strongly opposed paid holidays, citing their cost and potential pressure on the federal budget.
However, according to a Washington Post report who detailed pressure from Democratic women to save family leave last week, Manchin has a series of “evolving concerns” about the benefits program, based on statements from five people who spoke anonymously.
Manchin would have been concerned that a paid vacation program could generate fraud, by comparing these embezzlements to people who may have illegally obtained unemployment benefits, according to The Post.
The Mountain State senator also reportedly raised work requirements, although employment is already a key tenet of paid vacation eligibility, according to several of the sources who spoke to The Post.
In stating his opposition, Manchin also highlighted the logistical burden small businesses could face as a result of federal paid vacation legislation and expressed concerns about the “solvency” of a new social spending program.
“To expand social programs when you have trust funds that are not creditworthy, that go insolvent – I can’t explain that, it doesn’t make sense to me,” the senator said earlier this month – this. “I want to work with everyone as long as we can start paying for things. That’s all. I can’t put that burden on my grandchildren.”
According to Bench search, the United States is a notable outlier when it comes to paid parental leave. In 41 countries, America is the only country that does not impose paid holidays. The United States also lags its peers in paid sick leave, without federal sick leave mandate.
Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, another moderate who also thwarted the Democratic leadership over the size of the reconciliation bill, introduced a bipartite family leave law in 2019 that would have given families the option of advancing up to $ 5,000 in child tax credits to parents in a child’s first year of life or the first year of adoption of a child. However, the bill is blocked in Congress.
The senator was said to have been one of many Democratic senators who called on Manchin to lobby his support for paid time off, according to a source who spoke to The Post.
Numerous studies have shown that paid holidays have a positive effect on the economy and on workers. Paid time off can lead to higher earnings for women, healthier children and stronger economic growth, according to one to study by the New America think tank. a analysis of the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that paid time off would increase Americans’ incomes by $ 28.5 billion each year.
Within the Democratic caucus, sane Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Patty Murray of Washington have expressed very clearly the need for paid time off.
Gillibrand, who has championed the issue for years, worked on the phone Friday in an attempt to move Manchin over the issue, telling him that she would “meet with him in Washington or anywhere in the country” to discuss the issue, as she described it to La Poste in an interview.
However, the Senior Senator was not phased by her personal appeal to him.
Murray, who has been in the Senate since 1993 and has also been seeking a paid vacation program for a long time, was implacable by continuing his fight.
“We’re not going to let a man tell all the women in this country that they can’t get paid time off,” she told Capitol Hill last week.
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