Hillary Clinton challenged Carly Fiorina’s view on paid family leave during the Tuesday Democratic debate.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and presidential hopeful had a brilliant appearance during the Democratic debate on Tuesday, hosted on CNN by moderator Dana Bash. Pressed by the moderator to comment on GOP Carly Fiorina’s political views on family leave and not only, the former first lady answer wasn’t a surprise, but it sure came as refreshing.
Debating federal paid family leave, Carly Fiorina positioned herself on the majority side of the GOP, stating that tax incentives would be more preferable. A paid family leave that is imposed on the federal level is certain to hurt businesses nationwide, particularly small businesses. Moreover, as a result, businesses would be discouraged from hiring women.
A fragment from Mrs. Clinton’s answer reads:
“I’m surprised she says that because California has had a paid leave program for a number of years…and it has not had the ill effects that the Republicans are always saying it will have”.
The law that enables paid family leave in the state of California has been in place for the past 10 years. No side effects like the ones cautioned by the Republican camp have been observed meanwhile. Moreover, the latest assessment coming from the U.S. Department of Labour indicates that the program has enabled low-income new parents to take leave without having to scramble for the money and knowing that after time spent with the child they have a safe workplace to return to.
Replicating this type of program at the federal level has been central to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. According to her statements, where there is will, there is power. Having a lessons learned approach and learning from successful examples like the Californian one should be the driving force behind the efforts. The presidential candidate is convinced that a working system which doesn’t strain small business can be put in place and is politically feasible.
The former Secretary of State isn’t the only one who is supporting the implementation of a nationwide paid family leave. Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Representative Rosa DeLauro are backing up the initiative.
Currently, only 59 percent of employed U.S. citizens benefit from the guarantee of a 12-week unpaid family leave.
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