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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 3, 2023The Niskanen Center applauds the continued progress of the bipartisan House Paid Family Leave Working Group. Led by Congresswomen Stephanie Bice (R-OK) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), the Working Group recently announced the conclusion of their educational briefing series and an upcoming collaboration on a forthcoming legislative framework for paid family leave.

“New parents must be able to count on job security and stable income in the critical weeks after childbirth or adoption,” says Joshua McCabe, Niskanen’s social policy director. “We thank Representatives Bice and Houlahan and their colleagues for thoughtfully exploring policy options that empower families to prioritize time and care for their new children.” 

Niskanen’s policy research aims to equip federal lawmakers to understand the benefits of paid parental leave and craft the most impactful, well-designed policy strategies for national action. A 2021 white paper evaluated the most notable federal proposals and highlighted the core guiding principles that should guide congressional action. Further research has explored Unemployment Insurance as a tool to support states in creating their own paid family leave programs. 

The Niskanen Center is a 501(c)(3) advocacy organization established in 2014 to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process.