Progressives Forced to Remove Paid Family Leave from Social Spending Bill


For weeks now, Democrats in Congress have been debating the particulars of a social spending bill. The Biden administration is claiming this spending bill won’t cost Americans any money; yet at the same time, he’s trying to have the IRS prod into Americans’ bank accounts.

Believe it or not, progressive Democrats don’t have as much leverage over the social spending bill as they’d like. Because Democrats have rejected any possibility of working with the GOP to get their votes, they need every single Democrat in the Senate to vote for the spending bill.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, has articulated various issues he has with the social spending legislation. Moreover, Manchin maintains he won’t vote for a bill with an excessively high price tag.

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It is for this reason progressives had no choice but to remove paid family leave from the social spending bill.

No deal on paid family leave

Many Democrats tried to get Manchin on board with paid family leave. They went from proposing 12 weeks of leave to four weeks of leave; however, none of it won Manchin over. Eventually, Democrats realized they had no choice but to remove paid family leave altogether.