A Pro-Family Policy That Conservatives Should Support.
Instead of a new baby creating a financial crisis, what if both parents could be supported to stay home and bond with their baby and family? Currently, a quarter of new mothers return to work within two weeks of giving birth. Fathers go back even sooner, although studies show those home during this time are more likely to be involved in future child-rearing activities. Statistics on the health of families in the US is troubling with marriage and childbirth rates plummeting. Meanwhile, infant mortality rates are the highest in the developed world.
The White House has long supported a conservative approach to paid family leave. Fortunately, Members of Congress are stepping up to lead on this important issue. In March, Senators Joni Ernst and Mike Lee introduced the CRADLE Act and Senators Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney as well as Representatives Ann Wagner and Dan Crenshaw introduced the Economic Security for New Parents Act. It is exciting to see conservative leading on this important issue that strengthens families and values babies!