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It's an established fact that most Fortune 500 companies provide significantly more parental leave than this bill gives - I think the burden is on you to prove that this isn't a common benefit in corporate America, because it obviously is. The people who will take this leave are in their 20's and 30's - not big wage earners on a gravy train.
The kicker here is whether the Senate will pass the companion bill in the current economic environment. They certainly want to, it just might take them some time. And hey, if your for family values, what demonstrates that more than 4 weeks parental leave? It still requires the employee to put in significant leave time themselves, so it isn't a free ride - just a helping hand.
The "cost" associated with this is pretty limited - unlike, say the prescription drug benefit, 2001 Bush Tax Cut, and Iraq War that have so badly impacted our national balance sheet and all of which I'm sure you supported.
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