Gillibrand introduces paid family leave plan

Kirsten Gillibrand's big idea

New York Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled her “big idea” on NBC News Wednesday night: national paid family leave.

Gillibrand says that the United States is the “only industrialized country” that does not have paid family leave.

Under her plan, Gillibrand says that workers could receive up to three months of paid leave at a rate of 66 percent of their regular pay check.

To pay for the plan, Gillibrand says it would cost $2 a week per worker and employer, or about $104 a year per person.

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 128 million workers in the United States. At $104 a year, workers would pay more than $13.3 billion into the program.

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