Horsford, Swalwell Lead Bicameral Group Calling on Congressional Leadership to Include Support for Working Fathers in Infrastructure and Jobs Legislation

June 18, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) and Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15) led over 50 members of the House and Senate in a letter to Congressional leadership emphasizing the importance of including meaningful paid leave in the next recovery and jobs plan.

The letter, which was released to coincide with Father’s Day, focused on the need to ensure that universal paid leave is available to parents and caregivers of all genders.

“Paid leave is personal for me — and every one of my constituents,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “I’m proud to lead over 50 members of Congress in calling on House and Senate leadership to ensure that paid leave is a top priority this Congress. Universal paid leave is essential to address current workforce inequities and build a stronger economy for workers at all income levels. As we work to rebuild from the pandemic, our next infrastructure and jobs plans must include a national paid leave policy to guarantee universal paid family and medical leave for all Americans.”

“If this pandemic has taught us anything it is that everyone should be able to take time to be there for their family without risking their job or paycheck,” said Congressman Eric Swalwell. “Whether it’s taking care of a sick loved one, or spending time at home with your kids, all working people deserve the dignity of paid leave. I’m proud to lead this bicameral group of dads in calling for universal paid leave to be included in the next relief bill. Paid leave isn’t just a women’s issue—it is a family issue and it affects us all.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.

House signers include Rep. Steven Horsford, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX-32), Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA-04), Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA-02), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY-16), Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA-02), Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-01), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA-16), Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL-11), Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-07), Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA-34), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA-04), Rep. Kai Kahele (D-HI-02), Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ-03), Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-03), Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI-02), Rep. John Larson (D-CT-01), Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI-09), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA-33), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO-02), Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-02), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), Rep. Jaime Raskin (D-MD-08), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-01), Del. Michael F.Q. San Nicolas (D-Guam), Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA-09), Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL-09), Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY-03), Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41), and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX-34).

Senate signers include Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sen. Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).