Apr 29, 2021
Marking his first 100 days in office, President Biden addressed Congress and the nation last night in his first presidential speech. In his remarks, the president announced his American Families Plan, a $1.8 trillion investment in education, childcare, and nutrition for American families.
According to the White House, the plan introduces, amongst other things, a national paid family and medical leave program providing partial wages for 12-weeks to workers taking time off “to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill loved one, deal with a loved one’s military deployment, find safety from sexual assault, stalking, or domestic violence, heal from their own serious illness, or take time to deal with the death of a loved one.”
The plan would use federal funds to cover up to $4,000 a month, with at least two-thirds of wages replaced. The program also covers three days of bereavement per year, starting on the first year of being enacted. The 12-week benefit will be phased in during the next ten years.
"No one should have to choose between a job and paycheck or taking care of themselves and a loved one – a parent, spouse, or child," Biden said during the speech.
Read President Biden’s entire speech here.