Democrats drop paid leave from Biden spending framework

The Hill |

Democrats and the White House have dropped paid leave out of President Biden’s spending plan in a blow to progressives.

Paid parental and medical leave was not included in documents circulated by the White House early Thursday detailing what’s in the spending framework that Biden is expected to pitch to House Democrats.

The paid leave proposal has been in limbo for days, with sources telling The Hill on Wednesday that it was expected to be left out of the framework as Democrats and the White House scrambled to reach a deal.

The decision to leave paid leave out of the framework is unlikely to be the end of the fight among Democrats.

Democratic senators ramped up their efforts on Wednesday night to get Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to agree to support the inclusion of a paid leave program in the spending bill.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) vowed to continue her lobbying effort, describing the completion of the bill, not the framework, as her deadline to get Manchin’s support.

“He’s looking into the details, and he said he would remain open-minded,” Gillibrand said on Wednesday night.

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