Councilmember Silverman Responds to Postponed Discussion of District Paid Family Leave Program

Today, the Council of the District of Columbia held the final legislative meeting of the session. A committee mark-up of the Universal Paid Leave Act, co-introduced and co-written by Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) last October, was postponed until the Council reconvenes after the legislative recess. Councilmember Silverman released the following statement following today’s meeting:

“Last week, Chairman Mendelson decided to postpone a vote on the paid family and medical leave legislation. The Universal Paid Leave Act is a complex bill with a lot of moving parts, and I’m glad to take the time to get it right. I’m especially invested in making sure we pass the best bill possible to help support District employers and make our city a more attractive place to do business. I thank Chairman Mendelson, Councilmember Grosso, and all of the District residents and businesses that have testified in support of the bill.  My staff and I will be working over the summer on the legislation, and I look forward to passing a comprehensive bill in the fall.”