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   Family leave bill unlikely to pass

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9/12/2006 1:00 am

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Army Times

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Entered 9/14/2006, Updated 9/14/2006

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A Senate-passed plan to create a liberal leave program for those taking care of the children of deployed U.S. troops appears to be dying because a key House committee chairman believes it is unneeded. At issue is a proposal passed by the Senate as an amendment to the 2007 defense authorization bill that creates two separate programs to help anyone who is the primary caregiver for children of deployed service members. First, it would amend the federal government’s leave policies to allow leave donated by co-workers to be used ahead of earned leave for caregivers who need time off when caring for the children. Second, it encourages but does not require private-sector businesses to create their own leave programs for primary caregivers of the children of deployed service members. Both initiatives are aimed at caregivers who are not the spouse of a deployed service member, but are relatives or friends who lack the same flexibility in taking time off. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., is the chief sponsor of what he calls the Military Family Support Act, which passed the Senate by voice vote and is now being discussed by House and Senate negotiators who are trying to write a compromise version of the defense bill.


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