For 16 years, Murray has lobbied her fellow lawmakers to consider a modest proposal—that workers in America deserve some period of paid sick leave, not just because it’s humane and reasonable, but because we’re all safer if people have it. “It is unacceptable that for 43 million of our nation’s workers, catching the flu or needing to care for a sick family member means losing a day of pay, or even losing a job,” Murray said three years ago and after more than a decade of fighting for one of her signature issues.
With cases of the pandemic growing at exponential rates in the United States, Murray once again teamed up with Rep. Rose DeLauro (D-Conn. ) to push for federal paid sick leave.
The first time that Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash. ) introduced a federal paid sick leave bill was in 2004.
Earlier this week, Republicans tacked on new amendments to the bill before it headed to the Senate, which limited the number of workers who can claim federal paid sick leave, even in the midst of this crisis.
One of the things that’s striking to me, as a citizen, is how disadvantaged we are here in the United States—in terms of dealing with this crisis—because we don’t have some of the things, like paid sick leave, that other developed countries have.