Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave

Asia's Tech News Daily

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is aiming to use the fierce criticism he faced from conservatives over taking paternity leave as a way to have a conservation about the issue, amid efforts from the White House to get paid family leave into a social spending bill pending in Congress.

Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave
© Greg Nash Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

“The negativity was unfortunate but, in a way, maybe some good comes out of it too because it’s helped us have a conversation about parental leave,” Buttigieg said this week.

Buttigieg took shots for taking paternity leave during the supply chain crisis from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who criticized his absence from work.

“Paternity leave, they call it; trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how that went,” Carlson said during a segment earlier this month.

Buttigieg, the first openly gay Cabinet official in U.S. history, and his husband announced the birth of twins Penelope Rose and Joseph August. Buttigieg reportedly started his leave in mid-August.

Carlson’s high-profile criticism drew attention to Buttigeig and the larger issue of paternity leave, something the Transportation secretary went on to discuss during a series of appearances.

During an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Buttigeig said that “paid family leave is important” and noted that “it’s not a vacation.” Separately, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he said it’s work that “every American ought to be able to do” when they have a new child.

He has stressed that paid leave is still work when asked on ABC’s “The View” how to shed the stigma around paternity leave.

“Culturally, we do have to get across the idea that this is work. My work day as secretary of Transportation starts at a relatively normal hour. My work day as a job starts around three in the morning,” he said.

He also said that parents need to be supported when they take leave, regardless of gender.

“This is important for women who find their ability to get ahead in their careers influenced by these judgments that are being made about whether you can be a parent and an effective employee at the same time. But also men. If there’s this idea that, you know, men have access to paternity leave but it’s frowned on if they actually use it, obviously that doesn’t work for a marriage like mine but also for a man who’s married to a woman,” he said.

The White House has also drawn attention to the issue and pushed back on a Newsmax reporter’s questioning this week about whether it would have been wise for Buttigieg, who is known to bike to his office, to “get back on the bicycle, so to speak, and come back to work?”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki replied that Buttigieg is at work, adding that she was on a conference call with him that morning when the reporter replied that he’s on paternity leave.

“I think what you’re getting at here is this question about whether men, parents, women should have paternity and maternity leave. And the answer is absolutely yes, in our view,” Psaki said. “That is the policy of this administration.”

The debate over paternity leave comes at a critical time for the issue legislatively.

Advocates for paid leave are pressing to get strong provisions included in the social spending bill being crafted by Congress. The Biden administration had been pressing for 12 weeks of leave in the measure, which Democrats plan to pass through budget rules that prevent Republicans from filibustering the measure in the Senate.

The problem has been getting all 50 Democrats on the same page. Opposition to the $3.5 trillion cost from centrist Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are forcing the administration to reduce the size of the bill to somewhere in the $2 trillion range.

On Thursday, President Biden announced that his paid family and medical leave proposal has been slashed from 12 weeks to four weeks to bring down the price tag.

Advocates pay both fathers and mothers should be able to take time away from their jobs to care for newborn children.

“Children need the same kind of care and attention and bonding time with their parents no matter what gender their parents are,” said Jessica Mason, senior policy analyst at National Partnership for Women & Families.

This should also be the case regardless of their income or jobs, Mason said.

“This is not a conversation where it makes sense to be pitting the white-collar workers against the blue-collar workers or the high-income workers against the lower-income workers,” Mason said.

“I got the sense from some of the coverage that people think some workers are more or less necessary at their workplaces and one of the things about paid family leave and medical leave at large is that some worker at some point is going to need time away, whether it’s for a child, a health condition, or an aging parent,” she added.

Biden on Thursday in arguing for his proposals noted that the U.S. is one of the few industrial countries that doesn’t have paid leave. He said adding it would not hurt businesses or the economy.

Progressive Democrats sent a letter to Biden, Senate Majority Leader Charles (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urging them to include a more robust family and medical paid leave program after the news that the emerging legislation will just include just four weeks.

Buttigieg on NBC’s “Meet the Press” called it the “president’s vision” for paid family leave to be in the Democrat’s massive spending bill.

“The American people want this too. And frankly, I view this as something, or I wish at least that this were something that Republicans could join Democrats in calling for,” he said.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

NHL COVID-19 updates: Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy enters protocol with mild symptoms

BOSTON — Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has been placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Cassidy is the first Bruins player or coach to be added to the protocol this ... Read more »

Boris Johnson announcement – 4 Covid booster jabs vital for vulnerable says NHS boss as Brits face fines under new rules

THE most vulnerable in the country are set to get four coronavirus jabs in a race to stop the spread of the Omicron variant, an NHS chief has revealed. NHS ... Read more »

States: Sackler family members abusing bankruptcy process

The Associated PressFILE – In this Aug. 9, 2021, file photo, fake pill bottles with messages about OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma are displayed during a protest outside the courthouse where ... Read more »

The best present this Xmas is getting boosters to protect loved ones from Omicron

On this day, a year ago, we lacked the one thing we needed most of all in our fight against COVID: an approved vaccine to deploy to the people of ... Read more »

The hidden Disney World spot where you can avoid the crowds

DISNEY World can draw huge crowds all year round, as families flock to the happiest place on earth. But if you are planning on going and want to avoid the ... Read more »

Man with Tesla face tattoo busted for DUI after crashing minivan

Jordan Lindsey, above, was driving of a 1992 GMC Safari when he crashed on a highway outside Chicago last Thursday. A man with Tesla face tattoo has been busted on ... Read more »

NJ cop Louis Santiago had reportedly been drinking before fatally striking nurse with car

Louis Santiago was slapped with reckless vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains, DWI and other charges after he allegedly struck and killed nurse Damian Dymka. Essex County, N.J. jail A Newark ... Read more »

Camden County Acting Prosecutor announces departure

CAMDEN – Jill S. Mayer, Camden County's acting prosecutor since October 2019, has announced her abrupt departure from the law enforcement agency. Mayer on Tuesday said she will retire Wednesday, ... Read more »

Shocking images show what diabetes really looks like for millions of people

Diabetics’ vision can get wavy, as illustrated using a very fragile-looking Tower Bridge. Lenstore These shocking images give an idea of what millions of people with diabetes have struggled with. ... Read more »

Tiger Woods Reveals Amputating His Leg Was Considered After Car Accident

© Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Image Tiger Woods faced the possibility of having his leg amputated after his car accident. In a Tuesday press conference at the Hero World Challenge, his ... Read more »

Prosecutors begin calling witnesses on second day of actor Jussie Smollett's trial for reporting allegedly bogus hate crime

CHICAGO — One of the lead Chicago police detectives assigned to investigate the alleged hate-crime attack on Jussie Smollett took the stand Tuesday morning in Smollett’s trial, walking jurors step ... Read more »

Beyoncé Features Daughters Rumi and Blue Ivy in New Fashion Campaign

© Tiffany & Co. Beyoncé’s keeping it in the family when it comes to her hype crew. Bey enlisted her 9-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, and 4-year-old daughter, Rumi, for her new ... Read more »

Britney Spears is now on 'the right medication' after conservatorship termination

Britney Spears is basking in the glow of her new unrestrained life.  On Nov. 29, the pop star posted a photo of a fireplace decorated for the holidays. In her ... Read more »

Michael K. Williams' Docuseries 'Black Market' Gets Emotional Season 2 Trailer

© et Michael K. Williams‘ final documentary project is making its debut. On Monday, Vice dropped a first look at season 2 of the late actor‘s TV docuseries, Black Market With Michael K. ... Read more »

People over-60 should postpone travel amid Omicron variant, WHO warns

(Evening Standard) Vulnerable people – including over-60s – should postpone travel, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised. New advice was issued to people in the wake of the new ... Read more »

For Boris everything will always turn out for the best — until it doesn't

Well, who would you trust with the nation’s health? On the Radio 4 Today programme, Jenny Harries, chief executive of the Health Security Agency and frequent celebrity guest at Downing ... Read more »

Father of 8-week-old baby wanted in connection to infant's death: Court documents

The father of an 8-week-old baby who died over the weekend in Sioux Falls is charged with one count of murder and one count of manslaughter, according to court documents ... Read more »

Covid rules could be tightened, minister says

© PA Media Mask wearing is now expected in shops and schools The Isle of Man government is “prepared to go further and harder” with Covid restrictions if new rules ... Read more »

Boosters ‘huge logistical challenge' for the NHS, experts say

The expansion of the Covid-19 vaccine booster programme poses a “huge logistical challenge” for the NHS, experts have said. Health leaders said the campaign was already at its “most complex ... Read more »

Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Prince Andrew travelled in Jeffrey Epstein's private jet, pilot tells court

Jeffrey Epstein‘s former pilot, Lawrence Visoski, arrives for Ghislaine Maxwell‘s sex trafficking trial in New York Jeffrey Epstein’s private pilot has described Ghislaine Maxwell as the “number two” in the ... Read more »

Face masks now exempt for dancing on some forms of public transport

© Getty Images The exemption is intended to cover party buses and boats – Getty Images Areas of public transport “used mainly for dancing” have been exempted from new Covid ... Read more »

France turns to EU Army as Channel migrant crisis spirals out of control

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will be monitoring human trafficking on the English Channel from Wednesday. One of its planes will regularly fly over the coasts of ... Read more »

Hunger increased by 30 percent in Latin America since 2019: UN

© Provided by Al Jazeera Residents wait in a line to receive free food in Buenos Aires, Argentina earlier this month. An additional 13.8 million people across Latin America and ... Read more »

Honduras' Castro to seek new debt deal with IMF, opposes tax hikes

© Reuters/Fredy Rodriguez FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Campaign rally of Xiomara Castro, presidential candidate for the opposition party of Libre Party, in Tegucigalpa By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduran ... Read more »

Wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' gets 3 years on US charges

© Provided by Associated Press This photo provided by the Alexandria Adult Detention Center shows Emma Coronel Aispuro. The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced ... Read more »

Macro on the iPhone 13 Pro: How to take close-up photos

The iPhone 13 Pro impressed us with its awesome performance and its all-round camera skills. A new addition to the 13 Pro is the ability to take detailed macro photos using ... Read more »

20 Very Sweet Personalized-Jewelry Gifts

Jewelry is literally close to our hearts; some of us never take it off. Whether it’s a ring or necklace that holds deep sentimental meaning, there’s no denying that certain pieces ... Read more »

For Your Tias, Primas & More: 8 Latinx Beauty Gifts To Give This Navidad

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping and — if you’re anything like my procrastinating self — being suuuuper stressed about what to get everyone. The pressure to find gifts for ... Read more »

This browser extension shows how many brands on Amazon are actually just Amazon

A new browser extension promises to show you which products in your Amazon search results are sold by brands that are either owned by or are exclusive to Amazon, giving ... Read more »

'Fascinated by death': Why Americans can't get enough of drug cartel dramas like 'Narcos'

MEXICO CITY — Their violence is legendary, their bloody techniques are designed to inflict pain and horror and their widespread trafficking of narcotics has caused untold misery and deaths across ... Read more »

Omicron and inflation did not stop shoppers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Amid supply chain snarls and fears that gifts shipped to homes would arrive too late, more holiday shoppers made their purchases in stores than online this year. Read more »

The Omicron variant might be our last warning about vaccinating Africa

A vaccination clinic. Illustrated | Getty Images, iStock Over Thanksgiving weekend, global markets were convulsed by news of a new coronavirus variant, dubbed “Omicron” by the World Health Organization after ... Read more »

Why Everyone Will Be Talking About ‘Baking It' This Holiday Season

It seems like there’s a new cooking and baking competition show every month these days, and for the most part, the format feels very one note (or one flavor, if ... Read more »

Joe Concha rips CNN over Chris Cuomo controversy: He shouldn't 'sniff a microphone' until investigation is complete

The Fox News contributor blasted the network for allowing Cuomo to continue working after text messages surfaced suggesting Cuomo tried to help his brother amid sexual assault allegations. Read more »

No reason to panic, says BMC chief amid Omicron scare; postpones reopening of schools to Dec 15

No reason to panic, says BMC chief amid Omicron threat; postpones reopening of schools to Dec 15 In the wake of Omicron variant of coronavirus, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner ... Read more »

With list of dos and don'ts, Delhi pollution body asks residents to join air pollution fight

© Provided by Hindustan Times A heavily smog engulfed view of a construction near Parliament House in New Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO) To encourage public participation in the Capital’s fight ... Read more »

Bigg Boss 15 Day 60 written updates: Shamita Shetty-Devoleena lock horns, Tejasswi steals from VIPs

© Provided by Zee News NEW DELHI: The episode begins with Rakhi Sawant showing the bathroom area to the latest wild card entry Abhijeet Bichukale. He tells Rakhi that he ... Read more »

Pakistan diplomat summoned over photoshoot at Kartarpur Sahib

© Provided by Hindustan Times The gurdwara at Kartarpur is located in the area where Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is believed to have spent his final years (AFP) ... Read more »

Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai, 30 November 2021, Written Update: Anita apologizes to Vibhuti

© Provided by Pinkvilla Today, we see that Angoori blames herself for spoiling Tiwari’s mood as she asks for an expensive necklace from him while he has suffered heavy loss ... Read more »

New rules for international arrivals kick in today amid looming threat of Omicron variant | Details

With the threat of the ‘highly transmissible’ Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 looming large, the Government of India’s new guidelines for international travellers is set to kick in starting Wednesday. First ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic