House Democrats are fighting hard to pass a multitrillion-dollar reconciliation package full of new spending and tax measures. While the exact scope and funding of the bill are not yet finalized, here are highlights of what Democrats have laid out in legislation at the committee level this week:
Democrats hope to create the country’s first federal leave program. They are proposing up to 12 weeks of universal paid family and medical leave to workers nationwide. The program would be rolled out over the next decade and include 12 weeks' leave for those who suffer a personal illness. The program would expand upon requirements for employers under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The legislation would mandate certain employers, who don’t currently have workers enrolled in employer-sponsored retirement plans, automatically enroll them in individual retirement accounts or 401(k)-type plans.