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Reid Knocks Paul Ryan on Family Leave

House Speaker Paul Ryan is a hypocrite, not many will doubt that, and it has been made abundantly clear over his desire to receive paid family leave, but deny the average American from achieving it.

Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid slammed Ryan on Tuesday for his decision to oppose a bill that would provide Americans with paid family leave.

“Speaker Ryan sets a more family-friendly work schedule for himself, but he is blocking legislation that would provide the bare minimum in paid leave to hardworking Americans,” the Democratic leader said from the Senate floor. “Before we worry about ourselves, we should worry about the millions of Americans who can’t get a day off work to care for a sick child.”

The Hill reports:

Reid’s remarks come after Ryan told House Republicans that he would spend his weekends with his family in Wisconsin, putting distance between himself and former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who frequently spent that time fundraising.

The move got Ryan pushback from progressives, who criticized the Wisconsin Republican for dismissing the need for a paid family leave law.

Reid added on Tuesday that while politicians repeatedly talk about family values, “right now we need more than talk.”

“We need members of Congress to step to the plate and help working families,” he added.

Ryan’s push for weekends at home also earned him criticism from some House Republicans. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told McClatchy last month that while he understood Ryan’s effort, “there are a lot of 9 to 5 jobs and speaker is not one of those.”

But Reid, on Tuesday, called any criticism of Ryan’s decision “wrong,” adding, “He wants to spend more time with his family. I applaud him for that.”

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