Senator Ernst Explains CRADLE Act

By Ellis Codjoe, March 14, 2019

Earlier this week, Senator Joni Ernst announced a new proposal aimed at parents of newborns in Iowa and across the United States.

In her weekly conference call with reporters, Ernst explained more about The Child Rearing and Development Leave Empowerment (CRADLE) Act would, in Ernst’s words:

“Parents would be given the ability to receive one, two, or three months of paid leave by having the option to postpone activating their Social Security benefits for two, four or six months. The plan provides every new mom and dad, whether through natural birth or adoption, the flexibility to stay home with their newborns during the critical first months after birth, without creating another massive mandated government program or adding to our ever-growing deficit.”

Ernst added that this program is optional, it would not be mandatory. Ernst explained the CRADLE Act is essentially eligible parents borrowing from Social Security and then paying that borrowed money back by deferring their Social Security benefits.

While this is proposal is a draft, Ernst says she hopes this starts the conversation that allows more parents access to paid parental leave.

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