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Published — July 1, 2009 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Mandatory one-week vacation legislation lacks congressional support

Introduction

As Congress leaves town for the July 4th recess, a timely bill is languishing in the House: the Paid Vacation Act.

Rep. Alan Grayson, a first-term Florida Democrat, recently introduced the act, which would require employers to provide a week of paid leave for all their workers. Specifically, the bill would require employers with 100 or more workers to give their staff one paid week off, after a year on the job; three years after its passage, the bill would expand to include employers with 50 workers and, at that time, companies with 100 employees would be required to provide two weeks of paid vacation.

Right now, the United States is the only industrialized country with no mandatory paid leave or holidays. Even with one paid week off, however, the United States would still lag far behind other industrialized nations, according to a 2007 report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Two weeks off would place the U.S. on par with Canada and Japan, but still far behind the European Union’s 20 days per year.

Although it’s not required, most Americans do get time off, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But the amount of time off varies widely. For instance, just 63 percent of construction workers receive paid vacation, compared to 96 percent of managers. And the BLS stats don’t calculate how many days off workers get — just if they get any paid vacation at all.

The bill’s prospects are not sunny: just two of Rep. Grayson’s House colleagues have cosponsored the bill, Rep. Maurice Hinchey of New York and Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, and there is no companion legislation in the Senate.

Not included in the BLS data is information on how much time off is given to members of Congress. In 2008, the House was in session for 188 days, and the Senate was in session for 182. When members are not in session, they can use their time as they see fit: fact-finding trips, campaigning in their districts, local services and outreach, and yes, going on vacation.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

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THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT