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Fathers’ Rights, Paid Family Leave, and Other Family-related Topics Are at the Forefront of the Democratic Party’s Newly Formed Dads Caucu

A statement from the White House says: On Thursday, four House Democrats established the Congressional Dads Caucus to advance a policy agenda that prioritises families. This includes increasing parental leave, the child tax credit, and other measures.

Along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a member of the Moms in the House, Reps. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), Andy Kim (D-N.J.), and Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) announced the launch of the caucus.

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For many working families across the country, “the foundation of this caucus is built in a simple premise that dads need to do our part in supporting policies that will make a difference in their lives,” Gomez said.

The organization’s stated goal is to increase its membership so that it may more effectively lobby for policies that would benefit working families, such as increased access to parental leave, child tax credits, and child care.

Paid leave expansion efforts have previously stagnated in the Democratic Senate and are unlikely to advance in the current Republican-controlled House.

The Caucus will “promote legislation that advances these solutions,” according to a press statement from Gomez’s office. “In addition, the Caucus will hold briefings and events aimed to educate and inform Members of Congress and the public about the concerns of working parents,” the release continues.

Earlier last month, during Kevin McCarthy’s fight for speaker, Gomez caused a stir online by bringing his young son, Hodge, to the Capitol.

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“I realised I wanted to bring him to the [House] floor to have him experience history, but also to recognise that he embodies what we’re fighting for,” Gomez explained to ABC News’ Jay O’Brien.

Gomez remarked at the time, “He represents the millions of kids that don’t have the privilege to be on the floor.”

Two members of the newly formed Dads Caucus announced its creation during a Washington Post Live event on Wednesday. The group follows on the heels of the formation of a working group on paid family leave by three Republicans and three Democrats in the House.

But although that nonpartisan organisation is getting ready to start meeting in the coming weeks, the dads caucus has already formed without any Republican members.

Because “waiting for the bipartisan, bicameral method in order to start the dads conference” had already been tried, Gomez stated on Thursday that he didn’t want to wait for it.

He told reporters, “Let’s have this discussion if there’s a Republican that believes in a national paid family leave or boosting the child tax credit or affordable child care.”

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Those Republicans who agree with these policy suggestions are “more than welcome to join,” he said.

However, such a plan of action has proven unpalatable to even some Democrats. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, one of his party’s most conservative members, rejected President Joe Biden’s social spending package, known as the Build Back Better plan, which ultimately resulted in the elimination of paid family leave.

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