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Now is the time for a national paid leave policy

WHENEVER OUR NATION has faced a national crisis, Congress has put partisanship aside and come together to pass bold, transformative policy. Following the economic upheaval caused by the Great Depression, Congress passed the Social Security Act to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable, and in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, Congress passed Dodd-Frank to regulate the risky practices of the financial sector and protect consumers.

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