Major Victory for Moms and Families as Measures to Support Pregnant and Breastfeeding Workers Are Poised for Passage by Congress!
“The country’s moms and families won a major, meaningful, long overdue victory today when the U.S. Senate included the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in the FY23 budget bill. When lawmakers enact these two essential measures, breastfeeding moms will no longer be forced to pump breastmilk in bathrooms, cars, closets and cafeterias; and fewer pregnant workers will be forced out of their jobs because employers deny them reasonable accommodations like carrying water bottles and taking more bathroom breaks. Both these measures will especially help low-income women and women of color, and they will make America’s moms and families more economically secure.”
-Statement of Tina Sherman, Senior Campaign Director for Maternal Justice, MomsRising
“Finally! When the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act become law, moms and moms-to-be will have common-sense protections we all deserve. Still, we are disappointed that some airline workers were excluded from the protections in the PUMP Act. We will work in the months ahead to change that, to give them the same protections other workers will soon have.
“We were relieved, as well, that the U.S. Senate voted down some terribly harmful amendments that would have caused great harm to asylum-seekers.
“Although it is far from perfect and excludes measures of vital importance to moms and families, we look forward to final congressional passage of this budget and to President Biden signing it into law. This brings some of the progress moms and families have been counting on – and we will look to the next Congress to build on it.”
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising