On the surface, Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) “Economic Security for New Parents Act” might seem like a step in the right direction. The Florida Republican’s new proposal, unveiled yesterday, is intended to provide all new parents with two months of paid leave time to care for their new children.
Under the plan, new parents making up to $70, 000 would get two months of benefits, which would total roughly 70% of their existing income. The trick is where the money would come from.
In other words, instead of creating a proper system of paid family leave – such as the systems that already exist throughout most of the Western world – Rubio envisions a process in which new parents borrow money from their own Social Security benefits.
This makes it less of a pro-family policy and more of a loan.
“If someone has a better idea that doesn’t involve raising taxes, we’ll be interested in it, ” Rubio told the HuffPost.