OK I've gotten more details on the FIRST bipartisan paid leave proposal we're likely to see this year — @SenBillCassidy and @SenatorSinema are working on it together. Here are the deets: https://t.co/3hZ0jfLHVk
— Kimberly Leonard (@leonardkl) April 3, 2019
It must perpetually be opposite-day for anyone holding the seat that belonged to John McCain. While in office McCain acted like a Republican-in-name-only, while his successor, Democrat Krysten Sinema, is acting as Democrat-in-name-only.
In fact, Sinema sides with Trump more than some Senate Republicans. As of this month, Sinema has voted with the Trump administration on 10 of 11 key votes. She was also one of only three Democrats to vote “no” on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, rather than “abstain” like her fellow cowards did.
As the Trump administration pays for a federal paid parental leave program (an issue Democrats have long called for, but will now pretend to oppose because Trump is President), Sinema again is among the lone Democrats without an ego.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Sinema of Arizona is set to be the first Democrat to work alongside Republicans on a paid parental leave idea, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said Wednesday.
Cassidy hasn’t unveiled his legislation yet but is expected to soon. As with several other plans Republicans have rolled out in recent weeks, the idea is expected to involve the Social Security program. Other Republican plans have proposed allowing new parents to take Social Security early to pay for leave, in exchange for delaying retirement until later.
So far, GOP Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Mike Lee of Utah have paired up for a bill, and Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mitt Romney of Utah have paired up on another idea, both of which involve using Social Security.
The plans vary slightly, and Cassidy’s idea is expected to have several differences as well, but he hasn’t shared the details yet.
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) April 3, 2019
Democrats have called the policy “fake leave” because it would be funded through social security, but the money has to come from somewhere. If social security truly is “our money,” why not let people access it for rare ocasions like childbirth tha