In a compromise reconciliation package being discussed by the White House and legislators on Capitol Hill, President Biden announced firmly on Thursday that his plan for paid family and medical leave had been lowered from 12 to 4 weeks.
When questioned about the proposed program during a CNN town hall on Thursday, Biden responded, "It's down to four weeks."
The paid leave program is one of several aspects of the package that Democrats are reducing in order to keep the cost down. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are both opposed to the Democrats' original $3.5 trillion price tag.
Biden's acknowledgment that under the compromise proposal, Americans will be eligible for four weeks of paid family or medical leave would undoubtedly disappoint legislators and others who have pushed hard for the program to better help working parents and those dealing with medical emergencies.
He also admitted that his plan for two years of tuition-free community college will not be included in the package, but he vowed that he would try again to get it enacted.
“We’re going to get free community college in the next several years,” Biden said