The Senate failed to pass the PUMP Act on Wednesday. That hurts. But it doesn’t mean the fight is over.
I'm disappointed more than I can say. But I'm not done because it's not over.
My 12-year-old and 11-year-old girls watched with me as the Senate let down moms and babies. They hugged me when I cried for our collective loss. And now, they'll watch all of us stand back up and fight another day. This is a fight worth fighting.
The PUMP Act builds on more than a decade of successful workplace accommodations for breastfeeding workers by closing the coverage gap that leaves nearly 1 in 4 women of childbearing age unprotected. The requirements are simple: break time and a private, non-bathroom space for moms to pump at work. It is specifically designed with flexibility in mind so that it can be easily implemented in every workspace. The requirements are so simple that in most settings a simple curtain or the freedom to use a wearable breast pump is all it takes to comply. Employers are already required to allow this for MOST employees. With the PUMP Act, EVERY employee would be covered.
It's a no-brainer. It's bipartisan. It's time. We're continuing to do our work, it's time for the Senate to do theirs.
Here's what we can do right now to get this bill passed this Congressional session:
Moms aren’t asking for the world. They’re asking for a curtain and accountability. We can win this for them. Let's dust ourselves off and get back to work.
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