Home / News Paid leave has been added back into major social spending bill Speaker Pelosi added four weeks of paid family leave back into the social spending bill. By Cassandra Stone November 3, 2021 Paul Morgi / Getty House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that four weeks of paid family and medical leave will be added back into the Build Back Better social spending bill. After Democrats scrapped paid leave from the package last week, this marks a major shift in legislative deliberations. The inclusion of paid leave in the final draft of the bill will depend on Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who previously refused to include it in earlier drafts, as did Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Pelosi says paid family and medical leave will be included in the House’s Build Back Better legislation pic.twitter.com/HotKfW6E1D— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) November 3, 2021 “That’s a challenge, very much of a challenge. And they know how I feel about that,” he told reporters when informed of the revision, per NBC News. “(Because) we must have legislation agreed to by the House and the Senate in the final version of the Build Back Better Act that we will send to the President’s desk, we must strive to find common ground in the legislation,” Pelosi wrote in a letter addressed to her colleagues. “As we are reviewing priorities and at the urging of many Members of the Caucus, I have asked the Ways and Means Committee for its legislation for Paid Family and Medical Leave to be included in this morning’s hearing.” Newsletter Branded From conception to college, the Motherly newsletters are designed for you. Get a round-up of trending stories and important subjects in the MotherlyMinute. Then join our Week-by-Week list for customized, age-based articles to guide your growing family. "*" indicates required fields Email Address* Due date or child’s birthday Are you trying to conceive? Are you trying to conceive? During President Biden’s campaign, paid family leave was one of the main tenets of his platform. In Democrats’ initial $3.5 trillion proposal, they sought to include 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. However, due to opposition from Manchin and Sinema, it was cut from the bill altogether last week. View this post on Instagram A post shared by PL+US (@paidleaveus) The United States remains the only industrialized nation in the world that does not offer paid family and medical leave. Related Stories Life Paid leave + beyond: 11 companies that have amazing benefits for working parents 👏 Life Meghan Markle advocates for paid family leave in open letter to Congress News Dear Congress: Paid leave is not a perk. It’s a requirement.