Mark Levin Calls Out Republicans on Paid Family Leave: ‘What’s the Constitutional Basis for This?’

By Michael Morris | March 14, 2019 | 12:22pm EDT


Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host of “The Mark Levin Show,” TV host of “Life, Liberty & Levin,” author and American lawyer Mark Levin called out Republicans in support of paid family leave or “The Child Rearing and Development Leave Empowerment Act” on social media on Thursday, asking, “What’s the constitutional basis for this?”

“The CRADLE Act?” asked Mark Levin in a Facebook post. “Paid Family Leave? A bankrupt government has another bipartisan spending plan? Government subsidies for child rearing? Another Ponzi scheme? Where are the plans for cutting spending, cutting the debt, reducing big government? A[nd] what’s the constitutional basis for this?”

Mark Levin’s comments came after Republican Senators Joni Ernst and Mike Lee unveiled “a new proposal for paid family leave,” reports “CBS This Morning.” “The CRADLE Act would allow new parents to tap into their Social Security savings, and later delay their retirement, to take paid time off after the birth or adoption of a child.”

“So, you can take one, two or three months of parental leave,” said Sen. Lee about “The CRADLE Act” on “CBS This Morning,” “and as a consequence of that, choose to delay your retirement date by two, four or six months.”

Sen. Ernst linked to a summary and background of “The CRADLE Act” on her senate page.

The summary posted by Sen. Ernst states in pertinent part the following about “The CRADLE ACT”:

“The Child Rearing and Development Leave Empowerment (CRADLE) Act would allow both natural and adoptive parents to receive one, two, or three months of paid leave benefits in exchange for postponing the activation of their retirement benefits for two, four, or six months. The benefit would be calculated using the existing Social Security disability formula.”

The background posted by Sen. Ernst states in pertinent part the following about “The CRADLE ACT”:

“The birth or adoption of a child is a happy experience for families across the country. But, for millions of working moms and dads, affording the time off to spend with their newborns is a much more complicated picture. This can be particularly difficult for working parents that may not benefit from any typeof employer-sponsored leave benefit. In order to address this problem, Senators Ernst (R-Iowa) and Lee (R-Utah) have been working to develop a proposal to address the need for paid parental leave based on the following principles: (1) Voluntary Participation for Employees (2) Budget-Neutral (3) Family Focused”

During his 2019 State of the Union address, President Trump even spoke positively about “a plan for nationwide paid family leave – comments that were evidently well-received,” reported

Back on May 15, 2017, linking to a piece from The Daily Wire titled “Trump’s Mother’s Day Message: We Need Paid Family Leave, Obamacare Replacement Because ‘Current Health System’ Is Failing Women,” Levin asked in a tweet, “‘We need paid family leave.’ Paid by whom?”

But Levin is not alone in questioning the efficacy of paid family leave. In a commentary titled “Trump’s Paid Parental Leave: Bad for Women, Bad for the Economy,” economist Daniel J. Mitchell wrote, “Government-mandated paid parental leave is just as misguided as childcare subsidies. It may even be worse.” Later in the same piece, Mitchell asked, “Why on earth should the United States mimic the policies of nations that have less growth, more unemployment, and lower per-capita economic output?”

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