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Children playing at daycare The family leave provision would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or foster of a new child. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Federal employees are about to get something most private employees don’t get: 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

NPR reports that although there’s still division within the Congress over whether federal employees should be paid to take parental leave—predictably, Republicans have not been champions of the idea despite White House support, while Democrats have been working toward just such a benefit for years—the measure passed, within a defense bill, in a move that also gave President Trump his much-vaunted Space Force as a new branch of the Air Force.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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