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I was thrilled to hear President Joe Biden describe his proposal for national paid leave as a component of his American Families Plan. As I’ve vocalized my excitement for Biden’s proposal the response from many has been, “I thought small businesses were opposed to this type of nationwide policy.” I’m frustrated that this widespread misperception persists. At the May 18, 2021 hearing by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions some politicians and paid lobbyists also expressed concern about the burden of a national policy on small businesses.

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