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October 6, 2015

Contact: Patrick Mara                                                                                                        

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the DC Council introduced the so-called “Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015.” The DC Republican Party issued the following statement on the DC Council’s latest well-intentioned effort to further increase costs of living in the District:

DC Republican Party Chairman José Cunningham said of the bill, “I am extremely concerned the DC Council wishes to mandate employers to require 16 weeks of paid leave. It’s a near certainty that employers will reduce the lower rungs of their work forces if this legislation becomes law. This recent bill is yet another DC Council ‘bright idea’ that harms economic opportunity and overall competitiveness in the District. We have a serious problem with group think on the Council and the lack of analysis and review of the private sector’s benefit, compensation, and labor policy on this issue points to the need for a two party or even a multiparty system of government in DC. Nobody takes the DC Council seriously.”  

“With no public sector tax participation, I can’t wait to see the schemes the DC Council comes up with to bring 31,000 District Government employees on board with their latest idea to play parent,” added DC GOP Executive Director Patrick Mara. “I suspect this measure will be extremely destructive to low wage workers. Further, since DC employees who commute from Virginia and Maryland are not eligible, workers living outside the District may be seen as more attractive to employers. The DC Council might as well change the name of this bill to the ‘Expediting Gentrification Act of 2015.'”

For further information or comments, contact Patrick Mara at

The DC Republican Party Central Committee is made up of registered Republicans living throughout the District of Columbia in all eight wards who are nominated and elected to serve as members.

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