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House Proceeding 06-04-09 on Jun 4th, 2009 :: 1:12:00 to 1:15:20
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Edolphus Towns

1:11:57 to 1:12:19( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: employed in the federal sector. this is the wrong message to send and i encourage my colleagues to vote agast this legislation. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: i would like to yield the chairman -- full chairman of our committee, brooklyn, for three minute

Edolphus Towns

1:12:00 to 1:15:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edolphus Towns

Edolphus Towns

1:12:20 to 1:12:42( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. towns: i would like to thank the federal work force subcommittee chairman, mr. lynch, for the outstanding job that he has done. i would like to thk congresswoman maloney for her leadership on this issue. i would like to thank the majority leader, steny hoyer, for his work on it.

Edolphus Towns

1:12:43 to 1:13:03( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: and i would like to thank congressman connellly for his work as well. the the gentlewoman from from new york has worked tirelessly to make the federal government an environment that is supportive of working mothers and fathers. i wa to thank her for her efforts. and may i add, a job well done.

Edolphus Towns

1:13:04 to 1:13:24( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: we need to recognize that the federal government is the largest employer in the uted states and that it is -- its policies should set the tone for the country. h.r. 626 provides federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave for the simple reason that no employee

Edolphus Towns

1:13:25 to 1:13:47( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: should have to choose between caring for a new child or their paycheck. by providing four weeks of paid parental leave, h.r. 626 makes a strategic investment in the federal work force. this bill will help the government recruit and retain young talented employees. as the federal government

Edolphus Towns

1:13:48 to 1:14:09( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: prepares for a wave of upcoming retirements, we need to attract this segment of the population to help us take on some of the challenges fing this country. this bill also provides potential cost savings to the american people. the taxpayers directly benefit

Edolphus Towns

1:14:10 to 1:14:29( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: when the government retains existing employees rather than having to hire, retrain, hire, retrain. that is expensive. and let me also add the country is better served by an

Edolphus Towns

1:14:36 to 1:14:56( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: experienced and productive federal worker that is able to adeq health and well-being of the newborn or newly adopted child. the long-term societal benefits of promoting healthy families and early child development are enormous. we in the federal government

Edolphus Towns

1:14:57 to 1:15:17( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: have a unique obligation to set an example for the rest of the nation, both in the values that we promote and in the way we responsibly manage taxpayers' funded programs. this bill accomplishes both goals. it benefits children and families and will enable us to recruit and retain top-notch federal employees whose work

Edolphus Towns

1:15:18 to 1:15:20( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: benefits the entire nation.

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