Did you know…
In the early 1990’s, Senator Ted Kennedy sponsored and co-authored the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), which establishes that workers are allowed “to take unpaid leave to care for a new baby, their own serious illness, or the serious illness of a child, parent or spouse” without fearing that they will lose their jobs.
Believe it or not, this piece of legislation was not an easy one to get signed into law, in fact, it had been vetoed twice before by President George H.W. Bush. Kennedy, however, was a seasoned legislator and knew that the presidential vetoes did not shut the door on the issue. After several debates on both the Senate and House Floors, it passed each chamber of Congress and was finally signed into law by President Bill Clinton on February 5, 1993.
↳ Link: For more resources about FMLA, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor site.
↳ Link: Original bill and summaries, courtesy of the Library of Congress.
↳ Link: Senate roll call vote on FMLA, courtesy of senate.gov.
Pictured: Senator Kennedy in 2006 outside of his Capitol office, along with his Portuguese Water Dog, Splash, in Washington D.C. and Senator Kennedy present for the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act on 02/05/1993.