Family Time

Family Time
Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) will accept the nod as House Speaker under certain conditions, and one of them is getting lots of attention. Rep. Ryan, who would take school lunches away from poor kids, wants time off to spend with his own children. Here’s some background that may not be obvious:

Like all Members of Congress, Mr. Ryan only spends 3 or 4 days a week in Washington when the House is in session, which isn’t that often, about 34 weeks a year. In other words, he’s asking to keep his current schedule if he’s the Speaker.

Paul Ryan was 16 when his own father died, so it’s understandable he’s especially sensitive to the issue of family time.

Rep. Ryan wants his own family time but won’t let others have theirs. He voted against the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act in 2009.


“Paul Ryan, Opponent of Paid Family Leave, Demands Congress Respect His Need for Family Time,” Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel

“”Hardline Republicans To Paul Ryan: Family Time Isn’t In The Job Description For Speaker,” Tarini Parti, Buzzfeed

“Paul Ryan Wants To Preserve His Work/Family Balance While Making It Harder For Poor Parents,” Bryce Covert, ThinkProgress

“Paul Ryan Demands Family Time In His New Job. Many Americans Aren’t So Lucky.” Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post

“Paul Ryan Demands the Work-Life Balance His Policies Crush,” Joe Hine, Demos

“Paul Ryan is terrible, but we shouldn’t discount his praise of family time,” Jessica Valenti, The Guardian


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