Schleifer Announces Support for Paid Family Leave, Small Business Investment, Unions, Universal Pre-K, and Social Security Enhancement

Schleifer: “Working and middle-class families are the backbone of our economy.”

White Plains, NY – Adam P. Schleifer, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in New York’s 17th District, announced his plan for economic justice in the United States.  Schleifer’s plan advances economic and social policy ideas that will help millions of Americans, from hardworking families and the elderly to the disability community.  In his plan, Schleifer calls for establishing paid leave for all working Americans; directing federal funds to support 21st-century small businesses; protecting Social Security benefits, especially for disabled Americans; strengthening unions; and implementing universal pre-K for all children who wish to attend.  

“Working and middle-class families are the backbone of our economy, but we have not always treated them as such,” Schleifer comments.  “My plan will bring justice to these families and unlock greater economic opportunity for them and our country.”

In Congress, Schleifer will support legislation like the FAMILY Act, sponsored by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in 2019, which provides workers with paid leave to attend to serious personal illnesses, the birth or adoption of a child, and sick loved ones.  Schleifer notes that lack of paid family and medical leave can result in financial hardship for workers, discrimination toward women, and negative health outcomes for both workers who return too quickly from injuries and newly born or adopted children.  Schleifer’s plan for federal paid leave will promote families’ financial security and independence, increase worker retention, empower equal employment opportunities for men and women, and advance positive health outcomes.  

Schleifer will route federal funds to incubate and support 21st-century small businesses creating new jobs, especially those that are minority-owned and addressing climate change.  In Congress, Schleifer would oppose cuts to agencies like the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Minority Business Development Administration (MBDA), the Community Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI), and the Small Business Administration (SBA), all of which have been eliminated or cut in President Trump’s recent budget proposal. Schleifer recognizes that the elimination and partial defunding of such vital agencies and programs would be detrimental to America’s small businesses, slow pay growth, and increase the grip that large corporations have on everyday Americans. Additionally, Schleifer plans to increase the amount of federal contracting funds awarded to minority-owned businesses, which would bring capital and jobs to underrepresented communities. Finally, Schleifer would increase funding for federal incentive programs that allocate grants to small businesses developing solutions to address our environmental crisis, including those building renewable energy methods.

In addition to these measures, Schleifer will strengthen unions and ensure that workers have the means to fight for fair wages and benefits.  In Congress, Schleifer would support the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which safeguards workers’ right to unionize and collectively bargain, and stand up to so-called “right to work” laws.  Schleifer notes that such actions are important given the decline in union membership over the past 30 year, falling from a high of more than 20 percent around 1985 to less than 11 percent in recent years.  

Schleifer will also implement a strong universal pre-K program that provides children with quality education, regardless of socioeconomic status.  His plan would create an option for parents to send their 3- or 4-year-old child to a full-day, full-year public pre-K taught by credentialed teachers.  Schleifer notes that demand for pre-K has outpaced supply in many places, leaving families unable to enroll their children in a high-quality and affordable pre-K classroom.  In Nyack, for example, only 20 percent of 4-year-olds are able to access pre-K despite the strong cognitive and non-cognitive benefits associated with attending a high-quality pre-K program.  Schleifer’s plan would address challenges like these by directing more funds to state and local governments to support the expansion of pre-K programming in their communities. 

Finally, Schleifer will expand economic opportunities for Americans by undoing the Trump tax cuts and protecting important Social Security benefits currently under threat from his administration.  As detailed in his tax plan, Schliefer would repeal the Trump state and local tax deduction cap that limits how much money Westchester and Rockland county families can deduct from their federal tax obligation.  Schleifer would also shield Social Security benefits for the 178 million Americans covered under the program, including retired workers, disabled Americans, and survivors of deceased workers.  In his recent budget presented earlier this year, President Trump proposed slashing $45 billion in Social Security benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income that serve disabled children and adults.  As noted in his Rights for Persons with Disabilities plan, Schleifer will work in Congress to increase these benefits and expand economic opportunities for people with disabilities.

About Adam Schleifer:

Adam Schleifer, 38, graduated from Chappaqua’s public schools in 1999 and went on to attend Cornell University and Columbia University Law School, where he served as a Senior & Staff Development Editor on the Columbia Law Review.  After graduating from law school, Schleifer served two years as a federal law clerk, first in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Schleifer then built a career at one of the nation’s leading law firms before reentering public service, first as a New York State consumer-protection regulator, and then as an Assistant United States Attorney.  Schleifer has prosecuted regulatory and federal-criminal actions against predatory payday and subprime auto lenders; taken dangerous and illegal weapons out of communities; prosecuted crimes of sexual violence and predation; and protected our clean air by prosecuting a conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act.  Adam Schleifer and his wife, Nicole, are residents of New Castle.

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