The U.S. House passed a bill allowing federal employees 4 weeks of paid parental leave, in substitution for some of the unpaid leave available under the Family and Medical Leave Act. This is similar to a measure which passed the house last year but did not make much headway in the Senate after President Bush threatened to veto such a proposal.
The bill is still quite a ways off from becoming law, and it would not apply, at least not right now, to private sector employees. It is worth watching, though, as groups who have been championing paid leave in the private sector may use momentum from this movement to push forward in theirs.
Stay tuned. . . .