Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on Congress to pass the Federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act.
Gillibrand says only 12 percent of Americans have access to paid family leave.
Gillibrand was expected to join working parents and small business owners in front of her Manhattan office Sunday, where she was expected to urge Congress to pass federal legislation aimed at giving new mothers paid time off to recover and to get to know their child.
In addition, the act would also establish a national gender-neutral paid family and medical leave insurance program.
Gillibrand says her goal is to make sure workers no longer have to chose between getting a paycheck and taking care of themselves or a sick family member.