Lawmakers are pushing for a national paid leave insurance program.
On Thursday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Rosa DeLaurao of Connecticut introduced the Family Act.
The bill would allow both employers and employees to make contributions to a paid leave trust fund created within the Social Security Administration.
The Family Act has support from 38 Democrats, but Gillibrand expects more, even across party lines.
"It's not a Democratic or Republican idea. It's just a good idea that actually strengthens our workforce and strengthens our economy," she said.
The legislation would expand the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, which provides unpaid leave for those with serious health conditions.