Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth

Representing the 8th District of Illinois
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Duckworth and Noem lead Bipartisan Delegation of 50 Members of Congress to introduce MOM Act

May 9, 2014
Press Release
Ahead of Mother’s Day, Legislation Extends Maternity Leave for Women in the Military

Today, House Armed Services Committee Members, Congresswomen Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Kristi Noem (R-SD) led a bipartisan delegation of 50 Members of Congress to introduce the Military Opportunities for Mothers (MOM) Act, which will extend maternity leave for women serving in the military from 6 weeks to 12 weeks. The legislation will align access to maternity leave for female Service Members with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guidelines available to federal employees. The MOM Act already has more than 50 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle.

“This Mother’s Day, more women will be contributing to our military than ever,” said Duckworth. “They are serving with distinction in Afghanistan and at duty posts around the world. They are serving in combat positions that were just opened to them. Women are an irreplaceable piece of the strongest and most capable military in the world. Mothers in the military inevitably face separation from their children when they are deployed and serving our nation around the globe. Extending maternity leave for these women is the least we can do for those who sacrifice so much for our country.”

“For working moms, going back to work after having a child is one of the most difficult days,” said Rep. Noem.  “But when you put on fatigues instead of a business suit and return to a military base halfway around the world instead of an office around the corner, that day can be even more difficult.   Extending maternity leave and offering more time to recover from childbirth is the least we can do for these mothers who have not only made sacrifices for our children, but for their entire country.”