Last year, as part of the Women's Economic Security Act (WESA), the Minnesota legislature expanded unpaid parental leave for parents.
The votes against the legislation by Senators Dan Hall, Paul Gazelka, Roger Chamberlain and Branden Petersen are incorporated in a hilariously scathing "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" segment on paid family leave.
Oliver prefaces the no votes with excerpts from a Happy Mother's Day - Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus (MNSRC) a Youtube released in 2014.
Yes. That's right. The very year the senators voted against allowing parents more unpaid time off to care for their newborns.
But there's more. Legislation introduced this year to provide paid leave stalled in the divided legislature. House Minority Leader Thissen described the package in a press release issued in February, House and Senate DFL Leaders Unveil Working Parents Act.
Here's the episode. Forward to the 8:54 point:
Screengrab: The four horsemen of the Mother's Day Hypocrisy, via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
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