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Courtney helps pass Bill to extend break time & space protections for nursing Moms at the workplace

Submitted by Patrick Cassidy.

(Friday, Oct. 22, 2021) WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) voted to pass the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (H.R. 3110). The bipartisan bill would help ensure that nursing mothers are provided ample time and space to pump and breastfeed at work in order to keep themselves and their babies healthy. As a senior member of the House Education and Labor Committee, Courtney supported H.R. 3110 and helped prepare it for House passage today when he voted to pass the bill out of Committee on May 26th. The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act was introduced with bipartisan co-sponsors, and passed the House today with support from both sides of the aisle in a 276-149 vote.

“There are thousands of working moms all across eastern Connecticut, and in just about every industry you could think of—from our shipbuilders and engineers, to our farmers, medical professionals, and many more,” said Congressman Courtney. “Their families and our economy depend on their work, and while we’re still getting back to full speed, we need to be asking ourselves how we can make it easier for working moms to continue being part of the labor force. For thousands of working women and their families, ensuring nursing moms have ample time and space to pump during the day is a simple, but important way to provide that help. The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act is about supporting strong moms, strong families, and a strong economy. Proud to help pass this bill today, and glad to see it done on a strong bipartisan basis.”

The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act would extend break time and space protections to more working mothers in America, help ensure that employees are able to recover appropriate forms of relief from employers, including reinstatement or back pay, if their rights are denied.

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