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Hillary Clinton Jumps At The Chance To Defend Paid Leave Laws | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) South Africa United Kingdom United States NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED Hawaii OWN Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses POLITICS Hillary Clinton Jumps At The Chance To Defend Paid Leave Laws She's been talking it up lately. 10/13/2015 11:25 pm ET | Updated Oct 14, 2015 Jonathan Cohn Senior National Correspondent, The Huffington Post Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a textbook, factually correct defense of paid family leave and medical leave laws during Tuesday night's Democratic debate. CNN’s Dana Bash asked Clinton about the subject, pressing her on Republican Carly Fiorina’s claim that requiring corporations to provide paid leave will hurt businesses and the economy. Clinton responded that it was a strange claim for Fiorina to make, given that Fiorina comes from California -- a state that has had a paid leave law in effect for 10 years. And the California law has worked well, by nearly all accounts. Last year, an  assessment  commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor found that -- thanks to the paid leave law -- many more low-income parents were able to take leave. They were better off and so were the kids. And it all happened without ill effects on the economy. In 2014, during a televised CNN interview, Clinton said she wasn’t sure paid family leave was “politically feasible,” even though she was a longtime supporter. Lately, though, she’s been talking it up -- making it a centerpiece of her campaign. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supports it too, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) championing the cause on Capitol Hill. And the Republicans? Like Fiorina, they oppose anything that actually requires corporations to provide leave -- favoring, instead, tax incentives that few experts think would make much difference. For the latest updates on tonight's debate, visit  our liveblog . Related: The Best Moments From The First Democratic Primary Debate GOP Candidates Mock Democratic Presidential Debate Climate Change Gets Its Due In The Democratic Debate Bernie Sanders: Americans Are Sick Of Hearing About Hillary Clinton's 'Damn Emails' The Future Democratic Presidential Nominee Thinks Black Lives Matter* Mike Huckabee Got Pretty Racist While Live-Tweeting The Dem Debate Hillary Clinton Hesitates On Expanding Social Security Also on HuffPost: Democratic Debate 2016 Democratic Debate 2016 1 of 18 Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Share this slide: ASSOCIATED PRESS More: Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton Paid Leave Paid Leave Laws Elections 2016 2016 Election Suggest a correction Comments Close SUBSCRIBE TO & FOLLOW TRUMP'S FIRST 100 DAYS How will Donald Trump’s first 100 days impact YOU? Subscribe, choose the community that you most identify with or want to learn more about and we’ll send you the news that matters most once a week throughout Trump’s first 100 days in office. Learn more Newsletter 1.95 M 1.01 M 459 K Podcast Add us on Snapchat Hillary Clinton Jumps At The Chance To Defend Paid Leave Laws NEW! HIGHLIGHT AND SHARE Highlight text to share via Facebook and Twitter CONVERSATIONS Advertise RSS Careers FAQ User Agreement Privacy Comment Policy About Us About Our Ads Contact Us Archive Copyright © 2016 TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.    "The Huffington Post" is a registered trademark of TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. All rights reserved. Part of HuffPost • HPMG News