The Washington Post reports that Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has "introduced a bill that would provide eight weeks of paid leave to federally employed women after childbirth and five days of paid leave for new fathers. The bill also would provide five days of paid leave to federal employees who adopt children."
Until he compared the Internet to "a series of tubes," Stevens was best known for his advocacy of a $223 million "bridge to nowhere," and for his unwavering loyalty to his constituents in the oil drilling industry.
Just the kind of forward-thinker you'd expect would be pushing for an 8:1 disparity in parental leave policy between men and women. Any more than that, though, and we might as well all be speakin' Ruskie.
[update: as my wife, who is now a federal employee, sagely points out, men's and women's parental leave benefits ARE equal right now at zero.]
Revisiting Parental Leave [washpost.com via wsj]
Men Don't Leave -- The Office [wsj via dt reader rob]