President Obama said the U.S. should offer paid maternity leave to new mothers.
"Work gives us a sense of place and dignity as well as income and it is critically important," Obama said at the White House Summit on Working Families. "But family is also the bedrock of our lives and we don't want a society in which folks are having to make a choice between those two things."
The National Post reported that Obama pointed out that nearly every other industrialized country has paid maternity leave. For example, French women receive 16 weeks paid leave and that increases to 26 weeks for a third child.
Let us know what you think: Is this an issue government should tackle? Should we pay for such a benefit through a payroll tax as DeLauro suggests or should we simply mandate companies to offer the benefit? What do you think?