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Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg is an American politician and Afghanistan War veteran. He served as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 2012 to 2020 and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election. Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University, attending the latter on a Rhodes Scholarship. He was a consultant at the management consulting firm McKinsey from 2007 to 2010. From 2009 to 2017, he was an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He was mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan for seven months in 2014.
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GOP Congresswoman Slammed for Homophobic Dig at Pete Buttigieg

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January 18, 2024All federal workers, including employees of Congress, are eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

That’s the benefit Buttigieg took advantage of when his children developed medical complications.But the decision to do so, in 2021, just months after being confirmed as Secretary of Transportation, has drawn jeers and derision from conservatives, many of whom believe that fathers shouldn’t qualify for parental leave since they do not directly give birth — or, apparently, have any significant role in child-rearing, except when it’s politically convenient to champion “parental rights.”Luna, 34, who gave birth to a son in August, had initially planned to return to Congress soon after giving birth.

In fact, she currently has no childcare and brings her 4-month-old son with her to the Capitol almost every day, according to The New York Times.But she suffered from pre-eclampsia and had to have labor induced, experiencing a difficult delivery and developing an infection, mastitis, that led her doctor to prohibit her from traveling from her home in Florida back to Washington.While she was being treated for her condition, Luna was forced to miss several key votes, including one on a stopgap spending plan to avoid a government shutdown, which she opposed, and the vote to oust Kevin McCarthy from his position as Speaker of the House.

Luna subsequently drafted a bill to grant six weeks of maternity leave to new mothers in Congress and make an exception to rules adopted by the Republican House earlier this year banning proxy voting, which conservatives argue was abused by Democrats when they controlled the House, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.Under the bill, those mothers who have physically given birth would be allowed to vote by proxy.

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