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AOC: Dogs Get More Time With Puppies Than Mothers Do With Newborns

For her remarks on paid parental leave, Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (affectionately known as AOC) turned to what humans can relate to most: dogs.

In a House Oversight and Reform Committee on paid family and medical leave, the fourth-most tweeted about politician in the world compared what the United States offers to new parents to the time span a puppy stays with its mother.

“Six weeks. Do we know how long puppies are allowed to stay with their mothers after a dog has given birth?” Ocasio-Cortez said.

The number is six weeks—a whole two weeks longer than what a fraction of Americans currently get. That’s if new parents can even get access to paid leave. In the hearing, AOC brought up the statistic that 80 percent of U.S. families do not even have access to paid parental leave and reiterated that new parents deserve dignity.

“So the market has decided that women and people who give birth deserve less time with their children than a dog,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think that that, at its core, has shown that the market has failed to treat people with dignity and basic respect. So when that happens, I think it’s our job as the public to redefine the rules of society and to treat people who give birth with the dignity they deserve.”

AOC followed up on Twitter after the hearing.

And added she is for six-to-12 months of paid parental leave.

People were quick to call her out on the comparison.

While others appreciated her words.

If it is passed through Congress, the measure would give more than two million federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for their newborn child.

Of course, this is the Trump administration we’re living in, so there’s obviously a catch. In order to move forward with paid parental leave, Space Force must be created as the sixth branch of the military. K.