Clinton pushes for more paid time off for workers
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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE on Monday endorsed President Obama’s call for more paid family leave and sick time for workers during a Labor Day speech in Illinois.

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Clinton said she was “very proud” of Obama’s executive order requiring federal contractors provide up to seven days of earned paid sick leave to their employees.

Clinton said that if she’s elected president, she would push for even more benefits for all Americans, including paid family leave, so workers can care for new children or sick relatives.

“There is no doubt that we can create more jobs, but we’ve got to make it easier for people who are caring for babies or caring for relatives to be able to take those jobs,” she said.

In announcing his executive order on federal contractors Monday, Obama pitched it as one of the few steps he can take outside of the Republican-controlled Congress to help expand benefits workers.

Clinton also said that she would need more Democrats in office to do what she wants as president — from sick leave to equal pay for women.

“We can’t just wring our hands and argue about it,” Clinton said of Democrats and Democratic voters. “We’ve got to organize ourselves, and we have make Republicans pay at the polls for treating Americans like second-class citizens.”