Reid knocks Paul Ryan on family leave
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid warns Trump 'can be reelected' Homeland Security Republican accuses Navy of withholding UFO info Poll: 47 percent back limits on Senate filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) slammed House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE (R-Wis.) on Tuesday for opposing a paid leave law while demanding that he keep his family time despite taking the House's top spot.  

"Speaker Ryan sets a more family-friendly work schedule for himself, but he is blocking legislation that would provide the bare minimum in paid leave to hardworking Americans," the Democratic leader said from the Senate floor. "Before we worry about ourselves, we should worry about the millions of Americans who can't get a day off work to care for a sick child." 
 
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Reid's remarks come after Ryan told House Republicans that he would spend his weekends with his family in Wisconsin, putting distance between himself and former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Scaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' MORE (R-Ohio), who frequently spent that time fundraising. 
 
The move got Ryan pushback from progressives, who criticized the Wisconsin Republican for dismissing the need for a paid family leave law. 
 
Reid added on Tuesday that while politicians repeatedly talk about family values, "right now we need more than talk." 
 
"We need members of Congress to step to the plate and help working families," he added. 
 
Ryan's push for weekends at home also earned him criticism from some House Republicans. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told McClatchy last month that while he understood Ryan's effort, "there are a lot of 9 to 5 jobs and speaker is not one of those."
 
But Reid, on Tuesday, called any criticism of Ryan's decision "wrong," adding, "He wants to spend more time with his family. I applaud him for that."