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Texas Rep. Colin Allred shakes hands as he arrives for an early voting rally for Joe Biden on Feb. 22, 2020. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

With Father's Day on Sunday, a Texas lawmaker is renewing calls for guaranteed paid parental leave, per CBS News.

The big picture: Democratic Rep. Colin Allred, a former NFL linebacker and father of two, is a firm advocate for guaranteed paid parental leave, which is currently offered for new dads at just 9% of companies nationwide, per CBS.

  • The United States is one of just two countries along with Papua New Guinea that does not guarantee paid parental leave to men or women, according to CBS.
  • President Obama, President Trump and President Biden have all supported paid parental leave, but have not implemented policy surrounding the issue.
  • Biden has proposed providing 12 weeks of paid family leave under the American Families Plan, but has not been able to garner bipartisan support to pass the measure.

What he's saying: "You know, that's one of the things I think makes you feel so frustrated with Washington, in general, is that you can have a lot of agreement around something, but still it's very difficult to get anything done and to get it through and to become law," Allred said, according to CBS.

Driving the news: Allred, who took two weeks off from his congressional duties in 2019 to be with his newborn baby, was the first member of Congress to announce his paternity leave, per CBS.

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State Department: Roughly 350 Americans still want to leave Afghanistan

Afghans, hoping to leave Afghanistan, queue at the main entrance gate of Kabul airport in Kabul on August 28, 2021. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

Approximately 350 U.S. citizens who wish to leave Afghanistan are still in the country, the State Department said on Saturday.

Driving the news: Of the remaining individuals, some are believed to be nearly or already out of the country, per the State Department.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
1 hour ago - Health

Public health messaging lessons for the next pandemic

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

"Be first, be right, be credible" is the mantra of public health experts in a crisis. It's difficult to argue that the health community has regularly managed to be any of those three during COVID-19.

Why it matters: A pandemic isn't just a medical emergency — it's also a communications emergency. The U.S. public health establishment, hamstrung by bad data and political interference, has struggled with the latter.

How Hertz is fighting to stay relevant

A Hertz car rental counter in the Miami International Airport. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In the span of less than a week, Hertz has made three big strategic moves intended to keep the car rental giant from fading into oblivion.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing and other mobility innovations are rapidly changing the way people get from A to B, posing an existential threat to traditional car rental services.