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President Obama will call to Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year, a senior adviser said Wednesday.

Federal employees will be given at least six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, according to senior White House advisor, Valerie Jarrett.

Obama wants Congress to spend $2.2 billion to help states and cities develop the paid family leave programs.

"As our workforce and our families have continued to evolve over time, too many of our workplaces have failed to keep pace," Jarrett told reporters.

Obama will grant paid leave to employees of the executive branch through a presidential memorandum, a tool similar to an executive order used to direct federal agencies to implement a White House policy. The program will cost $250 million a year and will work by advancing unearned sick time to federal employees. Obama will also call of Congress to do the same for its employees.

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