Members of the House have rejected a move to honor employer efforts to help employees balance work and family obligations.
H.R. 4855, the Work-Life Balance Act bill, would have created a new U.S. Labor Department award program to recognize outstanding employer work-life balance programs.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., had support from employer groups and benefits groups. House Democratic leaders put the bill on a list of uncontroversial bills that can reach the floor easily but need a two-thirds majority to pass.
The bill failed 249-163.