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Ivanka Trump is ramping up paid family leave push with White House summit

Francesca Chambers, McClatchy Washington Bureau on

Published in Business News

The FAMILY Act bill, which guarantees 12 weeks of paid leave, offers workers up to $4,000 a month. The lawmakers propose to pay for it with a 0.2% tax on wages. They estimate the program would cost $4 a week per worker on average and costs would be shared by companies and their employees.

White House aides said the administration is open to any of the paid family leave proposals currently circulating on Capitol Hill. "Nothing is off the table from the White House," one aide said.

Gillibrand's office confirmed that the senator and her staff had met with Ivanka Trump.

"The senator is hopeful that the White House will start taking a real interest in moving forward on an effective paid family leave proposal to help all workers," a Gillibrand spokeswoman said.

Sen. Mitt Romney has also introduced paid leave legislation alongside fellow Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Michigan and Rep. Ann Wagnor of Missouri.

Their bill would allow parents to access their Social Security benefits early to offset missed wages while on family leave. That effort has not attracted Democratic support.

Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, told McClatchy: "I'm happy to work with Republicans, including those in the White House, to make paid family leave a reality. Thus far, however, despite positive rhetoric, I've yet to see many on the Republican side make this a priority."

 

The White House said it is open to any of the paid family leave proposals currently circulating on Capitol Hill and just wants the issue to move forward. "Much of anything is better than zero weeks (paid) right now. So that's why nothing is off the table," one aide said.

"We're coming up against an election. It becomes really hard to get things done," another White House aide said. "We're hopeful that they will come together soon."

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