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Ivanka Trump is hearing proposals to amend the White House family leave plan

By WITW Staff on June 12, 2017

A family leave plan outlined in Donald Trump’s budget proposal suggested six-weeks paid time-off for all new mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents. But according to The Associated Press, the White House is open to revising the policy, and Ivanka Trump recently met with a bipartisan group of experts to discuss possible amendments.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of and adviser to the President, has been advocating for federally-mandated family leave since her father hit the campaign trail. The proposal currently on the table requires states to finance paid leave through unemployment insurance programs, and by adjusting their tax structures — which would in turn result in higher taxes on businesses.

Democrats and Republicans alike have raised concerns about placing such a financial burden on states, and some critics have pointed out that the plan does not include any benefits for those who care for sick relatives.

In the face of such criticism, Trump participated in a meeting to discuss potential improvements. “She said that [the plan] was just a placeholder or a stake in the ground and they’re open to other ideas,” Isabel Sawhill, a scholar at the Brookings Institution who presented Trump with an alternative proposal, told the AP.

No matter what form the plan takes, it will likely face an uphill battle on its journey through Republican-led Congress. This is the first time that a Republican administration has proposed a paid family leave policy, and many within the party favor curtailing government intervention. On Monday morning, Ivanka Trump appeared on Fox & Friends for a lengthy interview during which a host of topics were discussed. However, during the nearly 13-minute conversation, the first daughter and special advisor to the president barely discussed women’s issues, only glossing over the disparity of women and men working in STEM fields, and not even talking about paid family leave at all. Watch part one and part two of that interview.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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