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Ivanka Trump courts conservatives with paid parental leave proposal

Ivanka Trump is reportedly working to garner support for a bill that would require companies to provide new parents with paid maternity and paternity leave. According to USA Today, Trump has been traveling around the country to court support for the bill among conservatives. While some, such as GOP Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only African-American Republican in the Senate, have expressed excitement about the possibility, others, such as Penny Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, have been less enthused. When Ivanka pitched the idea of paid leave to Nance as a “pro-life” idea, Nance reportedly expressed concerns that paid parental leave would somehow “make it more difficult for women to be hired and to be promoted.”

Representative Mimi Walters, a California Republican, is reportedly attempting to get Ivanka to support a bill to provide incentives to businesses that give paid parental leave rather than imposing mandates. On the other side of the aisle, Representative Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat, hopes to convince the first daughter to endorse a bill that provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave to new parents, as well as those with personal or family health issues.

Speaking to USA Today reporter Eliza Collins, who has followed the first daughter and White House adviser on her tour around the nation, Ivanka says that Democrats have so far criticized the plans she’s presented as not far reaching enough, so she’s focusing for now on trying to garner conservative support. Whether she’ll be able to succeed, however, remains to be seen.

In the below video, watch Eliza Collins discuss her travels with the eldest child of President Trump.

Read the full story at USA Today.


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