Opinion Ivanka Trump: Paid family leave is an investment in America's families -- It deserves bipartisan support

18:12  11 july  2018
18:12  11 july  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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Paid family leave enables parents to balance the competing demands of work and family , pursue their careers, and build strong and thriving families . Some 25 years ago, Congress passed, with bipartisan support , the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

Providing a national guaranteed paid - leave program isn’t an entitlement, it ’s an investment in America ’ s working families . President Donald Trump and Stephen Schwarzman speak during a Strategic and Policy Forum in Washington, Feb.

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In September 2016, when then-Republican presidential primary candidate Donald J. Trump called for a national paid family leave plan, pundits called it “a striking departure from GOP orthodoxy.” Indeed it was.

But over the past 21 months, we have witnessed conservatives building a majority in support of this important policy.

In conversations with members of the GOP, there is burgeoning agreement on the intrinsically conservative nature of a national paid family leave plan.

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Ivanka Trump defended her paid leave stance this week in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal. In the op-ed, she said, "Providing a national guaranteed paid - leave program—with a reasonable time limit and benefit cap—isn’t an entitlement, it ’s an investment in America ’ s working

White House adviser Ivanka Trump is teaming up with Sen. Marco Rubio to put together a paid family leave plan. But the GOP plan would be funded using Social Security benefits, something liberals and even conservative policy experts reject.

Social conservatives underscore paid leave as a way to forge more tightly bonded families and protect infants and parents at their most vulnerable.

Fiscal hawks recognize the efficiency of increasing workforce attachment and minimizing government dependence.

And everyone shares the concern for our country’s plummeting fertility rates, now the lowest in history, and the effect that will have on our society and economy at large.

If executed responsibly, paid family leave is targeted government action with the right incentives – designed to increase the independence, health and dignity of our citizens.

Some 25 years ago, Congress passed, with bipartisan support, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. The legislation granted eligible American workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Now we have a historic opportunity to build on this progress.

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Marco Rubio is starting to strategize with Ivanka Trump to win over skeptical Republicans on a traditionally Democratic issue: paid family leave .

A 2012 study found that women who took paid family leave were more likely to be working a year after their child’ s birth than those who didn’t take leave , and The Trump Administration’ s budget includes mandatory six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, an issue that Ivanka has

Without debating the value and merits (of which there are many) of paid leave legislation supported by members of the Republican and Democratic parties, we must recognize their failure to gain majority consensus within or across party lines. Hence, our focus must turn to policy ideas that can secure congressional approval.

Included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is an important provision introduced by Senator Deb Fischer, R-Neb., to incentivize businesses nationwide to offer workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. This business credit of up to 25 percent is a foundational step in achieving a national plan.

But a tax credit alone will not suffice. Republicans are committed to developing a plan for working parents. In working with Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., – chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy – we agreed on the urgent need for earnest bipartisan debate in order to address this issue.

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And from the 2016 Republican convention, when Ivanka Trump spoke of developing a national maternity leave program, she' s been very active on At no point during the 2016 campaign or since the election of Ivanka ' s father have Republicans offered a plan to give Americans paid family leave .

Ivanka Trump , who is also a senior White House adviser, has met with lawmakers to discuss the implementation of a paid family leave program, calling it " an investment in America ' s working families " in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece.

Under Sen. Cassidy’s leadership and in coordination with the White House, his subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday on paid family leave, giving this critical issue real bipartisan momentum for the first time.

No doubt, members of Congress will have diverse opinions about how to structure the policy and how to pay for it. But rather than allowing differences to prevent progress, our lawmakers are coming together to find the best solution.

Republicans are at the table, with sincere interest and rolled-up sleeves, looking for smart policy solutions that will empower American working families.

Paid family leave enables parents to balance the competing demands of work and family, pursue their careers, and build strong and thriving families. It is an investment in the future of our workers, our families, and our country.

As our lawmakers arrive to the negotiating table, let us applaud their efforts, encourage them to reach across the aisle, and create smart and lasting policy that does right by all.

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