GOP senators pleased with Ivanka Trump meeting on family leave, child tax credits

GOP senators pleased with Ivanka Trump meeting on family leave, child tax credits
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Republicans senators lauded a Tuesday meeting on Capitol Hill with Ivanka Trump that included conversations about paid family leave.

Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio: Trump's remarks on Russian election meddling 'not accurate' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Scottish beer company offering ‘tiny cans’ for Trump’s ‘tiny hands’ MORE (R-Fla.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE The real reason Scott Pruitt is gone: Putting a key voting bloc at risk Ernst, Fischer to square off for leadership post MORE (R-Neb.), who have emerged as leading GOP voices on the issue of paid family leave, spearheaded the meeting with Trump, a senior White House adviser and first daughter.

“It’s so important to have Ivanka Trump use her platform to shine a light on the challenges working families face,” Fischer said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with her on a way forward with policy solutions that can make a difference.”

While the meeting included conversations about paid family leave -- one of Trump's top issues -- it was focused on expanding the Child Tax Credit as part of Republican efforts on tax reform. 

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“It was a very positive meeting about the Child Tax Credit,” one Senate GOP aid told The Hill. “Ivanka was well briefed, engaged, and supportive.”

Other lawmakers who took part in the meeting included Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs Congress should prioritize diversity so government reflects Americans MORE (R-S.C.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (R-Utah), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Reps. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksJordan weathering political storm, but headwinds remain Freedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights Eric Schneiderman and #MeToo pose challenges for both parties MORE (R-Ariz.), David SchweikertDavid SchweikertMembers of Congress demand new federal gender pay audit Republican candidate favored in Arizona special House election Ryan leaves legacy of tax cuts and deficits MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas) were also in attendance. 

Rubio thanked Ivanka Trump for the meeting, noting the emphasis on tax reform in their conversation.

“.@IvankaTrump, thank you for a great meeting to share ideas about how we best can do #taxreform to benefit American working families,” Rubio said in a tweet.

 

 

Scott also tweeted about the meeting.

 

 

The issue of paid family leave is one Ivanka Trump has been focused on within her father’s White House, despite the fact that it stands in contrast to the views of many conservative lawmakers. 

She was reportedly behind a push for the president to mention the policy issue in his February joint address to Congress, when Trump ultimately said he wants to “help ensure new parents have paid family leave.”

While the Trump Administration has pushed for six weeks of paid family leave as part of unemployment benefits in its recent budget proposal, a bill put forth earlier this year by Fischer and Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingHillicon Valley: Hacker tried to sell military docs on dark web | Facebook fined over Cambridge Analytica | US closer to lifting ZTE ban | Trump, Obama lose followers in Twitter purge | DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger Senators press federal election officials on state cybersecurity 'Paws for Celebration' event brings rescue animals to the Capitol MORE (I-Maine) would include a tax credit to motivate businesses to provide families with as many as 12 weeks of paid family leave each year.

Ivanka Trump after speaking with the senators said on Twitter that the meeting was “productive."

“Just left a productive meeting on the Hill to discuss issues affecting American working families, including childcare & paid family leave!” she said.