Ivanka Trump to meet with GOP senators to discuss paid family leave legislation
White House adviser Ivanka Trump on Wednesday will meet with GOP senators to discuss bipartisan support for paid family leave legislation.
Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) will meet with Trump, according to a Republican Senate aide.
The meetings follow the reintroduction of a bill to guarantee universal paid family leave by Democrats on Wednesday.
The bill aims to provide workers with a “66 percent wage replacement for up to 12 weeks in the event of a serious personal or family medical emergency,” according to a news release by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
Trump indicated the bill is a step forward.
“It’s encouraging to see members on both sides of the aisle putting forward paid family leave proposals,” she said in a statement. “We finally have bipartisan agreement on the importance of paid leave for working parents. Now we are seeking to build consensus around policy that can garner enough votes to be passed into law.”
Trump has been a supporter of expanding paid leave from work for families.
“Only 15% of American workers have access to Paid Family Leave, and of those, only 6% are low-income workers. This must change,” Trump tweeted over the summer.
Only 15% of American workers have access to Paid Family Leave, and of those, only 6% are low-income workers. This must change. #PFL
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 9, 2018
In August, Rubio introduced a paid parental leave bill to allow new parents to receive social security benefits early if they will delay their social security receipt upon retirement.