Senate GOP unveils ‘working families’ agenda ahead of midterms

Senate GOP unveils ‘working families’ agenda ahead of midterms
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Senate Republicans on Wednesday rolled out their own policy agenda for middle-class voters in an effort to counter the Senate Democrats’ 2014 platform, “A Fair Shot for Everyone.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPoll: 63 percent disapprove of Trump's handling of healthcare Schumer to Trump: Meet with Democrats on healthcare House chairman calls on Senate to redo Russia sanctions bill before recess MORE (Ky.) led a news conference Wednesday morning to unveil GOP solutions for working families.

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The campaign-year initiative consists of six bills designed to retrain mid-career workers, give families more flexibility and provide tax breaks for home offices that include baby cribs.

“Some of our members wanted to come together today to talk about some Republican proposals that could immediately be acted upon to improve the lives of working families who are struggling in the Obama economy,” McConnell told reporters.

McConnell on Wednesday introduced the Working Parents Home Office Act, which would allow parents to deduct costs associated with a home office that has a baby crib. Current law disallows a deduction if there is a crib in the office while the parent is working.

“These are just the kinds of things that could make a difference in people’s lives now,” he said.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP senator on resolving healthcare differences: 'Even porcupines make love' The Memo: Trump faces enormous test with healthcare bill Overnight Finance: GOP divided over welfare cuts in budget | Lawmaker loses M on pharma stock he pitched | Yellen says another financial crisis unlikely in our lifetimes MORE (R-Maine) has introduced the Forty Hours is Full Time Act, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s 30-hour workweek rule.

Sen. Tim ScottTim ScottIs Senate ObamaCare repeal bill too mean? The Hill's Whip List: GOP undecided, 'no' votes pile up on ObamaCare repeal bill Lawmakers celebrate National Selfie Day on Twitter MORE (R-S.C.) has introduced legislation, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act, to reform the federal government’s Jobs Corps and other adult education and vocational rehabilitation programs.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioNew Alexandra Pelosi documentary brings together GOP, Dem members Senators urge Trump to do right thing with arms sales to Taiwan Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy MORE (R-Fla.) offered the Raise Act, which would amend the National Labor Relations Act to allow employers to give merit-based raises to employees even if those compensation increases are not part of collective bargaining agreements.

Sen. Deb FischerDeb FischerIvanka Trump turns to House GOP on paid family leave GOP senators pleased with Ivanka Trump meeting on family leave, child tax credits McCain threatens to block Trump's deputy Defense nominee MORE (R-Neb.) has endorsed an alternative to the Democrats’ Paycheck Fairness Act. It includes language to prevent employers from retaliating against workers who discuss or inquire about their salaries. It also would not raise caps on punitive damages that employees may seek in courts, a key provision of the Democratic bill.

Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeGOP senator on resolving healthcare differences: 'Even porcupines make love' The Memo: Trump faces enormous test with healthcare bill Three more GOP senators announce opposition to healthcare bill MORE (R-Utah) is pushing the Working Families Flexibility Act. It would let employers offer workers the option of comp time or overtime pay. It would require employers to establish written agreements allowing employees to choose the option that best fits their needs.