White House, Democrats strike tentative deal to create Space Force in exchange for federal parental leave benefits: report

White House, Democrats strike tentative deal to create Space Force in exchange for federal parental leave benefits: report
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The White House and House Democrats have reportedly reached a tentative deal to authorize the creation of the Space Force, a priority for the Trump administration first outlined in an executive order by the president earlier this year.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Democrats and White House negotiators had struck a bargain that would authorize the creation of the agency in exchange for a policy establishing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers.

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It isn't clear if the plan will be able to win enough Republican support to pass the Senate, according to the Post, but the plan appears to have the backing of both President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' Overnight Health Care: New wave of COVID-19 cases builds in US | Florida to lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, bars | Trump stirs questions with 0 drug coupon plan Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds MORE (D-Calif.), a rare moment of compromise amid the House's impeachment hearings.

“Trump doesn’t like the so-called ‘deep state’ and I doubt that he’s going to bed at night saying, ‘Look what I did for federal workers,’” Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) told the Post. “But it was a trade-off for him. And it’s good policy.”

Parental leave applies to all federal workers, including gay, lesbian and transgender parents, because of federal regulations, though the weeks of paid leave reportedly would not be allowed to be used in addition to existing benefits allowing 12 weeks of unpaid family leave time for federal workers per year.

Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyPelosi, Democrats unveil bills to rein in alleged White House abuses of power Government watchdog recommends creation of White House cyber director position Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE (D-N.Y.), a supporter of expanding paid family leave, told the Post that the deal reached by congressional and White House negotiators was an “incomplete solution, but a significant one.”

“We are one of the only civilized nations in the world that does not provide its workers with paid leave when they have children or care for sick relatives, and I have been working for decades to remedy that,” she added.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.