White House makes push for paid family leave and child care reform

White House makes push for paid family leave and child care reform
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The White House on Thursday sought to rally support for paid family leave and child care legislation, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE throwing his support behind the issue.

Members of Congress, governors and business leaders all met at the White House to argue for the importance of the issue and the need for improvements to federal programs.

Officials have said they are hopeful the discussion will spur movement on bipartisan legislation to aid working families.


The event came as part of a concerted push, spearheaded by Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump, Biden vie for Minnesota Trump luxury properties have charged US government .1M since inauguration: report Ivana Trump: Ivanka could 'definitely' be first female president MORE, to bring child care and family leave to the forefront as Democrats running for president are doing the same.

The president expressed optimism that Congress could come together to pass legislation that includes paid family leave and expanded access to child care, likening it to the criminal justice reform bill that was passed a year ago.

“With this administration, you get the rewards. With other administrations it never worked," he said. "But we get it done. They may like me, they may not, but we get it done.”

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a senior White House adviser, said Thursday morning that the White House's key principles for potential legislation would focus on removing regulations that she said limited a family's options when assessing child care choices.

"We have a historic chance to pass paid family leave and child care reform so that every American family has the freedom to embrace the dignity of work and the joy of raising a family," she said.


Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP set to release controversial Biden report McConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Will Republicans' rank hypocrisy hinder their rush to replace Ginsburg? MORE (R-Utah), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Florida senators pushing to keep Daylight Savings Time during pandemic Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll MORE (R-Fla.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstPoll shows tight Senate race in Iowa Will Republicans' rank hypocrisy hinder their rush to replace Ginsburg? Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day MORE (R-Iowa) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyMcConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Will Republicans' rank hypocrisy hinder their rush to replace Ginsburg? Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE (R-Ariz.) were among the attendees at Thursday's event. Reps. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamWarning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report GOP leader says he doesn't want Chamber's endorsement: 'They have sold out' MORE (D-S.C.) and Colin Allred (D-Texas) also attended.

The White House summit came one day after the House overwhelmingly approved an annual defense policy bill that, if signed into law, would give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to federal workers.

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls have rolled out proposals addressing child care costs as they seek the nomination to challenge President Trump in the 2020 election.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGOP set to release controversial Biden report Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (D-Mass.) previously introduced legislation that would establish universal child care.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE last month detailed an economic plan that would make early learning and child care through age 5 free for low-income families.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility MORE's (D-N.J.) campaign released a plan in October to expand the child tax credit and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in a push to end childhood poverty.

Thursday's summit came as the House Judiciary Committee prepared to advance articles of impeachment against the president. Trump spent much of the morning tweeting and retweeting messages critical of Democrats and ripping the proceedings in the House.

He joked at the outset of his remarks that he cleared his schedule to attend Thursday's summit at his daughter's request.

"I had a very busy time and a very busy day, and my daughter said, 'you will be here,' " Trump quipped. "So that was the end of that busy day."