The White House on Thursday sought to rally support for paid family leave and child care legislation, with President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money 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 TrumpIvanka TrumpGrisham: Time in Trump administration 'will follow me forever' Grisham: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump saw themselves as 'shadow president and first lady' Grisham says her 'enabling' cost lives during pandemic 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 RomneyDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema MORE (R-Utah), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' Tim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter MORE (R-Fla.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDemocrat Mike Franken launches challenge to Grassley in Iowa Trump heads to Iowa as 2024 chatter grows Photos of the Week: Manchin, California oil spill and a podium dog MORE (R-Iowa) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyKelly raises million in third quarter Ruben Gallego is left's favorite to take on Sinema Texas not hiring private contractor for election audit MORE (R-Ariz.) were among the attendees at Thursday's event. Reps. Joe CunninghamJoseph Cunningham'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection Top cyber Pentagon official overseeing defense contractor project placed on leave Joe Cunningham to enter race for South Carolina governor 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 WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Mass.) previously introduced legislation that would establish universal child care.
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - US opens to vaccinated visitors as FDA panel discusses boosters Tucker Carlson mocks Buttigieg over paternity leave 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 BookerDefense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Senators preview bill to stop tech giants from prioritizing their own products Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' 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."