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 TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' 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.

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The event came as part of a concerted push, spearheaded by Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump says first lady tested negative for coronavirus Pence says he will be tested for coronavirus Rush, Trish and left-leaning media: Is it opinion or news reporting? 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.

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Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney7 things to know about the coronavirus stimulus package Scarborough rips Trump for mocking Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'Could have been a death sentence' Trump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' MORE (R-Utah), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio knocks coverage of US coronavirus cases as 'grotesque' and 'bad journalism Lessons from the front line — Florida's fight with sea level rise SNAP, airlines among final hurdles to coronavirus stimulus deal MORE (R-Fla.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstCampaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried Ernst calls for public presidential campaign funds to go to masks, protective equipment MORE (R-Iowa) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyNew bill would withhold pay from Senate until coronavirus stimulus package passes Senate GOP super PAC books more than million in fall ads Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried MORE (R-Ariz.) were among the attendees at Thursday's event. Reps. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamCapitol Police officer tests positive for coronavirus Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing 16 things to know for today about coronavirus 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 WarrenBiden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging MORE (D-Mass.) previously introduced legislation that would establish universal child care.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' 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 BookerDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men 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."