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GOP senators pleased with Ivanka Trump meeting on family leave, child tax credits

GOP senators pleased with Ivanka Trump meeting on family leave, child tax credits
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Republicans senators lauded a Tuesday meeting on Capitol Hill with Ivanka Trump that included conversations about paid family leave.

Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOwners of meatpacker JBS to pay 0M fine over foreign bribery charges Questions raised about conflicts of interest around Biden son-in-law America needs an industrial policy — now more than ever MORE (R-Fla.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerGOP senators pan debate: 'S---show,' 'awful,' 'embarrassment' Hillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections Google, Apple, eBay to meet virtually with lawmakers for tech group's annual fly-in MORE (R-Neb.), who have emerged as leading GOP voices on the issue of paid family leave, spearheaded the meeting with Trump, a senior White House adviser and first daughter.

“It’s so important to have Ivanka Trump use her platform to shine a light on the challenges working families face,” Fischer said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with her on a way forward with policy solutions that can make a difference.”

While the meeting included conversations about paid family leave -- one of Trump's top issues -- it was focused on expanding the Child Tax Credit as part of Republican efforts on tax reform. 

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“It was a very positive meeting about the Child Tax Credit,” one Senate GOP aid told The Hill. “Ivanka was well briefed, engaged, and supportive.”

Other lawmakers who took part in the meeting included Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottLiberals should embrace Trump's Supreme Court nominee Romney slams Trump for refusing to denounce QAnon on national television Graham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' MORE (R-S.C.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTed Cruz won't wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Barrett fight puts focus on abortion in 2020 election MORE (R-Utah), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Reps. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.), David SchweikertDavid SchweikertThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by the Walton Family Foundation - Why Pelosi set a 48-hour deadline for a coronavirus relief deal The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump combative, Biden earnest during distanced TV duel MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas) were also in attendance. 

Rubio thanked Ivanka Trump for the meeting, noting the emphasis on tax reform in their conversation.

“.@IvankaTrump, thank you for a great meeting to share ideas about how we best can do #taxreform to benefit American working families,” Rubio said in a tweet.

 

 

Scott also tweeted about the meeting.

 

 

The issue of paid family leave is one Ivanka Trump has been focused on within her father’s White House, despite the fact that it stands in contrast to the views of many conservative lawmakers. 

She was reportedly behind a push for the president to mention the policy issue in his February joint address to Congress, when Trump ultimately said he wants to “help ensure new parents have paid family leave.”

While the Trump Administration has pushed for six weeks of paid family leave as part of unemployment benefits in its recent budget proposal, a bill put forth earlier this year by Fischer and Sen. Angus KingAngus KingFederal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Hopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise MORE (I-Maine) would include a tax credit to motivate businesses to provide families with as many as 12 weeks of paid family leave each year.

Ivanka Trump after speaking with the senators said on Twitter that the meeting was “productive."

“Just left a productive meeting on the Hill to discuss issues affecting American working families, including childcare & paid family leave!” she said.