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
© Greg Nash

Republicans senators lauded a Tuesday meeting on Capitol Hill with Ivanka Trump that included conversations about paid family leave.

Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump may intervene in Pentagon cloud-computing contract: report Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US Colombian official urges more help for Venezuelan migrants MORE (R-Fla.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerOn The Money: Labor secretary under fire over Epstein plea deal | Trump defends Acosta as Dems call for ouster | Biden releases tax returns showing steep rise in income | Tech giants to testify at House antitrust hearing GOP senators decline to criticize Acosta after new Epstein charges The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle 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 ScottSanford calls for 'overdue conversation' on debt as he mulls Trump challenge The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE (R-S.C.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeFirst responder calls senators blocking 9/11 victim funding 'a--holes' Jon Stewart rips into Rand Paul after he blocks 9/11 victim compensation fund: 'An abomination' Senate approves long-delayed tax treaties in win for business 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 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill House ethics panel renews probes into three GOP lawmakers 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 Stanley KingOvernight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid 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.