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 RubioHillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Huawei says inclusion on US trade blacklist is in 'no one's interest' Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran MORE (R-Fla.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerCongress readies for battle over nuclear policy Trump's pursuit of infrastructure deal hits GOP roadblock Why America needs the ability to track enemy missiles from space 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 ScottSenate confirms controversial 9th Circuit pick without blue slips Spicer defends Trump's White House correspondents dinner boycott GOP senators dismiss Booker reparations proposal MORE (R-S.C.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeFrustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran Congress can expand paid leave and help workers save with bipartisan support Export-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations 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 SchweikertHouse ethics panel renews probes into three GOP lawmakers House Ethics Committee extends probe of Arizona GOP lawmaker On The Money: Trump trade chief sees tough work ahead on China | Cohen offers gripping testimony | Tells lawmakers Trump inflated assets | Deduction cap could hit 11 million taxpayers | Senate confirms top IRS lawyer 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 KingThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems raise stakes with talk of 'constitutional crisis' Hillicon Valley: Regulators press Congress on privacy bill | Americans mimic Russian disinformation tactics ahead of 2020 | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders back Uber strike | GOP senator targets 'manipulative' video games Sen King, Rep Gallagher to chair bipartisan commission to defend US in cyberspace 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.