Rubio on push for paid family leave: ‘We still have to work on members of my own party’

Rubio on push for paid family leave: ‘We still have to work on members of my own party’
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-Fla.) is working with Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico 2020 is not a family affair, for a change MORE to craft a paid family leave plan that will appeal to fellow Republicans, Politico reported Sunday.

“We still have to work on members of my own party. I think there will be significant initial resistance to it, because it’s just not an issue that’s been identified with the Republican Party,” Rubio told the news outlet.

Rubio is reportedly considering a plan that would allow people to dip into Social Security benefits to take time off. Such a proposal would address concerns of Republicans who don’t want to raise taxes to pay for family leave.

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Rubio is still in the early stages of crafting a paid family leave package, according to Politico.

Rubio and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill Antitrust enforcers in turf war over Big Tech Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan MORE (R-Utah) have sought feedback from the president's eldest daughter on their ideas for a family leave program, Politico reported. 

Trump, who serves as a senior adviser to the president, outlined her support for paid family leave in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last month. She argued a national paid-leave program would be “an investment in America’s working families” that would spur the economy and benefit women in particular.

Members of both parties have recently put forth legislation to provide paid family leave, but they have been unable to reach consensus on the details of such a bill.