Gillibrand offers to 'sit down' with Trump to discuss family leave

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees The FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot MORE (D-N.Y.) said she would welcome the opportunity to sit down with President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE regarding legislation providing paid family leave.

"I will sit down with any Republican who wants to talk about a paid leave plan including President Trump," Gillibrand said at a press conference, according to the Washington Examiner. "That’s an invitation."


Gillibrand entered her name as a 2020 presidential candidate late last month and is pushing the Family and Medical Leave Act that would increase the amount of paid time off an employer must provide when parents have a new child and expand circumstances beyond newborn children when employees could claim paid time off.

"It's a major cause of the wage gap for women, who still take on the lion's share of responsibility," Gillibrand said.

During the press conference, Gillibrand reportedly took a shot at Trump, saying he has mentioned paid family leave before but "doesn't actually try to pass a real paid leave bill."

Gillibrand added that she and the bill’s co-sponsor Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroAmerican workers need us to get this pandemic under control around the world Democrats press Biden to step up fight against domestic hunger A permanent Child Tax Credit expansion will yield dividends to taxpayers MORE (D-Conn.) met with Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe Mary Trump doesn't see her cousins connecting with GOP Rubio: Biden's new child allowance is 'first step toward a universal basic income' MORE to discuss the issue.

Ivanka Trump, who serves as an advisor to her father President Trump, is reportedly set to meet with Republican lawmakers this week as they plan to introduce legislation of their own.

Currently, primary caregivers are guaranteed 12 weeks time off from employers to care for a new child, but the leave does not have to be paid.

Gillibrand’s bill would require employees to receive 66 percent of their regular earnings up to $4,000 a month when taking extended leave.