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

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage MORE (D-N.Y.) said she would welcome the opportunity to sit down with President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller 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 Luisa DeLauroTrump faces new hit on deficit Top Democrats call for administration to rescind child migrant information sharing policy Democrats talk up tax credits to counter Trump law MORE (D-Conn.) met with Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump steps up attacks on 'Squad' after post-rally furor Trump says he doesn't care if attacks on 'Squad' hurt him politically EXCLUSIVE: Career officials rebut claims of White House interference in security clearance process 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.