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

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandWarren set to announce plan for universal child care: reports Senate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up MORE (D-N.Y.) said she would welcome the opportunity to sit down with President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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 DeLauroPush for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 Gillibrand offers to 'sit down' with Trump to discuss family leave Key lawmaker says moment is now for legislation benefiting women MORE (D-Conn.) met with Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpFour names emerge for UN position: report Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' On The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration 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.