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

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration 2020 Dems call on Mueller to testify about redacted report 2020 Dems blast Barr's defense of Trump before Mueller report's release MORE (D-N.Y.) said she would welcome the opportunity to sit down with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction 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 DeLauroDemocratic proposals to overhaul health care: A 2020 primer Progressives threaten to derail major Dem spending proposal GOP on defensive over Dem votes on policies geared toward women MORE (D-Conn.) met with Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump mourns dead in Ethiopian jet crash 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.