Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump attended the White House summit on childcare and paid leave on Thursday, an issue she has pushed for bipartisan support since President Donald Trump took office.
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Ivanka helped launch the White House Summit in an effort to address this gap. The summit on Thursday included panels of business leaders who support paid leave and lawmakers who have introduced bills to assemble a national policy. Sens. Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney and Joni Ernst, who all attended the summit, have introduced proposals in the last year that would give new parents the option to delay or reduce their eventual Social Security benefits in exchange for one to three months off when they first have or adopt a child.
“We want the United States to be the best place in the world to live, to work, and to raise a family,” Ivanka announced triumphantly to a small crowd of Administration staffers, Members of Congress, and families at the White House’s inaugural “Summit on Child Care and Paid Parental Leave” on Thursday morning. “We have come together today because we have a historic chance to pass paid family leave and childcare reform so that every American family has the freedom to embrace the dignity of work and the joy of raising a family. Our vision is to give each parent the resources and support they need to make the best choice for their families.
President Trump was also in attendance and thanked Ivanka for spearheading this issue.
“I want to thank Ivanka. And from the very beginning, it’s been an extraordinary,” President Trump said. “She has been so extraordinary, in terms of her advocacy for America’s working families. Fourteen million people she’s gotten jobs for, where she would go into Walmart, she would go into our great companies and say, ‘They really want help. They really want you to teach them,’ because the government can’t teach like the companies can teach. And companies would take a half a million people, a million people.”
President Trump added, “As Ivanka announced earlier this morning, the White House released our Principles for Child Care Reform. Our goal is simple: We want to expand child care options and reduce unnecessary regulations so that parents can choose the best care for their children, including, and very importantly, in-home and faith-based care.”
Congress had reached an agreement to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave to the government’s 2.1 million federal employees. The $3.3 billion provision, embedded in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), passed the House on Wednesday and is anticipated to pass in the Senate next week.
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