Ivanka Trump Might Have Helped Shape Part Of The Federal Budget Plan

While it is well known that Donald Trump is not your average Republican, the president's upcoming budget reportedly contains a program that far more Democrats than Republicans have supported: Paid family leave.

The family leave program could be one, though, that draws interest from Democrats, many of whom have argued for more government support for young families, particularly low-income mothers. She encouraged her father to include mandatory paid maternity leave in his campaign platform.

"[The Trump proposal] will exclude too many people and won't give people enough money or time", she said. Fortunately, success in Rhode Island, New Jersey, and California has helped lead the way for a sustainable, affordable federal proposal that we already know works - the FAMILY Act.

As of today, workers in the United States can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave after a birth, as long as they've worked at a company that employs at least 50 people for a year. The details of the program still must be negotiated with Congress, including how it will be funded, although states would be required to run their own programs. A recent study found that an estimated 25 percent of women who are the breadwinners in their families return to work within two weeks of giving birth.

Families will also be affected in other ways.

"It's a major step forward, and it's better than zero, which is what parents are guaranteed now", said Jeffrey Hayes, program director of job quality and income security at the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives, but were lukewarm to Trump's initial "skinny budget" plan for fiscal 2018, released in March. "It's a fair starting point to the conversation", said Abby McCloskey, former policy adviser to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, an early supporter for paid leave on the right.

Bravo adds that the Trump proposal not only fails to meet these criteria but is simply "unworkable". Three states-California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey-already offer new parents a paid leave benefit and NY and Washington, D.C. have plans to do the same starting next year. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., for example, has introduced a bill that would supply new parents with 12 weeks of paid time off at two-thirds of their pay.

But although the budget sets aside money to implement paid leave, it makes deep cuts to other social programs such as housing, education, environmental protection, foreign aid, and anti-poverty initiatives.

Business leaders, meanwhile, have spoken out against paid leave, arguing they would rather not absorb the expense.

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