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U.S. could get first paid family leave benefit under Trump budget proposal

President Trump’s budget proposal next week will include a new benefit for America’s working parents, one Democrats have long championed and Republicans have long opposed: paid family leave.
U.S. could get first paid family leave benefit under Trump budget proposal

The president’s first detailed budget request on Tuesday will seek funds for the creation of a program to grant mothers and fathers six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, two senior White House budget office officials said, according to WashingtonPost.

The proposal for a family leave program was one of the few relatively large ticket items in a budget which is expected to contain sweeping reductions in spending on nondefense measures.

The White House officials said details of the program still had to be worked out through negotiation with Congress.

But Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who also acts as an assistant to the president and has been a chief advocate for the policy inside the White House, is expected to play a central role in discussions about how to construct it.

The First Daughter launched a working group in January to drive the paid leave initiative.

President Trump’s budget proposal next week will include a new benefit for America’s working parents, one Democrats have long championed and Republicans have long opposed: paid family leave.

The president’s first detailed budget request on Tuesday will seek funds for the creation of a program to grant mothers and fathers six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, two senior White House budget office officials said.

The proposal for a family leave program was one of the few relatively large ticket items in a budget which is expected to contain sweeping reductions in spending on nondefense measures.

The White House officials said details of the program still had to be worked out through negotiation with Congress.

But Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who also acts as an assistant to the president and has been a chief advocate for the policy inside the White House, is expected to play a central role in discussions about how to construct it.

The First Daughter launched a working group in January to drive the paid leave initiative.

Democrats have called for a more generous paid leave plan. Sen. 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. To pay for the program, workers would offer up 0.2 percent of their wages and employers would match that. Gillibrand has said she would be happy to work together with Trump on a paid leave plan.

There could also be pushback from congressional Republicans. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), for example, has voted against paid leave programs, supporting instead policies that would enable employees to build up time off in lieu of overtime pay.

Business leaders, meanwhile, have spoken out against paid leave, arguing they would rather not absorb the expense.
Some do see the value in providing the support, because of research suggesting it reduces employee turnover.