Kirsten Gillibrand invites President Trump to have a conversation on paid family leave – Washington Examiner

Kirsten Gillibrand invites President Trump to have a conversation on paid family leave – Washington Examiner

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday said she would welcome a sitdown with President Trump to talk about paid family leave, as she unveiled a proposal to fund the provision through payroll taxes. "I will sit down with any Republican who wants to talk about a paid leave plan including President Trump, " said Gillibrand, D-N.Y., at a press conference. "That’s an invitation." Gillibrand, who is vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination to run against Trump, introduced the Family and Medical Leave Act alongside Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who is sponsoring the House version. Gillibrand's latest legislative rollout comes at a time when support for paid family leave among Republicans is growing, and is even a priority for Trump. Several GOP senators have credited first daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump for this shift because over several months of conversations she helped make the case that paid family leave was both "pro-family" and "pro-workers." Before that, only Democrats had backed the cause. The conversations culminated in a Senate hearing last summer, the first in almost four years on paid family leave. Republicans are planning their next moves. .

They are meeting Wednesday morning with Ivanka Trump and Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Marco Rubio of Florida, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Todd Young of Indiana, and Mike Lee of Utah, according to a Senate Republican aide. By March, several Republicans are expected to unveil legislation of their own. DeLauro and Gillibrand both said they had also met with Ivanka Trump on the issue. Gillibrand's unveiling adds to a campaign platform centered on feminist causes. While the paid leave provision would be available to all workers, women disproportionately end up caring for a new child after birth or adoption, as well as for sick family members. "It's a major cause of the wage gap for women, who still take on the lion's share of responsibility, " Gillibrand said. More women are running for president than ever, but Gillibrand has in media interviews and legislative priorities deliberately cast herself as the candidate dedicated to gender equality. .

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