Ivanka Trump met with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and a handful of others Tuesday to discuss paid leave and tax credits for families.
The president’s elder daughter met with the senators for about an hour in a small room on the first floor of the Capitol. According to those present, she did not ask senators to support the White House’s proposal, but rather listened to their ideas.
“There is a growing desire in the Republican conference in the Senate and House to address the fundamental fact that there are people in America who have decided they can’t afford to have children because they can’t take a month off of work,” Rubio told reporters. “I think today was a receive mode: Listening to some of the concepts and ideas that are already out there.”
The White House has proposed a six-week leave plan in President Donald Trump’s budget that would rely on state unemployment insurance, though Ivanka Trump has said she’s open to changes. Fischer has her own proposal, supported by Rubio, that would give tax credits to companies that voluntarily offer family leave.
“I presented my proposal, and of course Ms. Trump was aware of that,” Fischer said. “We’re going to work together. You know it’s not my plan and the White House plan. We need a plan that’s going to be our plan so that we can have support.”
Ivanka Trump also was joined by Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).