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Ivanka Trump speaks up for paid family leave program
First daughter Ivanka Trump advocated for paid family leave in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Tuesday in which she discussed its potential benefits to American women and the whole U.S. economy.
By Tracy Williams
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Feb 17, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — First daughter Ivanka Trump advocated for paid family leave in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Tuesday in which she discussed its potential benefits to American women and the whole U.S. economy. She has advocated since her father's presidential election campaign in 2016 for paid leave nationwide, which exists in every other industrialized country but not the United States.
"Providing a national guaranteed paid-leave programwith a reasonable time limit and benefit cap isn't an entitlement, it's an investment in America's working families," she wrote, adding that it would result in "healthier children and parents in more tightly bonded families, greater financial stability and stronger attachment to the labor force are among the most important."
It would also boost women's participation in the workforce, she argued. The absence of paid leave in many companies is a major impediment to women employees, she wrote, whereas a paid leave policy would "encourage both parents to share parenting responsibilities and to strive toward minimizing hiring biases."
Ivanka Trump goes on to say "government benefits should not be a substitute for private-sector investment," arguing that paid leave on a national scale requires participation and efforts from "private sector companies and state governments."
President Trump requested $19 billion over 10 years to establish a new nationwide paid family-leave program in the fiscal-year 2018 budget that he sent to Congress in May, and he credited Ivanka with being a driving force behind the proposal. White House officials told reporters at the time that the program would probably cost $25 billion a year and benefit 1.3 million or more people.
But the program's enactment is far from certain. Republicans in Congress have dismissed the program as a federal mandate that would burden U.S. businesses.