Ivanka Trump to meet with Rubio, Fischer on paid family leave

Ivanka Trump is set to meet Tuesday morning with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and others to discuss paid family leave, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans.

The meeting comes as the Trump administration pushes a proposal for six weeks of mandatory paid leave for mothers and fathers. That is an unpopular proposal with many in a Republican-controlled Congress, but the idea has gained traction among more moderate members.

Fischer and Rubio have been leaders within their party on family leave. Fischer reintroduced a bill this year that would give tax credits to companies that offer paid leave for employees. Rubio also supported the idea during his run for president in 2016.

Ivanka Trump’s proposal, however, would impose a mandate on businesses. That idea, which is included in her father’s budget proposal, hasn’t been embraced by Republicans.

The issue is one of personal importance to Ivanka Trump. She has sought to sell her own left-leaning workplace policies in a White House run by conservatives. Privately, she has told people that the paid leave policy in Trump’s budget is just a placeholder, and even hinted she’d be willing to push for something more ambitious.

"They’re not too stuck on the details," said Aparna Mathur, an economic policy scholar with the American Enterprise Institute who met with Ivanka Trump on the issue earlier this month.

Democrats have said the proposal is inadequate. But the final version may depend largely on which Republican the White House gets to carry the bill. Based on Tuesday’s meeting, Rubio and Fischer would appear to be top contenders.

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