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PHOTO: Rubio, Cassidy, Ernst, Lee Discuss Paid Family Leave With Ivanka Trump
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statements after meeting with Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, to plot the path forward on enacting paid family leave legislation.
“I commend the White House for continuing to show leadership and making it clear that paid family leave is a priority for this Administration,” said Rubio, Chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee. “I am honored to participate in the ongoing, substantive discussion about how best to implement this policy and committed to seeing this effort through. Too many new parents, especially those with low incomes, take on new debt or fall onto welfare programs just to pay for their basic living costs after having a child. It is time to take action.”
“Today we had a productive conversation about paid family leave policy focused on the bipartisan desire to find a solution that supports American workers and families. We are seeking to build consensus around policy that can garner enough votes to be passed into law and thank the Senators on both sides of the aisle who are working together towards that goal,” said Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President.
“There is widespread interest in helping moms and dads have the financial flexibility they need to raise children. The key will be crafting a policy that is fiscally sustainable, targeted, and doesn’t bury taxpayers in even more red ink,” said Dr. Cassidy, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth. “We’re going to work hard in my committee to craft a good, bipartisan solution that empowers families to succeed.”
“As a mother, I understand firsthand how important it is for our policies to reflect the evolving needs of our workforce and to reduce the barriers imposed on parents who are balancing family and work,” said Senator Ernst, a member of the Senate Small Business Committee. “In his State of the Union address, the president made it clear that paid family leave is a priority for his administration. That’s why I am all the more encouraged to continue working with my colleagues, and the administration, to create a path forward for a voluntary, budget-neutral, child-focused paid leave program rather than impose a new entitlement or mandate.”
“Families are the foundation of our country, yet our tax and entitlement systems penalize parents and growing families. If young people can’t afford to form a household and have children then the very future of our nation is in jeopardy,” said Senator Lee. “It was great to hear President Trump mention this issue in the State of the Union and the continued interest of Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump is a fantastic sign. I look forward to working with the WH and my Senate colleagues to identify ways we can reform federal government policies to help solve this problem.”
Background on Rubio Paid Family Leave Efforts
- In August 2018, Rubio introduced the Economic Security for New Parents Act, legislation that creates an option for new parents to pull forward a portion of their Social Security to use for paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. Many parents, especially those with low incomes, will be able to finance three months of leave or longer with the amount of the benefit, which is transferable between households. A one pager of the bill is available here.
- August 1, 2018: Rubio and Wagner: New parents face the ‘social insecurity’ of our time, so let’s help
- August 2, 2018: Rubio: Helping Our Children Begins the Day They are Born by Giving Parents the Option of Paid Leave
- August 7, 2018: Rubio: Parents Should Be Able to Use Their Own Money to Help Start and Raise a Family
- August 20, 2018: What They’re Saying: Rubio’s Paid Family Leave Plan Is “A Win-Win For Everyone”
- August 30, 2018: Analysis: Urban Study Understates Benefits of Rubio Paid Parental Leave Plan