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Ivanka Trump: Father's Child Care Plan Seeks to Give 'Freedom' to Families

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016 08:38 PM

Donald Trump's four-part plan for child care would give American parents the "freedom to make the best decisions for his or her family," Ivanka Trump said Tuesday.

"My father is prepared to chart a new course that promotes strong families and celebrates their individual needs; one that honors, respects and empowers both working and stay-at-home mothers and caregivers," Trump, the Republican presidential candidate's oldest daughter and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal.

"Together, we will take a stand and enable the American family and the modern workforce to thrive," she said.

Trump's piece was published hours before her father was to announce his child care proposal at a rally in Ashton, Pa.

Ivanka Trump, 34, is the married mother of three young children and she has been an adviser to her father's campaign. She helped craft Donald Trump's child care agenda.

"For me, motherhood is a gift and a tremendous source of joy," she said. "Yet it's also the greatest predictor of wage inequality in our country.

"In 2014, single women without children earned 94 cents on a man's dollar. Married mothers made only 81 cents.

"We all agree that women should have equal pay for equal work, but that's not enough. The lack of quality, affordable child care is one of the biggest challenges facing American parents."

Trump noted "current federal policies created to benefit families were written more than 65 years ago when dual-income families were not the norm.

"Today, however, in about two-thirds of married couples, both spouses work," she said.

Donald Trump's plan would:

  • Guarantee six weeks of paid maternity leave by amending the existing unemployment insurance that companies are required to carry. The benefit would apply only when employers do not offer paid maternity leave.
  • Rewrite the tax code to allow working parents to deduct child care expenses from their income for up to four children and elderly dependents. The deduction would be capped at the average cost of care per state of residence.
  • Create new Dependent Care Savings Accounts for families to set aside money for their children's development or elder care expenses.
  • Reform laws to add incentives for employers to provide on-site child care for their employees.

Ivanka Trump said this plan seeks "to bring federal policies in line with the needs of today's working parents."

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