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Politico: Rubio, Ivanka Push to Make Paid Leave Work for GOP

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(L-R) U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks as Ivanka Trump and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) listen during a news conference October 25, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Ivanka Trump joined Republican legislators to discuss child tax credit. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 04 Feb 2018 09:21 AM

Working with White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is crafting a program to implement paid family leave that can work for fiscal conservatives in the Republican party, as Politico reported Sunday.

"That's a new idea for Republicans who still identify it as something that comes out of the left," Sen. Rubio told Politico. "Forcing companies to provide it is perhaps an idea that finds its genesis on the left, but the notion that pregnancy should not be a bankruptcy-eliciting event is one that I think all Americans should be supportive."

Among the early proposals are a payroll tax on employers or allowing employees to pay into Social Security and take early benefits which delay the start of the retirement entitlement program. Also, Rubio proposed, allowing the child tax-credit to come in an upfront payment for newborns instead of waiting for an individual to file their taxes before the next April.

"While we are pleasantly surprised by the progress we are making in generating conversation around the issue, we know how hard it is going to be and that for all the talk on the issue, nobody has been able to get it done before," a White House official told Politico. "We are committed to it and the priority now is to continue to build a coalition."

Ivanka is a leading proponent of a paid family leave program in the White House and President Donald Trump is behind the reforms, endorsing it in his campaign and most recently in the State of the Union, but a paid family leave program will have to come without employer mandates or tax increases to win support of Republicans.

"We still have to work on members of my own party," Rubio told Politico. "I think there will be significant initial resistance to it, because it's just not an issue that's been identified with the Republican Party."

Rubio, who also pushed for the doubling of the child tax credit that nearly sunk the GOP tax reform in December, is attempting to present a "softer side of conservatism," particularly as it relates to lower income families.

Among the proposals that might gain traction within the GOP is providing a tax credit to companies who voluntarily provide paid family leave.

But Rubio is skeptical it would work for lower-paying jobs, where employees just cannot pay bills during leave without a program and employers just cannot afford to voluntarily provide those benefits.

"Frankly, there's no evidence that's the case anywhere, particularly down into the $20,000, $30,000, $35,000 range," Rubio told Politico.

"People that I know and interact with, going two weeks without a paycheck is catastrophic. Imagine going two months or three months. . . . They gotta give you time under the law, but you don't get paid. It's just not a sustainable thing."

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Working with White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is crafting a program to implement paid family leave that can work for fiscal conservatives in the Republican party, as Politico reported Sunday."That's a new idea for Republicans who still...
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