President Trump on Thursday promised to approve a bill that grants federal workers 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
“With more women working today than ever before, we now have a historic opportunity to enact long overdue reforms,” said Trump during a summit on the issue.“We’re going to get it done.”
Ivanka Trump, who has lobbied lawmakers on childcare and paid leave issues, pointed to the bill as an example for corporate America.
“As the country’s largest employer, we must lead by example, and after decades, are finally doing so,” said Ivanka. “Our vision is to give each parent the resources and support they need to make the best choice for their families.”
President Trump has also promised to make quality, affordable childcare more accessible by increasing federal grants, removing regulations, and doubling the federal child tax credit. Lawmakers are reexamining the Childcare and Development Block Grant Act to increase flexibility and options for parents.
As it stands, the United States is the only industrialized country that does not guarantee paid family leave after a birth or adoption.