Ivanka Trump visits Capitol to talk family tax credit

Oceane Deschanel
Junho 21, 2017

Nebraska Rep. Deb Fischer, who introduced a bill this year to give tax credits to companies offering paid maternity and paternity leave, participated in Tuesday's meeting, along with Iowa Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida that included talks about expanding the child tax credit, paid family leave and other family-focused tax policies. Joni Ernst, South Carolina Sen.

"Childcare is a major expense for American working families", she tweeted.

Rubio said in a Facebook live chat that he has "been supportive of doing something to incentivize paid family leave, because we're a pro-family family, but also the child tax credit because I truly believe that being a parent is the most important job anyone will ever do", according to the Tampa Bay Times. The official, who sought anonymity to discuss details of a private meeting, said the administration has heard from lawmakers that this approach will help working families. Steve Daines of Montana, Sen.

Rubio said the meeting would focus on the credit and other policies. Advancing parental leave in the Republican-controlled Congress is considered highly unlikely, but winning some family-oriented tax changes are possible.

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President Trump's $25-billion paid leave program requires six weeks of paid leave for new parents funded by unemployment taxes over ten years.

Rubio defended Trump's Cuba policy on Twitter, creating the hashtag #BetterDealForCuba. Rubio and Lee have proposed enhancing the credit, which now provides a tax credit of up to $1,000 for qualifying families.

Since calling for paid family leave during the election, Ivanka has met with lawmakers and outside groups to explore the issue. As she entered the session, she said she was "looking forward to a robust discussion". And both Democrats and Republicans raised questions about the cost burden for states.

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