Paid Family Leave to Get Senate Committee Hearing

Even with the endorsement of the president in his State of the Union address, First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s paid family leave proposal seemed dead on arrival, but after working with Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) and others, Ivanka has convinced enough people in the Senate to schedule a hearing on July 11.

The Senate Committee on Finance — whose members include paid-leave advocates Republican Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — will take up the measure.

Proponents are hoping to win over reluctant GOPers, typically averse to raising taxes or loading expenses on employers by the financing component of the proposal: Those taking paid leave would be able to borrow from their social security accounts, whose retirement use dates would then be pushed back by the amount of time spent on leave. This would presumably also sidetrack the requirements of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, such as the need to work in a company with at least 50 employees.

“Providing a national guaranteed paid-leave program — with a reasonable time limit and benefit cap — isn’t an entitlement, it’s an investment in America’s working families,” Ivanka wrote in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal in July 2017.

Resistance now rests on the fear that paid leave would further weaken the social security trust fund. Regardless, Sen. Rubio has vowed to introduce legislation perhaps only days after the hearing is completed.

Six states and the District of Columbia already have paid family leave legislation on the books.

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