Ivanka Trump will huddle with Republican members of Congress to discuss how to improve family benefits at an event organized by Sen. Marco Rubio.
Both have proposals to provide paid family leave and new tax benefits to parents. They differ on the details, though, and they’ll seek input from other lawmakers on developing common ground. Rubio recently sent out an invitation to his colleagues via email.
“I think we’re trying to help the same people,” Rubio (R-Fla.), who battled President Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, told POLITICO. “I think there’s different ways to try to get there.”
The proposed budget Donald Trump recently released includes a six-week paid leave plan for new parents that was championed by Ivanka Trump. States would have to finance the benefit through their unemployment insurance programs and “adjust their UI tax structures to maintain sufficient balances in their Unemployment Trust Fund accounts” to cover the cost.
Rubio endorsed paid family leave during his presidential campaign, proposing a 25 percent tax credit for businesses that voluntarily offer four to 12 weeks of leave.
Rubio has also backed changes to the child tax credit. Legislation he offered with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) would create a new child tax credit worth $2,500 per child that would be partially refundable, meaning families would get a tax refund if the credit is larger than the amount of taxes they owe.
Ivanka Trump, on the other hand, has proposed a deduction for child care expenses. Critics have said her idea would largely benefit upper-income households, though, with little upside for lower-income taxpayers.
“Obviously I like my approach,” Rubio said. “She has a different one, at least for now. I don’t think they’re inflexible about it.”
Rubio would like to attach pro-family tax provisions to the broader tax reform plan Congress and the White House are working on.
He said the upcoming discussion was meant to let other lawmakers weigh in with their own positions and ideas.