White House, Democrats strike tentative deal to create Space Force in exchange for federal parental leave benefits: report

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The White House and House Democrats have reportedly reached a tentative deal to authorize the creation of the Space Force, a priority for the Trump administration first outlined in an executive order by the president earlier this year.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Democrats and White House negotiators had struck a bargain that would authorize the creation of the agency in exchange for a policy establishing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers.

It isn’t clear if the plan will be able to win enough Republican support to pass the Senate, according to the Post, but the plan appears to have the backing of both President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It’s not a “foregone conclusion” that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren ‘Pocahontas,’ knocks wealth tax MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence: It’s not a “foregone conclusion” that lawmakers impeach Trump Democrats open door to repealing ObamaCare tax in spending talks Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday’s House Judiciary hearing MORE (D-Calif.), a rare moment of compromise amid the House’s impeachment hearings.

“Trump doesn’t like the so-called ‘deep state’ and I doubt that he’s going to bed at night saying, ‘Look what I did for federal workers,'” Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) told the Post. “But it was a trade-off for him. And it’s good policy.”

Parental leave applies to all federal workers, including gay, lesbian and transgender parents, because of federal regulations, though the weeks of paid leave reportedly would not be allowed to be used in addition to existing benefits allowing 12 weeks of unpaid family leave time for federal workers per year.

Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyDemocrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week Two budget staffers resigned after voicing concerns about halted Ukraine aid, official says On The Money: Dems say Ukraine aid documents from OMB show ‘pattern of abuse’ | Blue states file appeal over GOP tax law deduction cap | Dems sue Barr, Ross over census documents MORE (D-N.Y.), a supporter of expanding paid family leave, told the Post that the deal reached by congressional and White House negotiators was an “incomplete solution, but a significant one.”

“We are one of the only civilized nations in the world that does not provide its workers with paid leave when they have children or care for sick relatives, and I have been working for decades to remedy that,” she added.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

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