White House makes push for paid family leave and childcare reform

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The White House on Thursday sought to rally support for paid family leave and childcare legislation, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn’s UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE throwing his support behind the issue.

Members of Congress, governors and business leaders all met at the White House to argue for the importance of the issue and the need for improvements to federal programs.

Officials have said they are hopeful the discussion will spur movement on bipartisan legislation to aid working families.

The event came as part of a concerted push, spearheaded by Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump signs executive order combating anti-Semitism on campuses Advocacy groups decry Trump’s ‘anti-family policies’ ahead of White House summit Author of Steele dossier had ‘cordial’ relationship with Ivanka Trump: report MORE, to bring childcare and family leave to the forefront as Democrats running for president are doing the same.

The president expressed optimism that Congress could come together to pass legislation that includes paid family leave and expanded access to childcare, likening it to the criminal justice reform bill that was passed a year ago.

“With this administration, you get the rewards. With other administrations it never worked,” Trump said. “But we get it done. They may like me, they may not, but we get it done.”

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a senior White House adviser, said Thursday morning that the White House’s key principles for potential legislation would focus on removing regulations that she said limited a family’s options when assessing childcare choices.

“We have a historic chance to pass paid family leave and childcare reform so that every American family has the freedom to embrace the dignity of work and the joy of raising a family,” Ivanka Trump said.

Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyNCAA president wants a federal athlete compensation bill Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: ‘The facts are uncontested’ Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to ‘forever wars’ MORE (R-Utah), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTom Hanks weighs in on primary: ‘Anybody can become president’ GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling Group of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, ‘put country over politics’ MORE (R-Fla.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDemocrats spend big to put Senate in play Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence GOP senators unveil bill to expand ‘opportunity zone’ reporting requirements MORE (R-Iowa) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats spend big to put Senate in play Kelly leads McSally in Arizona Senate race: poll MORE (R-Ariz.) were among the attendees at Thursday’s event. Reps. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamDemocrat says he expects to oppose articles of impeachment against Trump Conservative group unveils million ad campaign against Trump impeachment Club for Growth extends advertising against House Dems over impeachment MORE (D-S.C.) and Colin Allred (D-Texas) also attended.

The White House summit came one day after the House overwhelmingly approved an annual defense policy bill that, if signed into law, would give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to federal workers.

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls have rolled out proposals addressing childcare costs as they seek the nomination to challenge Trump in the 2020 election.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Mass.) previously introduced legislation that would establish universal childcare.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 Krystal Ball warns about lagging youth support for Buttigieg MORE last month detailed an economic plan that would make early learning and childcare through age 5 free for low-income families.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julian Castro jabs ICE: ‘Delete your account’ Booker campaign unveils bilingual training program for Nevada caucus MORE‘s (D-N.J.) campaign released a plan in October to expand the Child Tax Credit and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in a push to end childhood poverty.

Thursday’s summit came as the House Judiciary Committee prepared to advance articles of impeachment against the president. Trump spent much of the morning tweeting and retweeting messages critical of Democrats and ripping the proceedings in the House.

He joked at the outset of his remarks that he cleared his schedule to attend Thursday’s summit at his daughter’s request.

“I had a very busy time and a very busy day, and my daughter said, ‘you will be here,'” Trump quipped. “So that was the end of that busy day.”

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