First Daughter Advocates For Affordable Childcare, Paid Family Leave

By Gabrielle Seunagal

In fairly recent news, First Daughter Ivanka Trump made headlines for her work to gather support for affordable childcare and paid family leave. These changes will permit American families to deduct childcare expenses from their annual taxable incomes. Ivanka’s cause has transcended partisan lines; many Democrats are on board with the policy. President Trump also endorsed his daughter’s plan during last week’s address to Congress. However, CNBC has announced that “near term action remains slim” as a result of the White House’s central focus being the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
The chief executive of healthcare marketplace, Sheila Marcelo, recently sat down and had dinner with Ivanka to discuss logistics of women in the workplace, entrepreneurship amongst women, and policies that would benefit families. Marcelo expressed her interest for the First Daughter’s plan to grant larger refundable credit to lower income families. A recently analysis by the Tax Policy Center has determined that approximately 70% of the program’s benefits would be received by higher income families who make over $100,000 annually. I personally admire the First Daughter’s idea: It would be an amazing opportunity for working women, but I look forward to further modifications that will extend benefits to low income families who are in greater need of them.

Despite current circumstances, the First Daughter has not hesitated to enact her policy: she held meeting with several lawmakers and Republicans to discuss her cause. Ivanka recently reintroduced a bill that would grant tax companies credits for providing paid family leave to their workers. Her policy would also increase protections for women who are currently seeking out equal pay in the workforce. As a female independent contractor, I believe Ivanka’s plan has great potential for working women and I am excited about the progression of her work-place friendly policy.

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