Jun 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Melinda French Gates meets with Biden administration, Hill officials

Mike Allen
Melinda French Gates
Melinda French Gates speaks during SXSW Online in March. Photo: SXSW via Getty Images

Melinda French Gates is staying visible with a Washington swing this week to visit White House and Hill officials to discuss issues important to her, especially paid leave, advisers tell me.

Driving the news: French Gates met at the White House yesterday with Chief of Staff Ron Klain and Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice, among other senior administration officials.

  • French Gates and her organization, Pivotal Ventures, have been longtime advocates for policies that are part of President Biden's infrastructure proposal, including paid leave and child care.
  • French Gates is expected to meet with senators on Capitol Hill this morning, including Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the philanthropist's home state.

Zoom out: Last week, French Gates joined the Democratic Women’s Caucus to virtually kick off a meeting with remarks focused on caregiving, paid leave, and women’s economic empowerment.

  • A spokesperson for Melinda French Gates told me: "Melinda French Gates met with leaders in D.C. to discuss the continued global response to the pandemic and thanked policymakers for their leadership in the global vaccination effort. Melinda also highlighted the need for a federal paid leave policy to support our economic recovery and get people back to work."
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