Dec 29, 2019

Ivanka Trump: "People aren't debating anymore whether paid family leave is good policy"

President Trump's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump declined to comment on CBS News' "Face the Nation" whether she was endorsing any specific bill on paid family leave, but said that she could support Democratic-led legislation if it was the "right policy."

Why it matters: Trump, who has championed paid leave in her role at the White House, said that in the years since her father was elected, people have stopped debating "whether or not paid family leave is good policy" and are now debating "what's the best policy."

"When I first came to Washington, I was surprised at how few Democrats had taken their argument for the merit of paid leave to their colleagues across the aisle. So it really was starting from the beginning and talking about this policy and framing it in different terms. So Republicans didn't want a payroll tax increase that disproportionately impacts the most vulnerable. So what are new solutions? We proposed the first ever bipartisan, bicameral plan that would allow people the flexibility to determine if they want to pull back- pull forward their child tax credit and then pay it back over 10 years."
— Ivanka Trump

The big picture: The House and Senate recently passed a military policy bill that included a provision securing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for more than two million federal workers.

  • Ivanka Trump explained to CBS: "We can't tell the private sector to step up and to offer these critical benefits to their employees and not be willing to do it ourselves."

Go deeper: Corporate America is pressured to boost paid parental leave

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The global parental leave paradox

Reproduced from World Policy Center; Map: Axios Visuals

Parental leave is steadily becoming ubiquitous around the world, but workplace cultures in many countries continue to prevent employees — especially fathers — from taking time off.

Why it matters: Paid leave not only benefits families but also makes people more likely to re-enter the workforce, experts say. And in the U.S., as the labor market tightens, robust time off policies for new parents is emerging as one way to attract talent.

Go deeperArrowJan 18, 2020

Ivanka Trump wants Americans to have their diplomas on their phones

CTA head Gary Shapiro and Ivanka Trump. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Speaking at CES, Ivanka Trump said Tuesday that Americans should be able to carry their diplomas and other important records on their smartphones, much as they are starting to be able to carry health records and other data.

Why it matters: The presidential daughter and adviser says that, too often, data is hard for hiring companies to obtain.

Go deeperArrowJan 7, 2020

2024 lookahead poll: GOP voters eye Trump dynasty

Data: Online SurveyMonkey poll (Margin of error: ±2.5 percentage points). Chart: Axios Visuals

Ready to skip 2020 and go straight to 2024? In a SurveyMonkey poll for Axios, Republican voters chose children of President Trump — Don Jr. and Ivanka — as two of the top four picks for president in four years.

  • Why it matters: An early poll like this is largely a measure of name ID. But it's also a vivid illustration of just how strong Trump's brand is with the GOP.
Go deeperArrowUpdated Jan 4, 2020