White House advisor and First Daughter Ivanka Trump has yet to find House and Senate sponsors for her proposal to require six weeks of paid parental leave for new mothers and fathers.
Politico reports that congressional Republicans don’t want to sign on to any kind of mandate, preferring a system that offers tax breaks to employers who offer the benefit or tax credits for employees who take parental leave.
Sketched out so far only in broad strokes, the Trump administration’s paid-leave plan would be funded through existing unemployment insurance programs, leaving it to states to figure out the financing.
Meanwhile in New Jersey—one of three states that already mandates paid—the State Assembly has approved expanding the time-off entitlement from six weeks to 12 weeks. The Garden State’s paid leave program is funded by employee contributions. The expansion measure now moves on to the New Jersey Senate.