Congress Has Its First Bipartisan Parental-Leave Plan

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The bill would allow new parents to receive an advance on their child tax credit to enable paid leave or to offset child-care costs.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ate last year, congressional lawmakers and the Trump administration agreed to add a provision to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act to offer federal employees up to twelve weeks of paid parental leave. The announcement cast a spotlight on a policy debate that already has gotten plenty of attention during Trump’s presidency, thanks especially to the work of his eldest daughter, Ivanka, who has urged politicians over the past few years to craft a federal paid-leave program for parents of newborns.

After having floated the idea last fall, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers has officially introduced new parental-leave legislation, called

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