Magazine December 31, 2019, Issue

Paid Family Leave Finds Proponents on the Right

Ivanka Trump speaks during a global economic program for women in Sale, Morocco, November 8, 2019. (Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)
Two GOP Senate bills propose to create a federal program—before the Democrats can

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump rolled out a set of family-policy proposals, including tax relief for parents. Backing an idea that his eldest daughter, Ivanka, had put before him, Trump announced shortly before the election that his administration would “provide six weeks of paid maternity leave to any mother with a newborn child whose employer does not provide the benefit,” a program that he said the unemployment-insurance fund would finance.

As president, Trump made good on his first promise when he signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017. Though many on the right opposed

This article appears as “The Right Paid-Leave Policy” in the December 31, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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