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Report: Ivanka Trump Working On Maternity Leave Law

| by Ray Brown

Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, is reportedly working the congressional phone lines to push for a maternity leave plan when her father takes office.

“She’s calling some to talk about the child care provisions,” Sarah Chamberlain, the president and CEO of the center-right organization Republican Main Street Partnership, told Independent Journal Review. “It’s gonna be a big issue for her.”

Chamberlain said Ivanka's work on the maternity leave issue, which garnered a great deal of attention during the 2016 presidential campaign, will be indicative of what is expected to be an active first daughter role in the Trump White House.

“I think she’s hoping to [play a large role in the administration],” Chamberlain said. “It did come out she’s gonna have an office in the East Wing and actually I think she’s gonna be a great addition. I think she was a huge help in getting her father elected.”

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During the presidential campaign, Donald proposed a child care plan that included six weeks of paid maternity leave, according to his campaign website.

Current law allows up to 12 weeks for certain employees.

"Child care is such a big problem. We're going to solve that problem," the billionaire businessman said in September, according to ABC News. "That means we need working mothers to be fairly compensated for their work and have access to affordable, quality child care for their kids. That's what we're doing."

In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine published on Sep. 14, Ivanka touted her father's maternity leave and child care plan.

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“For decades, people have been trying to achieve this in the U.S and it has yet to be realized and I think our plan is a great one,” she said. “It's comprehensive, not only relating to family and maternity leave, but also relating to child care. And a big component of this plan is the child care component, because it is a major problem in the United States.”

According to CTV News, the U.S. is ranked in the bottom five for maternity leave policies.

The top five include Sweden, which offers 68 weeks with 80 percent pay and the U.K., which offers 52 weeks with 90 percent pay. Denmark and Norway each offer 52 weeks at 100 percent pay.

Sources: Independent Journal Review, Donald J. Trump, Cosmopolitan, ABC News, CTV News / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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