WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) met today with Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump in his Washington, D.C., office to discuss the issue of paid family leave.
The tax cut legislation Republicans passed into law in December included a provision creating the first nationwide paid family leave policy in American history, which incentivizes employers to offer workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave with a tax credit of up to 25 percent.
During today’s meeting, Ms. Trump and Dr. Cassidy discussed the importance of providing families with flexible work arrangements that allow workers to care for a sick family member or take maternity or paternity leave. They also discussed workforce development and neonatal healthcare.
“Ivanka is focused on empowering American workers to achieve their full potential and making life easier for working parents, especially mothers, and I couldn’t agree more with these goals,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Our tax cut legislation that President Trump signed into law made a lot of progress by expanding the child tax credit and encouraging businesses to offer employees up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. We had a productive discussion about how we can build upon this success so parents have the workplace flexibility and support they need to earn a living and raise a family at the same time.”
Dr. Cassidy is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy. He also sits on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Children and Families.