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Trump proposes 6 week maternity and paternity leave in budget



by Joseph Earnest May 19, 2017


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Under a new initiative in President Donald Trump's proposed budget, new parents would receive six weeks of paid leave. New details released by the White House also show the “first step” in his promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

The budget will call for funds to create a program that would grant mothers and fathers six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, two senior White House officials told reporters on Thursday on condition of anonymity to describe a program that has not yet been formally proposed. The details of the program still must be negotiated with Congress, including how it will be funded, although states would be required to run their own programs.

“The states would have a big stake in it,” said one of the White House officials. “They could help design the program.”

It is expected to cost about $25 billion over 10 years and benefit about 1.3 million people, the officials said. There is no proposed income limit, but high earners would have their benefits capped. The financial relief would be paid through the country’s unemployment insurance system.    

The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, has been credited with the inclusion of the paid family leave proposal. In January, she launched a working group to design the initiative. When President Trump originally proposed mandatory maternity leave in September, he was criticized for leaving off fathers and adoptive parents.

The US is the only industrialized country that does not provide paid parental leave. Currently, American workers can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave after a birth, as long as they’ve worked for a company that employs at least 50 people for a year or longer. Although not required by law, 58 percent of companies replace at least some wages for women during maternity leave, while 12 percent cover some leave for fathers, the Washington Post reported. A recent study found that an estimated 25 percent of women who are the breadwinners in their families return to work within two weeks of giving birth.

The new budget details also focused heavily on the upcoming infrastructure package, one of Trump’s major campaign promises. The snapshot proposes $200 billion in infrastructure spending over 10 years, a White House official said on Friday. 

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