Capitol Hill Buzz: Rubio joke-investigates Ivanka hug

Ebony Scott
June 21, 2017

Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

The President's daughter and senior adviser has been championing this cause since previous year when she began making calls to members of Congress. Rubio, who may prove a key Republican voice in Trump's pro-family tax push, first took up the cause in 2015 during his presidential campaign when he vowed to expand access to paid family leave through tax incentives.

When the two greeted each other, for some reason unbeknownst to anyone, including Lil' Trumpet's security, Little Marco went in for a hug, and Ivanka Trump's face was priceless. The official, who sought anonymity to discuss details of a private meeting, said the administration has heard from lawmakers that this approach will help working families.

The meeting on Capitol Hill was led by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Sen.

"Just left a productive meeting on the Hill to discuss issues affecting American working families, including childcare & paid family leave!" Marco Rubio of Florida that included talks about expanding the child tax credit, paid family leave and other family-focused tax policies. Steve Daines of Montana, Sen. Tim Scott and Utah Sen.

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Trump has three children and is often credited with pushing her father to prioritize policies like paid family leave. Rather, he said she was "in the input stage, listening to the different ideas and proposals that are out there".

President Trump's $25-billion paid leave program requires six weeks of paid leave for new parents funded by unemployment taxes over ten years. Fischer has proposed a tax credit for businesses that offer paid family leave. As she entered the session, Trump said she was "looking forward to a robust discussion".

Response to that proposal has been mixed.

Associated Press Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner contributed from Washington.

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