Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke out in support for Ivanka Trump’s plan for a paid family leave act on Tuesday afternoon, before his meeting with the President.
While many conservatives initially scoffed at the First Daughter’s plan for paid family leave, she’s approached the idea by reaching out to non-profits, American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution, to hatch out the details.
The plan released on Tuesday would cost $20 billion over a decade. It would allow six paid weeks off after the birth or adoption of a child, which would make good on President Trump’s campaign promise and Rubio’s proposed maternity leave bill he’s floated since 2015.
“In America, no family should be forced to put off having children due to economic insecurity,” Rubio tweeted.
According to the AEI and Brookings press release about the plan, paid family leave would be offered to both mothers and fathers. It could also be budget-neutral by splitting costs of financing it between a payroll tax and cutting spending from expenditures elsewhere in a way that doesn’t affect low-income families.
The plan offers a 70 percent wage-replacement rate up to a cap of $600 per week for eight weeks. Then, private companies can choose to add to that amount to make up for an employee’s full pay. Job protection would also be included in the plan.
Rubio’s support for the proposal may signal that it could earn enough Republican support to make its way through Congress when a bill is finally submitted.