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Ivanka Trump Talks Childcare Policy With Female GOP Members Of Congress

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

Ivanka Trump came to Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss her father’s child care policies with GOP representatives and senators at a meeting held at the Republican National Committee.

The Trump campaign unveiled its plan to provide paid maternity leave, tax incentives for employers to provide child care and establish Extended Care Savings Accounts last week — which included several traditionally Democratic platforms.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Trump’s proposal differentiates itself in that it would not raise taxes on the American people and would largely be offset. Rep. Renee Ellmers agreed, saying Trump is making an effort to understand the struggles American families face and addressing them while exemplifying conservative principles.

Ellmers noted Republicans have a number of existing proposals designed to help families, which they discussed in conjunction with the campaign’s plan.

“You know, we (Republicans) have been talking about issues like this for quite sometime in the House, and it has just been a matter of us not being able to move it forward,” she said. “There are a number of pieces of policy we have, but the child care issue, and addressing it the way that Ivanka has brought on — and let’s remember, Donald Trump is the first one in this campaign between him and Hillary Clinton to actually talk about child care.”

Blackburn told reporters she thinks it’s an issue that could help Republican nominee Donald Trump gain traction with female voters — a demographic he has struggled with in the past.

“I think that looking at the child care, elder care issues are a very important way to do that,” Blackburn said, adding that suburban moms in her district are excited to hear more about the plan.

Clinton also recently rolled out a proposal offering double the amount of paid maternity leave; it does not offer the promise of no new taxes.

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