Monday, 29 May, 2017

President's budget to include family leave plan

White House Reveals Details for Border Wall Ahead of Budget Proposal President's budget to include family leave plan
Freda Brock | 19 May, 2017, 23:40

Next week President Trump will present his first detailed budget request, and according to the Washington Post, it will include something his daughter has been pushing for since he became the Republican nominee: paid family leave.

Trump's push marks a key departure from Republicans' traditional opposition to paid family leave, a benefit long espoused by Democrats. The administration said this approach would give states flexibility and stressed that the administration would provide support to state governments to help them determine how to fund the program. If this program is truly worth having, President Trump's budget will have either offsetting budget cuts for it or they will create a source of revenue to pay for it. Trump's budget is expected to call for defense spending increases, funding for a wall on the border with Mexico, more Border Patrol agents, cut taxes sharply, and no cuts to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.

People who have worked at a company with 50 or more employees for at least a year enjoy the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, under the terms of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Trump has long pledged a US$1 trillion, 10-year plan to modernise U.S. roads, bridges, airports, the electrical grid and water systems, but has so far been vague on how much of the spending would come from the federal government. But the president has been an advocate of paid leave, mentioning it in his first speech to Congress.

During the budget planning process, Ivanka Trump organized an interagency working group to meet on women and family issues.

Sharapova's popularity doesn't earn a French Open wild card — Sports Briefly
If no wild card is awarded, the 30-year-old would need to negotiate her way through qualifying at Roehampton. The WTA runs the women's tennis tour and Simon said: "Wildcards are offered at tournaments' sole discretion".

Under the newest proposal, fathers and adoptive parents would also qualify for the financial relief, which would be paid through the country's unemployment insurance system.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant and Head Start program will maintain the same level of funding.

The details provided Thursday were just a snapshot of Trump's budget.

And it calls for a 17.9 percent decrease in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, which could impact community health centers that rely on federal money to serve more than 21 million mostly low-income patients.

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