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Senator Collins Joins Group of Women Senators to Discuss Paid Family Leave with Ivanka Trump

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) recently met with Ivanka Trump, along with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Martha McSally (R-AZ) to discuss paid parental leave.


“Ivanka is a passionate advocate for working families and mothers across the United States.  We had a constructive conversation about the next steps we can take to find a bipartisan solution that supports American workers and families,” said Senator Collins. “I will continue to work with my colleagues, as well as the administration, to build on the paid family leave tax credit that is available to employers under the tax reform law and produce legislation that helps working parents succeed.”


“We had a productive working session on Paid Family Leave with an action-oriented group of conservative female Senators. Momentum continues to build with bipartisan efforts advancing to pass Paid Family Leave legislation. This is something we must achieve to support America’s hard working families,” said Ivanka Trump, advisor to the president.


In December 2017, the U.S. Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax code since 1986.  The law created a new business tax credit for eligible employers that offer paid family and medical leave to their employees, doubled the maximum child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000, and made up to $1,400 of the child tax credit refundable.  


Additionally, the law contains three amendments Senator Collins authored that will further reduce the tax burden on hardworking Americans, enhance retirement security, and help families who are struggling to afford high medical costs, and it includes a number of additional improvements she advocated for, such as preserving benefits for higher education, protecting small investors, and retaining the historic tax credit.