Trump towers: Who's brought to heel?
Political appearances are always exercises in one-ups(wo)manship, even with nominal allies. U.S. Sen. Martha McSally took a stand for paid parental leave in a meeting with presidential advisor/daughter Ivanka Trump last week, the Arizona Republican's office said.
"Working parents shouldn't have to make a choice between maintaining their career or starting a family," said McSally in a statement emailed by her Senate office. "American families need flexibility when it comes to doing both. I appreciate Ivanka Trump's efforts on easing the burden on families with both moms and dads in the workforce. I look forward to continue working with the White House and my colleagues in the Senate on both sides of the aisle to enact a practical, family-oriented policies."
"Today 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 Trump, according to that news release.
Maybe don't hold your breath (or stand on your tippy-toes).
Also in that release: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst saying "I so often hear from Iowa parents who struggle to balance family and work; and, I hear from our small business owners who just simply can't afford to provide this option."
Maine Sen. Susan Collins said, "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."
Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).