Advocates argue that new legislation brought forward by Republican Senator Bill Cassidy fail to meet families’ needs. The First Daughter of US President Donald Trump came out in support of the bill, claiming it would “chart a bipartisan path forward” for the legislation. However, some say her comments are “shortsighted” in the battle to finally install laws in the US which give new parents paid leave.
According to Newsweek, Mr Cassidy said he would co-sponsor the new bill with Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema.
Responding to the news, Ms Trump wrote on Twitter: “I applaud Senator Cassidy and Senator Sinema for charting a bipartisan path forward on paid leave legislation.
“Thank you both your leadership.
“Working across the aisle we can deliver for American families.’
For most families in the US there is no right to paid or unpaid leave to care for a new child or recover from childbirth.
The new bill doesn’t offer comprehensive reform.
Mr Cassidy said that the bill would provide leave for new parents earning less than a joint $70,000 (£54,000) annually.
Campaigners such as Ruth Martin, vice president of the group MomsRising, argue more needs to be done, saying Ms Trump was “definitely shortsighted” in praising the bill.
She said: “It’s just missing the bigger piece and we need to focus on the bigger picture of the full range of families’ needs.
“Parents absolutely need leave to care for the arrival of a new child but families also need to care for other family members.”
She added: “I think it’s an opportunity, that she could really use her pulpit.
“Certainly glad she’s talking about needs that new babies have, but if we’re really going to talk about what’s going to help families, then we need to talk about the full range of caregiving needs.”