Ivanka Trump Has 'Failed the Families of This Country' So Far With Paid Family Leave Proposals, Advocates Say

While Ivanka Trump claimed victory for a paid family leave inclusion in her father President Donald Trump's budget, several advocacy groups that have long fought for the issue said it was woefully short of meeting American families' needs.

In his budget released last Monday, the president included six weeks of paid leave for new parents, including those who adopt, to recover from giving birth and to care for their children. That day, Ivanka Trump tweeted that "adding the 1st national Paid Family Leave proposal included in any POTUS budget" showed that "we continue to fulfill our pledge to American working families!"

Multiple advocacy groups disagreed, saying the inclusion didn't cover the time frame or range of issues for which families need to take leave.

The proposal excludes parents of ill children and those who need to care for other family members, and leaves the responsibility with states to provide the benefit through already strapped unemployment insurance funds, said Ellen Bravo, co-director of Family Values @ Work, a national network of coalitions in 27 states focused on policies including paid family leave.

"The policies she's supported would fail to deliver paid leave to most families, low-income and middle-income families, who desperately need it," Bravo told Newsweek.

Bravo said the proposal undermines unemployment social security, and that "the most meager and unsubstantial thing we could pass" could harm the effort for comprehensive paid leave.

"We have to say that her efforts so far have failed the families in this country," Bravo said of the first daughter. "Because she has either supported or declined to criticize policies that are extremely harmful to families."

The work of Ivanka Trump and her advisers "aren't real paid family leave policies," said Sarah Fleisch Fink, general counsel and director of workplace policy for the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit seeking to improve the lives of women and families.

Fink said she would like to see the first daughter push comprehensive paid leave with substantial funding. "She has an opportunity to elevate real policy solutions, and she has not done that," Fink told Newsweek.

Six weeks is not enough for parents with new children—they need 12 weeks minimum, said Ruth Martin, vice president of Moms Rising, a grassroots advocacy group with more than a million members nationwide.

"It would be great if Ivanka Trump would start talking about the full range of caregiving needs, not stop and start with parental leave only," Martin said. "Just leaves so many people uncovered."

Ivanka Trump on Tuesday thanked senators Joni Ernst and Mike Lee for introducing the Child Rearing and Development Leave Empowerment Act, which would enable parents to take one, two or three months off work to tend a newborn or adopted child, in exchange for postponing their retirement benefits by two, four or six months, respectively.

"I will continue to work with members on both sides of the aisle to support POTUS's goal of passing into law #PFL policy that supports 21st Century American working families!" the first daughter tweeted.

Thank you Senators @SenJoniErnst & @SenMikeLee for your commitment to advancing #PaidFamilyLeave!

I will continue to work with members on both sides of the aisle to support POTUS’s goal of passing into law #PFL policy that supports 21st Century American working families! https://t.co/DyEhBubTTe

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 12, 2019

Bravo had a suggestion for Ivanka Trump: "Tweet in support of meaningful paid leave that will reach every family."