Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, is calling Republican members of Congress to get the ball rolling on legislation for child care.
Sarah Chamberlain, the president and CEO of the center-right organization Republican Main Street Partnership, told Independent Journal Review that Ivanka Trump has been calling Republican members of Congress since her father’s victory last month.
“She’s calling some to talk about the child care provisions,” Chamberlain said. “It’s gonna be a big issue for her.”
One of Republican Main Street Partnership’s members of Congress informed Chamberlain of the ongoing discussions with Ms. Trump.
Chamberlain added that Ms. Trump’s involvement will be a positive for the incoming administration:
“I think she’s hoping to [play a large role in the administration]. It did come out she’s gonna have an office in the East Wing and actually I think she’s gonna be a great addition. I think she was a huge help in getting her father elected.”
A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump did not respond to request for comment from Independent Journal Review.
CNN reported Thursday that the first family is making preparations to have their own working office in the White House. But Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said “no decisions have been made” as to whether Ms. Trump will have a formal role in the administration.
Ms. Trump played a pivotal role in shaping her father’s child care policy positions during the campaign. A month prior to the election, when then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was touting the child care plan, he told a Pennsylvania crowd:
“We need working mothers to be fairly compensated for their work, and to have access to affordable, quality child care for their kids.”
Trump’s child care position paper included a advocacy for policies such as mandating that companies provide six weeks of compensation for maternity leave, reforming the tax code to allow deductions for child care expenses and an expanded earned income tax credit for low income families.
Editor’s note: This article was updated after publication.