Two months before Election Day, Donald Trump pledged to fix American child care – starting with the tax code. He proposed allowing parents to deduct the average cost of care from their income taxes, an expense that can annually reach up to to $22,000.
He also said mothers who give birth would become eligible for six weeks of partially paid maternity leave, a new benefit that would come from a tweak to the nation’s unemployment insurance program. The average weekly payout, his team said, would fall around $300.
“For many families, child care is now the single largest expense, even more so than housing,” he said in a September speech . “Yet very little policy work has been done in this area.”
Republicans have traditionally avoided tackling specific issues working families face, choosing instead to focus on jobs and the economy (and letting the market handle the rest). Democrats, on the other hand, have argued the country should play a bigger role in supporting parents with public programs, particularly paid leave.