First daughter Ivanka Trump huddled with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to discuss family and child care policy as she seeks to build momentum around one of her signature issues.
The meeting was spearheaded by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who has proposed a child tax credit of up to $2,500 and incentives for companies that provide paid family leave. A spokesman said the discussion focused on ways to tailor that credit for the working class, how to eliminate the marriage penalty and strategies for promoting paid leave.
Sens. Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Joni Ernst of Iowa were the only female lawmakers in the meeting. Also attending were Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah and Reps. Lamar Smith of Texas and Trent Franks and David Schweikert of Arizona.
Rubio told reporters after the meeting, which lasted about an hour, that Trump was in the "input stage" and was interested in proposals that could garner strong GOP support in the Senate. He and Fischer suggested that a provision could be attached to the sweeping tax reform package that lawmakers hope to pass this fall, but he cautioned that the discussions were preliminary.