Rubio to introduce 'conservative solution' for paid family leave 

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is planning to introduce family leave legislation. (Marco Rubio)

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is planning to unveil a "conservative solution" for paid family leave. 

An aide to the Florida Republican confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Rubio will introduce a bill next week on family leave. His plan looks similar to one proposed by the Independent Women's Forum and would allow parents to draw from their Social Security benefits to cover family leave, the aide said. 

Each parent would be eligible to draw from Social Security for up to 12 weeks for each child born or adopted, according to the aide. They would then have to defer retirement benefits for an equal amount to offset the use. 


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In a video posted to Rubio's Youtube page (which is embedded below), he said that policy addressing family leave is a priority, and that the tax reform bill passed last year is a good start to the effort. 

"Starting and raising a family should not bankrupt working Americans," Rubio said in the video. 

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Rubio pushed for the tax law to include language that doubles the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000, an effort he specifically points to the in the video. 

The Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy will hold a hearing on family leave next Wednesday. 

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