While Hillary Clinton is staying home sick for a few days, Donald Trump is expected to announce a plan to make sure new mothers get to take some time off, too.
His plan, which the Washington Post reported will be unveiled Tuesday night in Pennsylvania, may be banking on the billionaire’s boast that he knows how to create jobs. To guarantee six weeks paid maternity leave, a Trump administration would make cuts to federal unemployment insurance policies, according to a memo sent to the Post.
The current unemployment rate in the United States was 4.9 percent in August, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment insurance varies depending on the state, as do maximum weekly benefit amounts. Arizona maxes out at $240 a week, for example, while Connecticut maxes out at $598 a week. The maximum number of weeks someone can remain on unemployment also ranges. It was unclear exactly what cuts Trump would make to the federal unemployment insurance program.
Those changes are expected to be detailed alongside several other policy proposals to help families lower childcare costs. That Clinton is taking some time to rest after a pneumonia diagnosis when Trump is detailing the plans is notable: She has made child care a major policy concern of hers in her over two decades in the public eye and has had a detailed plan on paid leave available to the public for months.
Child care costs have skyrocketed in the United States and can reach levels similar to or above college tuition. Trump's solution is tax deductions. The plan, which was pushed by his daughter Ivanka, “will rewrite the tax code to allow working parents to deduct from their income taxes child-care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents,” the Post reported. The deductions will be capped at average cost of care by state and wouldn’t be available to high wage earners.
Clinton’s child care plan would require the government to pick up around 80 percent of the cost, according to Time. Her plan would include free public pre-kindergarten for everyone, higher pay for child care workers and a cap of 10 percent of a family’s income that can go toward child care through a tax credit. Clinton also wants to guarantee 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.
The two child care plans would benefit different groups of people. An analysis by the Post of Trump's broader proposal and Clinton's shows that wealthier families would benefit from Trump's ideas while working poor families would be helped more by Clinton's policies.
Trump’s Tuesday night speech in Aston, Pennsylvania can be viewed below at 7:30 p.m. EDT.