Trump's SOTU Endorsed Ivanka's Causes & Here's Why That's A Win For Her
Since Donald Trump took office in January 2017, America has wondered what type of role his eldest daughter would play in his decision-making. Though lots of women feel as though she's talked the talk but failed to walk the walk when it comes to influencing her father, Trump's SOTU did endorse Ivanka's causes. And that's a big plus for her.
In his address, though he didn't mention her name, Trump did mention two separate policies Ivanka has spearheaded within the Republican Party. First, he briefly touched on the child tax credit.
Back in November, a policy that would eventually succeed in doubling the child tax credit was added to the Senate tax bill.
In the months leading up to that point, Politico's Nancy Cook reported that Ivanka had been working to get more and more Republicans, tax experts, and think tanks on board with the idea. In a statement at the time, Ivanka said,
Secondly, during his SOTU, Trump mentioned the new family leave policy, an initiative Ivanka oversaw and pushed for consistently.
For Ivanka, paid family leave went hand in hand with the child tax credit. Both would ideally make things easier on working families. All the way back in July, the first daughter wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, explaining how she believed her policy would help American women. She wrote,
Though it's clear from Trump's speech that Ivanka has some sway over the president and the Republican Party, neither of her policies were necessarily all they were chalked up to be. Though the Senate tax plan did include a family leave policy, it was essentially a watered down version of what Ivanka had initially suggested. Instead of actually guaranteeing paid family leave, the policy offers tax incentives to companies that offer the plan to their employees.
And when it comes to the doubled child tax credit, there are some caveats. The policy allows a person to make 15 cents on every dollar earned. That means a single mom, for example, would have to make at least $50,000 in order to get a tax credit of $2,000 per child. In other words, the program won't make a huge difference for low-income Americans.
Still, the fact that Trump clearly supports Ivanka's initiatives — especially the family leave policy — hints that he believes in her. It's clear that he believes Ivanka's policies are vital to the future of America. And that's definitely a win for the first daughter.