On the Record With Brit Hume FOX News September 13, 2016 4:50pm-4:59pm PDT
this is a fox news alert. ivanka trump is on stage right now sprucing her father who is about to make a speech on child care. let's listen. stories like these go straight to my heart, and they have sealed my beliefs there has to be a better way. i have three young children myself, and i'm grateful daily for the means to pursue two of my dreams, being a mother and investing in a career that fulfills me. i recognize that far too few women can say the same for themselves and that i am more fortunate than most. this must change. as a society, we need to create policies that champion all parents enabling the american family to thrive. my dad agrees and he is in a very unique position to do something about this problem and numerous other problems facing tens of millions of parents and caregivers across our country.
today, child care is the single greatest expense for many american families, even exceeding the cost of housing in much of the country. it's depleting the hard earned savings of men and women across our nation and it's at the root of wage inequality by disproportionately affecting women. the federal policies that are in place to benefit families were written more than 65 years ago to serve a primarily male workforce that no longer exists. dual income families were in the form in 1949 when tax code regarding families were established. today, however, women represent 47% of the u.s. labor force. and in almost two thirds ever married couples, both spouses work outside of the home. 70% of mothers with children at home also work in a professional capacity and 64% of these moms have kids age 6 and under.
the number of household led by single mothers has doubled in the last 30 years. and approximately two thirds of these women work in low wage jobs that offer neither flexibility nor benefits. my father has created a plan that is designed to bring relief and to provide working parents with options so that they can make the decisions that are in the best interest of their families. safe, afford being, high quality child care should not be the luxury of a for that the few. historically, this has not been an area that has received nearly as much attention in the policy world as it deserves. while there are systems in place for older children, hardly any intellectual energy has been devoted to addressing the needs of families with children from birth to 4 years old in particular, little focus has been put on how best to eleave united states the
enormous burdens places on low income and middle income families. at the same time, the united states is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not provide new mothers with paid maternity leave. my father's policy will give paid leave to mothers whose employers are among the almost 90% of u.s. businesses that currently do not offer this benefit. this is a reform that is of critical value and long overdue. my father's plan also recognizes and supports the many women who may not be mothers but who have left paying jobs to provide elderly dependents. this is another example routinely ignored by federal policies. having employed and empowered thousands of women at every level of his company throughout his entire career, my father understands the needs of the modern workforce and is offering a new and
innovative solution where others have not. my father's plan also acknowledges the vital contribution of stay-at-home moms and parents, fathers and mothers. who will ensure that they, too, will receive these new tax benefits. raising children full time is one of the hardest jobs anyone can do. and it's essential that our policies recognize and honor that reality. as an employer, a mother, and a woman who works both inside and outside the home, these are topics i consider of critical importance. the policy my father is if b. to outline is one i have helped conceptualize and ensuring its enactment will be one of my top priorities when he is elected come november. [cheers and applause]
this is not a woman's issue. it's a family issue. it's an american issue. it's an issue that's often been discussed but is yet to be solved. my father plans to change that. and now he will tell you how. it is with great admiration and respect that i introduce to you our next president and my father, donald j. trump. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, thank you everybody. that's nice. beautiful. thank you very much. and i want to applaud my daughter ivanka for her work
and leadership on this issue. [ applause ] >> she has been working so very hard. ivanka has been deeply invested in this since long before the campaign began. i can tell you that and i'm very grateful to her for her work, her efforts, and this proposal, which we're going to be outlining right away. i think it's going to make a lot of people very, very happy, a lot of moms very happy. i want to also take a moment to recognize congresswoman cathy mcmorris rogers, the chair woman of the house republican conference. and a mother of three small children, who has been such a leader and worked so hard with us. so, cathy, we want to thank you very much. also, woor joined tonight by amazing members of congress in our audience. congresswoman blackburn,
loomis, black, hartzler, and emler, come on, they worked so hard on this. come on up. >> somebody goat up and say something. >> i will tell you, my name is marcia blackburn. i'm from the great state of tennessee. i want to say thank you to all of you for the warm reception that you have given to us i want to say a special thank you to mr. trump focusing on the issues that affect working women is something that is vitally important to each of
us standing on this stage. we come from a variety of background. we have a nurse. we have farmers. we have ranchers. we have teachers. we have small business owners and entrepreneurs that's the skill set that we bring to congress and the experience that we draw from. we know each of you are much like us. those are the experiences that you have. we know there are issues when it comes to child care, when it comes to dealing with the work place. and just as ivanka said, so perfectly, this is a family issue we know women want more money what do women want? more time. and we are thrilled to finally have a president of the united states who is going to put the focus on