The Associated Press, June 9, 2017
The AEI-Brookings plan, like the Trump plan, is for parents only, excluding care for sick relatives to save on costs. It calls for eight weeks of guaranteed paid parental leave at 70 percent of a person's wages, limited to $600 a week. It would be financed through the federal payroll tax on employees, as well as other budget savings, with states free to expand the benefits further if they can.
Abby McCloskey, a Republican economist who helped craft the alternative plan, said the original Trump idea was a "great start" that will encourage Republicans to start engaging the topic, but she was critical of its lack of a clear funding source. She said the "muted" reaction so far from politicians is because it presents problems for both parties.
"It's not as generous as Democrats would like, and it's an unfunded program, which Republicans don't like," she said. But she said the Trump team "seems very open to input and advice" and she was optimistic that common ground could be found."