In the news this week, Donald Trump announced his maternity leave plan. Hillary Clinton's maternity leave plan is here. I'm glad to see both Presidential candidates support paid maternity leave, but is there any chance we could get this legislation enacted before my child is born?
The main difference between the two plans is that Trump offers six weeks of paid maternal leave, whereas Clinton offers twelve weeks of paid family leave. Obviously, Clinton has a better offer, but since Trump's plan is less expensive, it's more likely to get through Congress.
Both candidates have plans for childcare, which is a whole 'nother beast. Clinton wants to cap childcare costs at 10%, while Trump's plan seems to give a 15% tax deduction for childcare. Obviously, childcare costs vary from place to place. Personally, I'd like to see a childcare plan which covers stay at home parents, like me. Sure, I'm not hiring a professional to watch my stepchild, but it's not like watching the kid is 100% free for me.