WASHINGTON – During tonight’s State of the Union address, President Trump touted the fact that his new budget includes a plan for paid family leave, highlighting the issue as a key domestic policy priority:

“I am also proud to be the first President to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave — so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.”

In a statement released following the speech, Terry Schilling, executive director of American Principles Project, praised the President’s proposal as an important pro-family initiative and urged Congress to act on the issue:

“In emphasizing his plan for paid family leave tonight, President Trump has once again proven he is serious about helping American families.

“Working families are facing unprecedented difficulties in our country right now, both financial and social. Our government should be doing everything possible to encourage and assist parents, and this proposal is an important piece to the puzzle, giving parents the flexibility to devote more time and resources to their newborn children.

“We applaud President Trump and his administration for their continued efforts in support of families, and we urge Congress to immediately follow the President’s lead and pass a robust, fiscally responsible paid family leave plan.”

To schedule an interview with Terry Schilling, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.