Tuesday, July 23, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
SVC 212-10, Capitol Visitor Center
American conservatism has long been defined by its reluctance to expand federal government power. Yet Donald Trump became president with the backing of most conservative voters with a policy agenda that was at best agnostic on this question and in many respects favored a significant expansion of federal power. One important part of that agenda was the creation of a federally-financed family leave policy.
On July 23, 2019, EPPC convened conservative advocates and opponents of paid family leave, and policymakers working on this issue, for a conversation about the idea’s philosophical and practical implications. This half-day event, consisting of two panels, asked whether conservative principles will support such an idea and, if so, what alternatives might be pursued to create an effective, yet limited, program.
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Debate: Conservatism and PFL Compatible?
Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Senior Fellow, Independent Women’s Forum
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Veronique de Rugy
Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
PFL Plan Tradeoffs: Drafting A Workable Blueprint
Policy Advisor, office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio
Legislative Director, office of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst
Legislative Director, office of U.S. Sen. Mike Lee
- The Atlantic: The Conservative Argument Over Paid Family Leave
- National Review Online: Is Paid Family Leave Conservative?
- The Daily Signal: Podcast: Why Government-Funded Maternity Leave Is Not the Answer