The issue itself has been kicking around for a couple of years now, but the US Senate Finance Committee this week advanced the priority of the issue with the appointment of a bi-partisan work group to study federal family leave. Senator Maggie Hassan, a democrat from New Hampshire will co-chair the federal family leave work group with republican Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy. The working group, which will be comprised of 8 Senators with 4 appointed from each party, will study the myriad proposals that have been filed in Congress, including one filed by democratic presidential candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand that would be funded by a new payroll tax, others filed by republican Senators Rubio, Ernst and Lee (allowing for use of Social Security benefits), as well as those which presidential adviser and First Daughter Ivanka Trump has advocated. In addition, the working group will study a host of other paid leave programs implemented by different states.