Many specialists in family leave policy say the tax credits included in the new federal law are too small to persuade most employers to offer such benefits.
The tax overhaul uses an alternative measure of inflation that will show less upward pressure on prices. That means tax brackets will adjust upward less often, making many people pay more.
Congressional Republicans delivered on their first major legislative accomplishment of the Trump era on Wednesday, when the House voted 224-201 to pass the tax package.
Republicans tried last summer to expand the use of these tax-advantaged accounts that are linked to high-deductible health plans. But their expansion proposal didn't make it into the tax bill.
A controversial provision that would have taxed grad students' tuition waivers was removed in the final version of the GOP tax bill. The measure, which was part of the House tax bill, drew protests.
Republicans in Congress are likely to pass their tax bill this week, raising questions about House Speaker Paul Ryan's future and what, if anything, will happen next year
"We're going to make our tax system work for you again," Trump said Wednesday, the same day that House and Senate GOP lawmakers announced they have a final tax package they think they can pass soon.
The tax bill provided an opportunity for President Trump to show his priorities. But so much of it is traditionally Republican and doesn't offer the kind of help for the working class he promised.
They say the Republican tax proposals encourage companies to buy robots instead of hiring people and creating jobs. Some employers and economist say the bill should promote training instead.
Big-money donors can already donate anonymously through social welfare groups. If Congress keeps a provision in the House tax bill, it would allow charitable organizations to play politics.