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Melinda French Gates meets with Biden, Hill officials

Melinda French Gates is staying visible with a Washington swing this week to visit White House and Hill officials to discuss issues important to her, especially paid leave, advisers tell me.

Driving the news: French Gates met at the White House yesterday with Chief of Staff Ron Klain and Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice, among other senior administration officials.

  • French Gates and her organization, Pivotal Ventures, have been longtime advocates for policies that are part of President Biden's infrastructure proposal, including paid leave and child care.
  • French Gatesis expected to meet with senators on Capitol Hill this morning, including Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the philanthropist's home state.

Zoom out: Last week, French Gates joined the Democratic Women’s Caucus to virtually kick off a meeting with remarks focused on caregiving, paid leave, and women’s economic empowerment.

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