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ICYMI: In Foxx, Trump & DeVos Have a Staunch Education Ally

By Christopher Beach With control of all three branches of government, Republicans are set on unraveling President Obama's education legacy and pushing an unprecedented amount of funding and authority back to states. Leading this charge is Rep. Virginia Foxx, the newly appointed chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Her mission, as she told RealClearPolitics in an interview for the new episode of the “First 100 Days” podcast series, is to make the federal government “as...

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Foxx Statement on Administration's Title IX Action

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's Title IX action: No administration should circumvent the law to advance its own political agenda, but that's exactly what the Obama administration did with this so-called guidance. Schools that refused to follow this unilateral decree would have risked losing funding intended to support low-income students and families. This ...

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ICYMI: Arkansas Entrepreneur Tells U.S. House Panel That Regulations Threaten Survival of Company

The rules and regulations implementing federal wage and hour standards are overly complex, burdensome, and outdated, creating significant challenges for workers and small business owners. For Rhea Lana Riner, the confusing maze of rules and red tape forced her to confront costly litigation that could put her out of business and jeopardize valuable opportunities for families in need. She recently testified before the committee to share her story. Arkansas Entrepreneur Tells U.S. House Panel That...

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Overturning OSHA's Unlawful Power Grab

BACKGROUND: Protecting America’s workers from injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace is an important national priority. That’s why Republicans have repeatedly called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to collaborate with employers, independent safety experts, and other interested stakeholders to close gaps in safety and improve enforcement of health and safety standards. Unfortunately, under the Obama administration, OSHA took a more punitive approach. As o...

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Byrne Moves to Overturn OSHA’s Unlawful Power Grab

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, today introduced a resolution of disapproval (H. J. Res 83) under the Congressional Review Act to overturn an unlawful power grab by the Obama administration and reject a failed approach to workplace safety. The resolution would block the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) unlawful “Volks” rule from taking effect and encourage a more proactive approach to worker health and safety policies. Chair...

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More Responsible Wage and Hour Rules Would Empower Workers, Small Businesses

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), held a hearing this week to review federal rules implementing wage and hour protections and how they apply to the unique needs of today’s workforce. Members also discussed regulatory changes advanced by the Obama administration and the need for pro-growth solutions that empower working families and small businesses to succeed. “The American people have clearly spoken, and they expect their leaders in Washington to p...

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Committee Leaders Promise Robust Oversight of New Administration in Letters to ED, HHS Secretaries

Leaders of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today expressed their commitment to hold the administration accountable to the American people through robust congressional oversight efforts in the 115th Congress. In separate letters to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and subcommittee chairmen wrote: [We] are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your sta...

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