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House, Senate Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While Student Aid Tool Is Unavailable

Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively; Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively; and 39 additional members of the Senate and House Education committees sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking the department to take action to help alleviate com...

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President Signs Resolution Blocking Harmful Blacklisting Rule

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) released the following statements after President Trump signed H. J. Res 37 into law. The resolution blocks the Obama administration’s flawed and unnecessary “blacklisting” rule under the Congressional Review Act. “The flawed blacklisting rule was always completely unnecessary. There has long been a system in place to hold federal contractors accountable, and the best way t...

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Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While FAFSA Tool Is Unavailable

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On March 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a joint press release announcing the temporary suspension of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) due to privacy concerns. Protecting taxpayer and student privacy is vitally important, and we are concerned about any potential attempts to misuse se...

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Foxx Statement on American Health Care Act

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement on the American Health Care Act: We made a promise to deliver the free-market, patient-centered health care reforms the American people deserve, and today’s actions do not change our determination to keep our promise. We will continue to advance solutions that provide relief to the millions of hardworking men and women struggling under the consequences of Obamacare. W...

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House Passes Small Business Health Fairness Act

The House of Representatives today passed the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101), legislation that would expand health care coverage and lower costs for working families. Introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, the legislation empowers small businesses to band together though association health...

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ICYMI: Save Small Business from Obamacare

Save Small Business from Obamacare By Reps. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini warned last month that the Affordable Care Act is in a “death spiral.” Because ObamaCare is failing, we are debating how best to repeal and replace it. But amid this debate, it’s important to remember the people ObamaCare is hurting. Here is what Kathy, who owns a company in Missouri, told the House Ways and Means Committee: “As a small business owner, I recall the days before the ACA ...

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What They’re Saying: “Small Business Health Fairness Act” Is Good for Workers and Job Creators

Faced with rising costs and limited choices, workers are struggling to find the health care coverage they and their families need. And those employed by our nation’s small businesses face particularly tough challenges. Since 2008, the share of small businesses with less than 10 employees offering health care coverage has dropped by a staggering 36 percent. Additionally, the cost of health insurance continues to be a top concern for small business owners. House Republicans are determined to provi...

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