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Secretary Knows Best?

The Obama administration has always had a “we-know-best” mentality when it comes to K-12 education. The Department of Education has spent years unilaterally dictating education policy through pet projects and conditional waivers. Last year, former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan boasted that the department’s lawyers are “much smarter than many of the folks” working in the United States Congress. And in recent months, the department has put forward new rules that reflect the same old top-down ...

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House Passes Bill to Improve Juvenile Justice System, Help Vulnerable Youth Find a Better Way

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) today praised House passage of H.R. 5963, the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act. Introduced by Rep. Curbelo and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act to help state and local leaders better serve at-risk youth and juvenile offenders. The House passed the bill by a v...

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Kline Statement on Education Department’s Termination of ACICS Recognition

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s decision to terminate federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS): The department has taken an unprecedented action that could disrupt the education of hundreds of thousands of students, particularly low-income and minority students. Hundreds of colleges will be forced to scramble ...

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A Modern Multiemployer Pension System Would Protect Workers, Retirees, Employers, and Taxpayers

The Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), today held a hearing to receive public feedback on a discussion draft to modernize multiemployer pensions. Released by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the draft proposal would authorize "composite" multiemployer plans, an innovative retirement plan option for workers and employers. The proposal represents the next step in the committee’s ongoing ef...

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Committee Leaders Respond to Government Watchdog Report on OFCCP Enforcement Efforts

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, issued the following joint statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report concerning the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which is responsible for enforcing employment nondiscrimination policies for federal contractors: This report demonstrates that there...

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Roe Statement: Hearing on “Discussion Draft to Modernize Multiemployer Pensions”

We are here to discuss an issue that is vitally important to Americans from all walks of life: retirement security. This is a leading priority for millions of hardworking men and women, and that is why it’s a leading priority for Republicans and Democrats alike. Strengthening retirement security has always been a difficult challenge with no easy answers. It’s one that demands thoughtful dialogue, bipartisan cooperation, and meaningful reforms. That’s exactly what our committee has been engaged i...

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Walberg Introduces Legislation to Delay Overtime Rule, Protect Workers, Students, and Small Businesses

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, today introduced the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094), legislation to require a six-month delay in the effective date of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. Without congressional action, on December 1, 2016, drastic changes to federal overtime policies will take effect, resulting in harmful consequences for workers, small businesses, nonprofit organization...

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