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President Signs Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) issued the following statements after President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (S. 524), a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to fight the nation’s growing opioid epidemic. Included in the law is a legislative proposal, the Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act (H.R. 4843), that will strengthen protections for infants born with drug exposure. Championed by Rep...

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Adding Fuel to the Fire

College affordability is increasingly on the minds of more and more Americans—particularly with students preparing to head off to college and a national election on the horizon. Unfortunately, as college costs continue to rise, one “solution” being discussed would only add fuel to the fire. According to research from the American Action Forum, expansions in federal tuition subsidies have been the “driving force behind tuition increases.” Still, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is toutin...

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Changing the Game in American Education with CTE

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587) continues to gain positive reaction from education leaders and job creators. Introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), the bill will help more students acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce by improving federal support for career and technical education. Stanley S. Litlow, a vice president at IBM and former deputy chancellor of the New York City public sch...

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Reforms Needed to Modernize the American Workforce

Helping Americans succeed in the workforce is a leading priority for members on the Education and the Workforce Committee. That’s why the committee unanimously passed a bill to strengthen career and technical education and help prepare more students for today’s high-demand jobs. Mark MacCarthy, vice president for public policy at the Software & Information Industry Association, wrote in The Hill how this bipartisan proposal will “ensure that technical education can anticipate the demand for job...

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“Obamacare Is Unraveling”

We’re now six years into the government takeover of health care, and the president’s unworkable health care law continues to unravel and create more hardship for working families. Stories across the country serve as a painful daily reminder of the broken promises surrounding this failed law. Promise: “This legislation will also lower costs for families and for businesses …” – President Obama Reality: Health care costs are skyrocketing. “Get ready for big increases in premiums under the Affordabl...

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NLRB: Destroying Opportunity Since 2009

The Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is always finding new ways to make it harder for workers to succeed. In recent years, there have been “ambush” elections and job-destroying micro-unions, diktats to private businesses on where to create jobs, and restrictions on the right to secret ballot elections. We could go on, and sadly, it looks like the NLRB is just getting warmed up. This week, the partisan NLRB created another hurdle for workers trying to climb the economic ladder — partic...

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Foxx: Educational Success Is About More Than Just a Degree

Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) spoke on the House floor today to emphasize the important role career and technical education, or CTE, plays in preparing students to compete in the workforce. As she explained, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587) “goes a long way toward ensuring that individuals who pursue a technical education have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.” [The...

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