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Foxx Congratulates Acosta on Senate Confirmation

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor: America’s workers and employers desperately need a new direction at the Department of Labor. That day has finally come. I wish to congratulate Alexander Acosta on his confirmation to serve as labor secretary. This is an important responsibility that requires taking on powerful special interests and re...

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Foxx Reacts to Report on D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement in response to a report on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and its impact on student test scores: We always need to be honest about how students are performing in the classroom. We cannot overlook the challenges facing far too many public schools today, and we cannot ignore the disappointing findings in this report. Those who operate and participate in this importa...

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Foxx Statement: Hearing on "Strengthening Accreditation to Better Protect Students and Taxpayers"

Earlier this year, the committee met to examine some of the challenges facing America’s higher education system. Costs are rising at private and public institutions. Far too many individuals are failing to complete their education in a timely manner. Misguided rules are stifling innovation on campuses and creating new burdens on institutions across the country. At that same hearing we discussed opportunities to help address these challenges — opportunities like empowering students to make infor...

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Foxx Welcomes Review of K-12 Regulatory Policies

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order requiring the Department of Education to review K-12 regulatory policies: The committee is leading the way in reducing the federal footprint in our K-12 schools, and I have long worked to get Washington bureaucrats out of our nation’s classrooms. We made important progress in the Every Student Succeeds Act by empowering paren...

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Committee Approves Bill to Empower Workers, Families with Greater Flexibility

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), today approved H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017. Introduced by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), the legislation would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow private-sector employers to offer workers the choice of paid time off in lieu of cash wages for overtime hours worked. The bill passed by a vote of 22 to 16. “Outdated federal rules that demand rigid work schedules are making it more...

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Byrne Statement: Markup of H.R. 1180, the "Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017"

This bill is about empowering workers and families. It’s about giving moms and dads more flexibility to meet the demands of work and raising a family. And it’s about taking power out of Washington and putting it into the hands of individuals. For decades, Congress has tried to provide private-sector workers with the same flexible benefits enjoyed by public-sector workers. And as Chairwoman Foxx mentioned, even former President Bill Clinton supported an effort to allow private-sector workers to ...

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Foxx Statement: Markup of H.R. 1180, the "Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017"

This proposal is about time and flexibility. Across the country, there are many working parents struggling to find enough time to spend with their children; students doing their best to juggle a full-time job and earn a college degree; and employees in need of more time to care for an aging relative or fulfill other personal responsibilities. There are only so many hours in the day, and rigid 9 to 5 work schedules can make it difficult for many Americans to keep up with their personal and profe...

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