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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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Committee Leaders Write to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Oversight Efforts

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: The Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on your confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Education (Department). The Department is under the Committee’s jurisdiction, so we are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your staff during the 115th Congress. A significant part of that r...

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Committee Leaders Write to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Oversight Efforts

The Honorable Thomas Price Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Secretary Price: The Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on your confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Department). The Department is under the Committee’s jurisdiction, so we are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your staff during t...

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Foxx Statement on Nomination of Acosta as Labor Secretary

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to serve as the secretary of labor: Alexander Acosta has the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to make a fine secretary of labor. We urgently need new leadership at the department who will take on the special interests and put America’s workers and job creators first. It’s my hope the Senate will thoroughly and swiftly vet M...

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