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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • ICYMI: Press Reports Highlight Hearing on Harmful Consequences of Unionizing Student Athletes
    May 9, 2014  - The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on Thursday to examine a recent National Labor Relations Board decision to define certain student athletes “employees.” As various news reports show, members discussed the challenges facing student athletes and expressed concerns that un... More
  • ICYMI: Administration Awarded Two Pinocchios for Gainful Employment Claim
    Apr 11, 2014  - Despite facing broad opposition from the education stakeholders, elected officials, and the federal court system, the Obama administration is moving forward with a so-called gainful employment regulation that will harm low-income students and threaten the strength of our higher education system. In... More
  • ICYMI: A Federal Anti-Education Plan
    Nov 20, 2013  - By Bob Kerrey and Jeffrey T. Leeds Virtually all middle-class jobs now require postsecondary skills and credentials. Yet as many middle- and lower-income families and students adjust to the reality that college has become a necessity rather than a luxury, the luxury price tag that college commands ... More
  • ICYMI: Senate should reach accord with House on student loan rates
    Jul 10, 2013  - The Senate is set to consider on Wednesday the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act, in what could be the chamber’s only reaction to the recent doubling of a low student-loan interest rate. We are all for taming college costs. But lawmakers should reject this pathetic non-solution and put their effort... More
  • ICYMI: Elizabeth Warren and Harry Reid fight Obama and the GOP on student loans
    Jul 3, 2013  - If you think the federal student-loan program looks like a bad deal for taxpayers, imagine how it would look with honest accounting. And now you don't need to imagine thanks to a new report that's receiving far too little attention. Turns out that the official "savings" for taxpayers of $184 billio... More
  • ICYMI: Student loan rates: Let the market decide, not politicians
    Jun 12, 2013  - There may be few issues that Republicans and Democrats agree on these days, but protecting college students and graduates from sky-high student loan rates should be one of them. The Smarter Solutions for Students Act, currently pending before the Senate, ties student loan rates to the market instea... More
  • ICYMI: Rep. Messer Calls on President, Senate to Join House Effort to Prevent Student Loan Rate Hike
    Jun 10, 2013  - On Saturday Representative Luke Messer (R-IN) discussed the Smarter Solutions for Students Act (H.R. 1911) in the weekly GOP address. Recently approved by the House of Representatives, this commonsense legislation would stop new subsidized student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st. Durin... More
  • ICYMI: Kline: Remove politicians' role, align rates with free market
    Jun 3, 2013  - By Rep. John Kline (R-MN) Last summer, debate about student loans reached a fever pitch thanks to a scheduled increase in the interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans made to undergraduate students. The president began touring college campuses, calling on Congress to prevent the increase that hi... More
  • ICYMI: Obama's Student-Loan Props
    May 31, 2013  - President Obama's 2014 budget calls on Congress to prevent a doubling of interest rates on student loans and make the rates "more market-based." Last week House Republicans and four Democrats voted to prevent the rates from doubling and make the rates more market-based. Naturally, Mr. Obama is sitt... More
  • Kline and Foxx: Getting politics out of student loans
    May 23, 2013  - Bipartisan compromise is tough to find in Washington right now — but when there is opportunity for agreement, we owe it to the American people to take action. In the coming weeks, millions of student-loan borrowers could see their interest rates double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. We’re in this... More
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