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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • ICYMI: CRS Confirms Number of Able-Bodied Adults on Food Stamps Doubled After Obama Suspended Work Requirement
    Sep 19, 2012  - CRS report: number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled after Obama suspended work requirement Obama administration officials have insisted that their decision to grant states waivers to redefine work requirements for welfare recipients would not “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law. ... More
  • ICYMI: Bad old days of dependency back
    Aug 2, 2012  - What if we knew how to reduce by half the number of Americans dependent on welfare? What if we could — at the same time — significantly reduce poverty among children and single mothers? If we had such an effective poverty-fighting formula in place, surely we’d try to expand it, not toss it aside. Y... More
  • ICYMI: Farewell, Welfare Reform
    Jul 17, 2012  - On Thursday, President Obama, through the Department of Health and Human Services, quietly released an official policy directive. Utilizing an obscure legal device from the original Social Security Act, the administration claimed the right to waive the work requirements for able-bodied people that ... More
  • ICYMI: Judge Strikes Down Several Provisions of ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule
    Jul 2, 2012  - A federal judge has vacated several provisions of the controversial “gainful employment” rule, which the Department of Education issued last year in an effort to ensure that federal student-aid dollars flowing to vocational programs were good investments and helping prepare students for jobs that p... More
  • ICYMI: Student Loans and Double Standards
    Jun 13, 2012  - President Obama likes to say that everyone in America should "play by the same rules." Okay, so then why does the Administration's new student-loan rule apply to for-profit colleges, but not nonprofits? The regulations that go into effect in July cut off federal student aid to career and technical ... More
  • ICYMI: Market can fix student loans
    Jun 11, 2012  - By Rep. John Kline (R-MN) Unless Congress takes action, student loan interest rates for millions of borrowers will double in just a few short weeks. The House has already done its part by approving the Interest Rate Reduction Act, bipartisan legislation that will prevent a scheduled interest rate i... More
  • ICYMI: School officials fear a federal policy takeover
    May 24, 2012  - This week, the administration announced another version of the stimulus-era Race to the Top program, this time geared toward individual school districts. The new program is expected to cost taxpayers $400 million, and requires local school districts to adopt sweeping Department of Education mandate... More
  • ICYMI: The Woody Allen Rule
    May 15, 2012  - Some of the Obama Administration's worst regulatory abuses have arrived via the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—think of its lawsuit to stop Boeing from making airplanes in the right-to-work state of South Carolina. But such overreach is too much for at least one federal judge, who on Monday ... More
  • ICYMI: No Way Out of Default
    Apr 18, 2012  - Since Democrats put the Department of Education in charge of originating and overseeing every new higher education loan in the country, a growing number of borrowers have expressed frustration with a range of problems plaguing the Direct Loan Program, from poor customer service and breaches in perso... More
  • ICYMI: Who will rescue the D.C. voucher program this time?
    Apr 11, 2012  - The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) provides disadvantaged students in the nation’s capital the financial support and opportunity to access a better education. Since its inception in 2004, the program has rescued thousands of students from one of the most troubled public school systems i... More
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