• H.R. 1406, The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013
    Apr 9, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: For many Americans, balancing the demands of family and the workplace can be difficult. State and local government employees have long been able to choose paid time off as compensation for working overtime hours, allowing these public-sector employees greater flexibility to meet family... More
  • H.R. 1406, The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013: Empowering Families and Protecting Workers
    Apr 9, 2013  - To help Americans balance the needs of family and work, Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) introduced the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406). This commonsense legislation would allow private-sector workers to choose paid time off or ‘comp time’ instead of cash wages as compensation for workin... More
  • The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act
    Feb 21, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Roughly 12 million Americans are unemployed and searching for work, yet the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports millions of job openings remain unfilled. One reason for this startling fact is a broken workforce development system. Despite a multi-billion dollar annual taxpayer investmen... More
  • H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012
    Mar 29, 2012  - THE PROBLEM: The federal government administers roughly 47 job training programs across nine agencies. Many of these programs overlap, and few have been evaluated for efficacy. This unwieldy system makes it more difficult for workers to access important job skills and assistance, and fails employer... More
  • H.R. 3610, the Streamlining Workforce Development Programs Act
    Dec 8, 2011  - THE PROBLEM: The nation's workforce development system, authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, is a confusing maze of programs. A 2011 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report identified 47 separate federal job training programs costing taxpayers $18 billion annually. Mos... More
  • H.R. 3611, the Local Job Opportunities and Business Success (JOBS) Act
    Dec 8, 2011  - THE PROBLEM: Access to effective job training opportunities and employment services is critical to building a more competitive workforce. Unfortunately, the nation’s workforce investment system is failing to meet the needs of today’s workers and employers. Federal requirements have left local workf... More
  • H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act
    Nov 18, 2011  - On October 5, 2011, Chairman John Kline (R-MN) introduced H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, which will protect employer's free speech and worker's free choice. On November 30, 2011, the bill was approved by the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 235 to 188. Backgro... More
  • H.R. 2117, The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act
    Jun 13, 2011  - Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, recently introduced the Protecting Academic Freedoms in Higher Education Act (H.R. 2117) to defend states, schools, and students from excessive regulatory burdens. THE PROBLEM: Late last year, the D... More
  • Workforce Investment Improvement Act (H.R. 4271)
    Dec 16, 2009  - Republicans are committed to a dynamic, results-oriented job training system that can effectively serve job seekers and workers in need of retraining. The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2009 (H.R. 4271) – introduced by Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), and fellow E... More
  • House Democrats Paint New Targets on Small Businesses
    Nov 5, 2009  - Small businesses are learning each day that Speaker Pelosi’s proposed government takeover of health care plan will be a bitter pill to swallow. Buried amid more than 2,000 pages of bureaucratic red tape are proposals that spell disaster for small businesses – the employers who create the majority of... More