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  • H.R. 2347: Representation Fairness Restoration Act
    Jun 13, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Unions have long tried to organize small groups or “units” of employees as an incremental step toward organizing an entire workplace. A standard used for decades by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) required a different approach, one that promoted unity in workplaces by includi... More
  • H.R. 2346: Secret Ballot Protection Act
    Jun 13, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: Under current federal labor law, workers choose whether or not to be represented by a union through a federally-supervised secret ballot election. However, workers can also organize through a ‘card check’ campaign, in which workers are asked to publicly declare their support for union ... More
  • H.R. 5: The Student Success Act
    Jun 6, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind, has been due for reauthorization since 2007. Despite its best intentions, there is widespread agreement that the current law is no longer effectively serving students. No Child Left Behind’s ‘Adequate ... More
  • H.R. 1949: The Improving Postsecondary Education Data for Students Act
    May 13, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: In recent years, the federal government has taken steps to improve data collection and transparency in the higher education system. Under Republican leadership, the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act included several provisions to provide students and families with the da... More
  • H.R. 1911: The Smarter Solutions for Students Act
    May 9, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: In 2007, the Democrat-led Congress approved legislation to temporarily phase down the interest rate on subsidized Stafford Loans made to undergraduate students from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent over four years. Once the law expired in 2012, the interest rates would jump back to 6.8 perce... More
  • 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
  • H.R. 1120, the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act
    Mar 13, 2013  - THE PROBLEM: In January 2012, President Obama installed three so-called recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while Congress was not in recess. In the wake of the president’s unprecedented action, efforts to overturn board rulings were initiated in various federal courts on the ... More
  • Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act
    Feb 28, 2013  - Courtesy of the Committees on Ways and Means and Education and the Workforce BACKGROUND: Seventeen years ago, a Republican-led Congress worked with President Bill Clinton to fix a broken welfare system. President Clinton rallied the nation to “end welfare as we know it” and his call to action was we... 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