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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

  • Charter Schools: We Want to Break Through the Partisan Gridlock
    Apr 8, 2014  - By Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) As strong advocates for parental school choice, we were pleased that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was open to learning about the tremendous opportunities that charter schools can offer students and families. His decision to allow co... More
  • Obama Appointments Unconstitutional
    Jun 20, 2013  - Obama Appointments Unconstitutional On January 4, 2012, President Obama made three so-called recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was not in recess. These appointments were unprecedented—no other president has made recess appointments while the Senate wa... More
  • State of the Union Preview: Five Questions the President Must Answer
    Feb 12, 2013  - The nation will tune in tonight to hear President Obama discuss the State of the Union. As is always the case with this solemn occasion, Americans from every walk of life will listen closely as the president outlines the challenges we face and offers his ideas for leading the country toward a bright... More
  • Ensuring Access to a Quality Education: What the Chicago Teacher Strike Says About School Choice
    Sep 11, 2012  - Leave it to a kid to succinctly get to the heart of a complicated issue. When asked for his thoughts on his city’s ongoing teacher strike, Chicago charter school student Andy Anderson told CBS News the strike forces his friends at traditional public schools to spend the day "sitting at home, frying ... More
  • ICYMI: Helping Workers and Protecting Taxpayers
    Aug 30, 2011  - By Reps. John Kline and Joe Heck Nevada citizens know far too well the difficult challenges facing families and workers. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor, unemployment in the Silver State stands at 12.9%, and for 30 straight months, state unemployment has been far greate... More
  • The Hill: Why charter schools deserve our support
    May 9, 2011  - By Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) Many students get trapped in failing schools and need a way out and public charter schools offer that opportunity. Charter schools serve as a consistently high-quality alternative to some failing public schools. They put a real premium on quality education and are often h... More
  • Looking to Tennessee’s 4th District for Ideas and Innovation
    Apr 20, 2011  - Despite recent improvements in the national jobs numbers, unemployment remains well above average here in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District. With more than 32,000 people out of work in our district, growing the local economy and fostering job creation continues to be the number one priority fo... More
  • GOP Chairmen: D.C. Scholarship Program Offers 'Immediate Assistance' to Students in Need
    Mar 30, 2011  - On January 26, 2011, House Speaker John Boehner introduced the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act (H.R. 471). The legislation would reauthorize a successful and popular program that provides low-income D.C. families with a scholarship to remove their children from failing public sch... More
  • Promoting Local Ideas for Education and Jobs
    Mar 21, 2011  - In February, the national unemployment rate dropped below 9 percent for the first time in nearly two years. While any sign of improvement in our economy is welcome news, there are still more than 13 million Americans out of work. Here in Pennsylvania, nearly 523,000 workers remain jobless. We have a... More
  • Local Innovation Key to Region's Economic Recovery
    Mar 20, 2011  - It’s been said that Washington, D.C., is 10 square miles surrounded by reality. Too often, policymakers in our nation’s capital get caught up in the rhetoric and lose sight of the fact that ours is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And right now, what the people want is ... More
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