image description

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** "Dirty Jobs" Host Mike Rowe to Testify on the Need to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

On Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Providing More Students a Pathway to Success by Strengthening Career and Technical Education.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Signed into law in 1984, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act provides federal support to state and local career and technical ...

image description

ICYMI: In Foxx, Trump & DeVos Have a Staunch Education Ally

By Christopher Beach With control of all three branches of government, Republicans are set on unraveling President Obama's education legacy and pushing an unprecedented amount of funding and authority back to states. Leading this charge is Rep. Virginia Foxx, the newly appointed chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Her mission, as she told RealClearPolitics in an interview for the new episode of the “First 100 Days” podcast series, is to make the federal government “as...

image description

Foxx Statement on Administration's Title IX Action

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's Title IX action: No administration should circumvent the law to advance its own political agenda, but that's exactly what the Obama administration did with this so-called guidance. Schools that refused to follow this unilateral decree would have risked losing funding intended to support low-income students and families. This ...

image description

ICYMI: Arkansas Entrepreneur Tells U.S. House Panel That Regulations Threaten Survival of Company

The rules and regulations implementing federal wage and hour standards are overly complex, burdensome, and outdated, creating significant challenges for workers and small business owners. For Rhea Lana Riner, the confusing maze of rules and red tape forced her to confront costly litigation that could put her out of business and jeopardize valuable opportunities for families in need. She recently testified before the committee to share her story. Arkansas Entrepreneur Tells U.S. House Panel That...

image description

Overturning OSHA's Unlawful Power Grab

BACKGROUND: Protecting America’s workers from injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace is an important national priority. That’s why Republicans have repeatedly called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to collaborate with employers, independent safety experts, and other interested stakeholders to close gaps in safety and improve enforcement of health and safety standards. Unfortunately, under the Obama administration, OSHA took a more punitive approach. As o...

See More
image description

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** "Dirty Jobs" Host Mike Rowe to Testify on the Need to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

On Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Providing More Students a Pathway to Success by Strengthening Career and Technical Education.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Signed into law in 1984, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act provides federal support to state and local career and technical ...

image description

Foxx Statement on Administration's Title IX Action

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's Title IX action: No administration should circumvent the law to advance its own political agenda, but that's exactly what the Obama administration did with this so-called guidance. Schools that refused to follow this unilateral decree would have risked losing funding intended to support low-income students and families. This ...

image description

Byrne Moves to Overturn OSHA’s Unlawful Power Grab

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, today introduced a resolution of disapproval (H. J. Res 83) under the Congressional Review Act to overturn an unlawful power grab by the Obama administration and reject a failed approach to workplace safety. The resolution would block the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) unlawful “Volks” rule from taking effect and encourage a more proactive approach to worker health and safety policies. Chair...

image description

More Responsible Wage and Hour Rules Would Empower Workers, Small Businesses

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), held a hearing this week to review federal rules implementing wage and hour protections and how they apply to the unique needs of today’s workforce. Members also discussed regulatory changes advanced by the Obama administration and the need for pro-growth solutions that empower working families and small businesses to succeed. “The American people have clearly spoken, and they expect their leaders in Washington to p...

image description

Committee Leaders Promise Robust Oversight of New Administration in Letters to ED, HHS Secretaries

Leaders of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today expressed their commitment to hold the administration accountable to the American people through robust congressional oversight efforts in the 115th Congress. In separate letters to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and subcommittee chairmen wrote: [We] are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your sta...

See More
image description

Overturning OSHA's Unlawful Power Grab

BACKGROUND: Protecting America’s workers from injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace is an important national priority. That’s why Republicans have repeatedly called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to collaborate with employers, independent safety experts, and other interested stakeholders to close gaps in safety and improve enforcement of health and safety standards. Unfortunately, under the Obama administration, OSHA took a more punitive approach. As o...

image description

Small Business Health Fairness Act Fact Sheet

BACKGROUND: Employers play an important role in providing America’s working families with access to affordable health care coverage. Unfortunately, small businesses have been hit especially hard by flawed mandates, soaring costs, and limited choices under Obamacare. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the number one challenge facing small businesses in 2016 was the cost of health care. Since 2008, approximately 36 percent of small businesses with fewer than 10 employee...

image description

Protecting Retirement Savers, Taxpayers, and Small Businesses

THE PROBLEM: For decades, there has been a uniform set of federal policies governing employer-provided retirement plans to ensure clear rules of the road for employers to follow and strong protections for America’s workers and retirees. However, in 2016, the Obama administration finalized regulations establishing a “safe harbor” from those long-standing rules that would pave the way to government-run IRAs managed by states and certain municipalities. As a result, some employers would be forced ...

image description

Protecting a Limited Federal Role in Education

THE PROBLEM For years, one-size-fits-all federal policies made it difficult for state and local leaders to provide their students with a high-quality education. Under the Obama administration, the federal government’s control over K-12 education only got worse. Through waivers and pet projects, the Obama Department of Education increased the federal role in America’s classrooms, micromanaging decisions best left to parents and state and local education leaders. Fortunately, Congress replaced th...

image description

The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act

BACKGROUND The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes important protections for America’s workers. For example, certain workers are entitled to overtime pay, which is defined as time-and-one-half the employees’ regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours a week. Workers who are exempt from overtime must be paid above a minimum salary threshold and perform certain duties. However, despite the importance of these protections, the regulatory structure implementing the law is overly co...

See More
image description

Byrne Statement: Hearing on “Federal Wage and Hour Policies in the Twenty-First Century Economy”

In recent years, working families and small businesses have faced significant challenges as they’ve struggled through the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Since 2009, the economy grew at an average annual pace of just 1.5 percent. The net result is limited opportunity for hardworking men and women. In fact, the labor force participation rate has dropped to 62.9 percent — nearly the lowest level in decades. Wage growth remains largely stagnant, as the average hourly earnings ...

image description

Rokita Statement: Hearing on "Providing Vulnerable Youth the Hope of a Brighter Future Through Juvenile Justice Reform"

Of course, juvenile justice reform isn’t just a concern for those of us here today. It’s something that has long been a national priority. Through their juvenile justice systems, state and local leaders are working to promote communities that are safe. Communities that help children learn and grow into productive members of society. Communities that provide opportunities for all children — regardless of their background or past mistakes — to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. For deca...

image description

Walberg Statement: Hearing on "Restoring Balance and Fairness to the National Labor Relations Board"

After years of struggling through an anemic economy, sluggish job growth, rising health care costs, and stagnant wages, the American people are expecting — in fact, they are demanding — a new direction for this country. They want policymakers to advance a bold, pro-growth agenda that will reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses, deliver a stronger, healthier economy, and provide hope and prosperity to families and future generations. The American people are looking for a better way, an...

image description

Foxx Statement: Consideration of H. J. Res. 57

For years, the federal government operated under the flawed idea that Washington knows best when it comes to education. Policies put in place in recent decades vastly expanded the federal footprint into K-12 schools and prevented state and local education leaders from delivering the high-quality education all children deserve. Something needed to change, yet under the Obama administration the problem only got worse. For years, the last administration used regulations, waivers, and pet projects ...

image description

Rokita Statement: Consideration of H. J. Res. 57

I rise today in strong support of H. J. Res. 57, and I yield myself such time as I may consume. Under No Child Left Behind, states and school districts were forced into a rigid one-size-fits-all accountability system that heavily dictated how they would gauge and address school performance. The system represented a top-down approach to K-12 education, and it didn’t work. That’s why, a little more than a year ago, Congress passed — and former President Obama signed into law — the bipartisan Ever...

See More
image description

Committee Leaders Write to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Oversight Efforts

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: The Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on your confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Education (Department). The Department is under the Committee’s jurisdiction, so we are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your staff during the 115th Congress. A significant part of that r...

image description

Committee Leaders Write to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Oversight Efforts

The Honorable Thomas Price Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Secretary Price: The Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on your confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Department). The Department is under the Committee’s jurisdiction, so we are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your staff during t...

image description

House and Senate Committee Members Write to Education Department on "Supplement Not Supplant" Proposed Regulation

The Honorable John B. King, Jr. Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Re: RIN 1810-AB33 Proposed Rule on Implementing the Supplement, Not Supplant Provision Under Title I of the ESEA Dear Secretary King: We respectfully submit these comments in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to create new regulations to implement programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student S...

image description

Committee Renews Demand for Information on OSHA Joint Employer Proposal

Dear Secretary Perez: Pursuant to Rule X of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) commenced on October 13, 2015, an oversight inquiry into the development of an “investigatory tool” by the Department of Labor (Department) to determine whether employers have joint liability for violations of workplace safety laws. From the Department’s initial two-page response through its latest revelation that there are an additional 3,300 pages of yet-unpr...

image description

Committee Raises Concerns with FSA Management, Single Servicer Proposal

Dear Secretary King: To address “the inability of the Department of Education to adequately manage” student financial aid, Congress designated the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) as a performance-based organization. In exchange for greater operational flexibility, FSA is expected to deliver performance-driven results and improved service and accountability. In reviewing reports published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector Gene...

See More
image description

ICYMI: In Foxx, Trump & DeVos Have a Staunch Education Ally

By Christopher Beach With control of all three branches of government, Republicans are set on unraveling President Obama's education legacy and pushing an unprecedented amount of funding and authority back to states. Leading this charge is Rep. Virginia Foxx, the newly appointed chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Her mission, as she told RealClearPolitics in an interview for the new episode of the “First 100 Days” podcast series, is to make the federal government “as...

image description

ICYMI: Arkansas Entrepreneur Tells U.S. House Panel That Regulations Threaten Survival of Company

The rules and regulations implementing federal wage and hour standards are overly complex, burdensome, and outdated, creating significant challenges for workers and small business owners. For Rhea Lana Riner, the confusing maze of rules and red tape forced her to confront costly litigation that could put her out of business and jeopardize valuable opportunities for families in need. She recently testified before the committee to share her story. Arkansas Entrepreneur Tells U.S. House Panel That...

image description

ICYMI: New Opportunities to Help Students, Workers, and Job Creators

By Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) What a difference an election can make. Across the country, there is renewed hope and confidence in the future. Expectations are high, as they should be. Now it’s time to do the hard work necessary to live up to those expectations. For eight years, families and small businesses have lived with the consequences of failed policies and failed leadership. They have endured job growth that is sluggish, wages that are largely flat, college costs that continue to rise and ...

image description

Employees Share Positive Experiences Working as Members of the “CKE Family”

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), recently sat down with four female employees of CKE franchise restaurants who described the opportunities they’ve enjoyed as members of the “CKE family.” While all four women come from different backgrounds, they share positive experiences working at Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants. Of course, these aren’t the kinds ...

image description

An Opportunity to Protect Retirement Security

House Republicans are continuing an effort to roll back some of the most harmful rules and regulations finalized in the last days of the Obama administration. We’ve already taken steps to support small businesses and our Armed Forces and acted to rein in the federal role in education. So what’s next? Protecting the retirement security of workers. For decades, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has governed employer-provided retirement plans, ensuring clear rules of the road for...

See More
Browse News
Search