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Foxx, Walberg Statement on American Health Care Act CBO Report

Rep. Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, issued the following joint statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The report confirms that the AHCA further lowers premiums, reduces the deficit, and delivers tax relief for the American people. The American people desperately need relief from a failed ...

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Witnesses Describe Need for Improving Transparency in Higher Education, Safeguarding Student Privacy

The Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, chaired by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), today held a hearing to examine transparency in higher education. Members discussed the need for complete and accurate information to ensure students and their families are making informed decisions and to help policymakers hold federal student aid programs accountable. They also examined the importance of balancing the need for transparency and accountability while protecting student privacy. ...

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Guthrie Statement: Hearing on “Empowering Students and Families to Make Informed Decisions on Higher Education”

Many people in this country grow up dreaming about the college experience — leaving home and starting off on their own in the world — hoping to obtain the education and skills they need to be successful in life. With more than 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. to choose from, selecting the best school and finding the best way to pay for it can be a daunting task. In fact, just this morning, some key details of a new report — set to be fully unveiled early next month — were publicly re...

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Opportunities to Change Course at EEOC

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), held a hearing to discuss the need for more responsible regulatory and enforcement policies at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As part of the committee’s ongoing oversight efforts, members reviewed the agency’s overreach in recent years and highlighted opportunities to change course under new leadership. “Republicans and Democrats agree our nation’s non-discrimination laws must be properly enfor...

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Foxx Statement on Resignation of FSA Official

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement in response to the resignation of James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA): No one employed by the federal government should be immune from accountability, especially someone responsible for overseeing more than $1 trillion in federal student loans. This committee has repeatedly raised concerns about mi...

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Foxx, Walberg Statement on American Health Care Act CBO Report

Rep. Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, issued the following joint statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The report confirms that the AHCA further lowers premiums, reduces the deficit, and delivers tax relief for the American people. The American people desperately need relief from a failed ...

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Witnesses Describe Need for Improving Transparency in Higher Education, Safeguarding Student Privacy

The Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, chaired by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), today held a hearing to examine transparency in higher education. Members discussed the need for complete and accurate information to ensure students and their families are making informed decisions and to help policymakers hold federal student aid programs accountable. They also examined the importance of balancing the need for transparency and accountability while protecting student privacy. ...

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Opportunities to Change Course at EEOC

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), held a hearing to discuss the need for more responsible regulatory and enforcement policies at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As part of the committee’s ongoing oversight efforts, members reviewed the agency’s overreach in recent years and highlighted opportunities to change course under new leadership. “Republicans and Democrats agree our nation’s non-discrimination laws must be properly enfor...

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Foxx Statement on Resignation of FSA Official

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement in response to the resignation of James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA): No one employed by the federal government should be immune from accountability, especially someone responsible for overseeing more than $1 trillion in federal student loans. This committee has repeatedly raised concerns about mi...

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House Passes Bill to Enhance Protections for Missing and Exploited Children

The House today passed the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act (H.R. 1808) by a voice vote. Introduced by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), chairman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), the bill updates the Missing Children’s Assistance Act to strengthen national efforts to recover and protect missing and exploited children. Members issued the following statements following House passage: “As a father, I cannot imagine the...

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Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act

Protecting our country’s most vulnerable children has long been a national priority. That’s why Congress passed the Missing Children’s Assistance Act in 1984, establishing a grant to support efforts to find missing children and prevent child exploitation. For more than 30 years, the grant has helped the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) coordinate and support state and local efforts to recover children who are missing and protect youth who are victims of sexual exploitat...

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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

BACKGROUND Americans face a job market that is vastly different from the one that existed a generation ago. Advances in technology and the growth of a global economy have dramatically changed the kinds of jobs that are available, making high-quality education and skills development vital to competing in today’s workplaces. In recent years, Congress has enacted reforms to improve K-12 education and modernize the nation’s workforce development system. However, more must be done to help all America...

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Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

BACKGROUND: The American workforce has transformed dramatically over the years and the needs of workers in the 21st century have changed as well. Millennials now represent the majority of the workforce, and many young Americans work full time while pursuing a college degree. Additionally, more single moms and dads are in the workforce. And more kids are raised in households where both parents work. With these changes, Americans are demanding more flexibility in the workplace. In fact, 85 percen...

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Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 - Employee Protections

WORKING FAMILIES FLEXIBILITY ACT OF 2017 Empowering families and protecting workers To help Americans balance the needs of family and work, Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) introduced the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180). This commonsense legislation would allow private-sector workers to choose paid time off or ‘comp time’ instead of cash wages as compensation for working overtime hours. Public-sector employees have enjoyed this benefit for almost 30 years. It’s time private-sector w...

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Myth vs. Fact - The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

Myth: H.R. 1180 will result in employees working longer hours for less pay. Fact: The Working Families Flexibility Act safeguards workers’ time and wages. • Receiving paid time off or ’comp time’ for working overtime hours is completely voluntary. An employee who prefers to receive cash payment for overtime hours worked is always free to do so. • Employers and employees are required to complete a written comp time agreement. An employee can withdraw from this agreement at any time and receive c...

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Guthrie Statement: Hearing on “Empowering Students and Families to Make Informed Decisions on Higher Education”

Many people in this country grow up dreaming about the college experience — leaving home and starting off on their own in the world — hoping to obtain the education and skills they need to be successful in life. With more than 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. to choose from, selecting the best school and finding the best way to pay for it can be a daunting task. In fact, just this morning, some key details of a new report — set to be fully unveiled early next month — were publicly re...

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Byrne Statement: Hearing on “The Need for More Responsible Regulatory and Enforcement Policies at the EEOC”

Every American deserves an equal chance to earn success. No one should be denied an opportunity because of unlawful discrimination. The vast majority of employers treat their employees equally and foster an environment free of discrimination. But we live in a world where prejudice and bigotry still exist, and bad actors must be held accountable. That is why there are important protections under federal law to prevent workplace discrimination, including the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with D...

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Walberg Statement: Hearing on “Regulatory Barriers Facing Workers and Families Saving for Retirement”

Retirement security is a leading priority for this committee, and one that crosses party lines. After decades of hard work, every American should be able to retire with dignity and peace of mind. Unfortunately, too many Americans are struggling to save for their retirement years. Now more than ever, we need policies that empower workers to put money aside for retirement. Those policies should include strong protections for workers. I was proud to champion a resolution to close a regulatory looph...

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Thompson Statement: Markup of H.R. 2353, "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act"

As a father, I can say there’s nothing parents want more for their kids than a life that is better than their own. However, only half of all Americans today expect their children to have a brighter future than they did. As co-chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, I’m happy to say the bill before us today will help move us in a more positive direction. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act aims to help more Americans — particularly younger Americ...

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Foxx Statement: Markup of H.R. 2353, "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act"

I’d like to begin by acknowledging that today is the 63rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education decision. This historic decision forever changed our nation for the better. It declared that the opportunity of an education is “a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.” Our committee plays an important role in upholding the letter and spirit of that decision and ensuring opportunity is within reach for every American. Today, we will consider positive ref...

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Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While FAFSA Tool Is Unavailable

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On March 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a joint press release announcing the temporary suspension of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) due to privacy concerns. Protecting taxpayer and student privacy is vitally important, and we are concerned about any potential attempts to misuse se...

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Congressional Leaders Write to Secretary DeVos on FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Outage

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: We are writing about your recent notification that the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is currently unavailable. We appreciate the initial actions taken by the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to address this issue, and we are writing to obtain further information about the cause and ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Helping America’s Most Vulnerable

Protecting children from harm and providing vulnerable youth a pathway to success are vital national priorities. And today, the House of Representatives is expected to take two important steps that will advance these priorities for children and families. Step one: Strengthen protections for children who are victims of deplorable crimes. In 1984, Congress passed and President Reagan signed into law the Missing Children’s Assistance Act. The law established a grant to support efforts to find miss...

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Protecting America’s Students, Workers, Teachers, & Retirement Savers

Rolling back the regulatory onslaught of the Obama administration has long been a priority for House Republicans. Through the Congressional Review Act, the House and Senate passed — and President Trump signed — 14 resolutions to repeal harmful Obama-era regulations. Members on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce have played an integral role in this important effort, championing various resolutions that reverse federal overreach and protect America’s students, workers, employers, ...

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Job Corps Still Failing Vulnerable Youth on Health and Safety

Addressing systemic problems in a government program can often be — let’s just say — a challenge for the federal bureaucracy. But the failure of basic good governance is particularly troubling when systemic problems jeopardize the health and safety of American citizens. That has long been the track record of the Job Corps program, which was created to help disadvantaged youth gain skills and educational support to compete in the workforce, pursue a career in the Armed Forces, or further their e...

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Charter Schools: Providing Hope and Opportunity

Parents should determine which school is best for their children — not zip codes. With the rise of charter schools across the country, more students are able to escape underperforming schools and receive the high-quality education they deserve. In fact, the success and popularity of the charter school movement during the last 25 years is truly remarkable. What started as one school in Minnesota has grown to nearly 7,000 charter schools located across the country. More than three million student...

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Freedom, Flexibility, & Fairness for America's Workers

The American workforce has changed dramatically over the years, and the needs of workers in the 21st century have changed as well. Yet workers are held back by outdated federal workforce rules from the 1930s. That’s why the House will soon vote on the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180). This pro-worker, pro-family proposal would give private-sector workers a choice to accrue paid time off in lieu of cash wages for overtime hours worked — a choice that has long been afforded to ...

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