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Foxx Statement on American Health Care Act

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement on the American Health Care Act: We made a promise to deliver the free-market, patient-centered health care reforms the American people deserve, and today’s actions do not change our determination to keep our promise. We will continue to advance solutions that provide relief to the millions of hardworking men and women struggling under the consequences of Obamacare. W...

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House Passes Small Business Health Fairness Act

The House of Representatives today passed the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101), legislation that would expand health care coverage and lower costs for working families. Introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, the legislation empowers small businesses to band together though association health...

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ICYMI: Save Small Business from Obamacare

Save Small Business from Obamacare By Reps. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini warned last month that the Affordable Care Act is in a “death spiral.” Because ObamaCare is failing, we are debating how best to repeal and replace it. But amid this debate, it’s important to remember the people ObamaCare is hurting. Here is what Kathy, who owns a company in Missouri, told the House Ways and Means Committee: “As a small business owner, I recall the days before the ACA ...

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What They’re Saying: “Small Business Health Fairness Act” Is Good for Workers and Job Creators

Faced with rising costs and limited choices, workers are struggling to find the health care coverage they and their families need. And those employed by our nation’s small businesses face particularly tough challenges. Since 2008, the share of small businesses with less than 10 employees offering health care coverage has dropped by a staggering 36 percent. Additionally, the cost of health insurance continues to be a top concern for small business owners. House Republicans are determined to provi...

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Witnesses Urge Congress to Streamline, Simplify Federal Student Aid System

The Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, chaired by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), held a hearing today to discuss reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), focusing on ways to streamline and simplify federal student aid. “Over the years, the federal student aid system has become too complex,” Chairman Guthrie said. “Students and their families are forced to navigate six different types of federal student loans, nine different repayment plans, eight different forgiven...

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Foxx Statement on American Health Care Act

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement on the American Health Care Act: We made a promise to deliver the free-market, patient-centered health care reforms the American people deserve, and today’s actions do not change our determination to keep our promise. We will continue to advance solutions that provide relief to the millions of hardworking men and women struggling under the consequences of Obamacare. W...

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House Passes Small Business Health Fairness Act

The House of Representatives today passed the Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101), legislation that would expand health care coverage and lower costs for working families. Introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, the legislation empowers small businesses to band together though association health...

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Witnesses Urge Congress to Streamline, Simplify Federal Student Aid System

The Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, chaired by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), held a hearing today to discuss reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), focusing on ways to streamline and simplify federal student aid. “Over the years, the federal student aid system has become too complex,” Chairman Guthrie said. “Students and their families are forced to navigate six different types of federal student loans, nine different repayment plans, eight different forgiven...

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Foxx, Scott, Alexander, Murray Request Briefing from Department of Education on FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Outage

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively, and Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking for more information about the cause and scope of the outage of the Internal Revenue Services’ Data Retrieval Tool (D...

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Foxx: No Child Should Live in Fear

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), today held a hearing to examine the work of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and ways to improve the organization’s efforts to recover and protect vulnerable children nationwide. For more than 30 years, NCMEC has supported and coordinated state and local efforts to recover missing children and support youth who are victims of violent crimes. John F. Clark, president and chief ...

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Setting the Record Straight: Q&A on Voluntary Employee Wellness Programs

Voluntary employee wellness plans have long helped lower health care costs for working families and promote the health and wellbeing of employees. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R. 1313) to provide regulatory clarity so employers can have the certainty they need to continue offering their workers the option of participating in employee wellness programs. Unfortunately, criti...

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The Self-Insurance Protection Act

BACKGROUND: Employer-sponsored insurance is one of the leading ways Americans obtain health care coverage. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 150 million Americans are covered by a health benefit plan offered by an employer. Unfortunately, providing employer-sponsored insurance is increasingly difficult under the 2010 health care law, which has led to higher costs, burdensome mandates, and fewer choices. As Congress works to repeal the government takeover of health care, it mus...

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Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act

BACKGROUND: Employers continue to develop innovative strategies to help lower health care costs for their employees. It is important for federal policies to support this innovation, especially as working families struggle under the 2010 failed health care law that has led to soaring costs and fewer choices. One of the tools employers are increasingly using to help contain costs and promote a healthy workforce is employee wellness programs. A recent survey showed that 61 percent of all employers...

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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...

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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, the share of small businesses with fewer than 10 employees offering healt...

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Guthrie Statement: Hearing on "Improving Federal Student Aid to Better Meet the Needs of Students"

Today’s hearing is part of our committee’s broader effort to strengthen higher education. We all know and have seen the significant opportunities provided by a postsecondary education. Unfortunately, as we have also seen, realizing the dream of a higher education is becoming increasingly difficult for many individuals across the country. As Chairwoman Foxx pointed out at a hearing earlier this year, college costs are rising at a rapid rate. In fact, since 2006, average tuition and fees have inc...

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Foxx Statement: Hearing on “Honoring Our Commitment to Recover and Protect Missing and Exploited Children”

So much of the work we do on this committee is about creating opportunities for individuals to learn, grow, and achieve success in their lives. Unfortunately, statistics and the nightly news continue to act as shocking reminders that too many children in this country aren’t thinking about the future. They’re thinking about their survival. Last year alone, there were more than 465,000 reports of missing children. No child should live in fear of being taken from his or her family. No child should...

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Byrne Statement: Markup of H.R. 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act

Obamacare has been a disaster for working families. For years, workers have struggled to make ends meet and small businesses have struggled to keep their doors open due to the law’s harmful consequences. From increased costs to limited choices, the flawed 2010 health care law has made it more difficult for employers wanting to provide workers with health care coverage. While Congress is already taking steps to provide relief from the law, it’s also our responsibility to implement positive refor...

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Walberg Statement: Markup of H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act

When Obamacare was forced on the American people seven years ago, small business owners were concerned about how the law would affect their businesses and their workers. Over the years, many of those employers appeared before the committee, and we listened as their concerns over the law turned to stories about its consequences. As one small business owner testified back in 2014, “the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable for our company and employees.” In 2015, another small business te...

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Roe Statement: Markup of H.R. 1304, the Self-Insurance Protection Act

It’s no secret that the cost of health care is a significant challenge for workers and employers. According to Gallup, health care costs topped the list of financial problems facing working families in 2016. Similarly, small businesses cited the same chief concern in a recent National Federation of Independent Business survey. Perhaps the one bright spot in today’s uncertain health insurance market is that employers are using innovative strategies to provide affordable health care coverage for w...

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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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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...

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ICYMI: Save Small Business from Obamacare

Save Small Business from Obamacare By Reps. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini warned last month that the Affordable Care Act is in a “death spiral.” Because ObamaCare is failing, we are debating how best to repeal and replace it. But amid this debate, it’s important to remember the people ObamaCare is hurting. Here is what Kathy, who owns a company in Missouri, told the House Ways and Means Committee: “As a small business owner, I recall the days before the ACA ...

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What They’re Saying: “Small Business Health Fairness Act” Is Good for Workers and Job Creators

Faced with rising costs and limited choices, workers are struggling to find the health care coverage they and their families need. And those employed by our nation’s small businesses face particularly tough challenges. Since 2008, the share of small businesses with less than 10 employees offering health care coverage has dropped by a staggering 36 percent. Additionally, the cost of health insurance continues to be a top concern for small business owners. House Republicans are determined to provi...

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Providing a Better Way on Health Care for Small Businesses, Working Families

Under Obamacare, small businesses have been hit hard by flawed mandates and soaring costs. An American Action Forum study reported: Since [Obamacare] became law, among small businesses, the rise in premiums has been associated with $19 billion in lost wages, 10,130 fewer business establishments, and nearly 300,000 lost jobs ... On top of higher costs, small businesses face limited health care plan options for their employees. As Joe Eddy, president and CEO of the family-owned Eagle Manufacturin...

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Repeal & Replace: A Better Way on Health Care

The time to repeal and replace the disastrous 2010 health care law is now. Just this week, House Republicans introduced legislation to provide immediate relief and replace the flawed law with the positive health care reforms Republicans have long supported — reforms that would expand coverage and lower health care costs. As House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) explain in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: The leg...

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The Health Bill You’ve Waited For

The Health Bill You’ve Waited For Our plan removes taxes and mandates, while offering tax credits to help Americans afford coverage. By Chairmen Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Greg Walden (R-OR) ‘ObamaCare is collapsing,” President Trump said during his address to Congress last week, “and we must act decisively to protect all Americans.” House Republicans have heard the president’s message loud and clear. On Monday night the congressional committees we lead released the American Health Care Act, which ...

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