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Foxx Statement: Committee Organizing Meeting for the 115th Congress

Allow me to begin by extending a warm welcome to all of our colleagues. As is always the case, there are many familiar faces and some new faces. We are fortunate to have a strong team, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you as we advance reforms to strengthen our nation’s schools and workplaces. In recent years, the committee has built a strong record of success. Together, we reformed K-12 education, repaired a broken workforce development system, improved vital services fo...

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Doing Nothing on Obamacare Is Not an Option

Doing Nothing on Obamacare Is Not an Option By Reps. Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Paul Mitchell, and Dave Trott In 2010, Nancy Pelosi famously said of Obamacare, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Seven years later, we now know what’s in it: rising costs, fewer options and, for many, more uncertainty than ever before. With a GOP majority in both chambers of Congress and a Republican president-elect, America stands at a crossroad. We can fix the problem, or we can maintai...

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Foxx, Walberg Applaud Executive Action on Obamacare

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), 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 following President Trump's executive action on Obamacare: We made a promise to the American people to repeal the failed health care law and provide a stable transition to a patient-centered system. The president’s action today is part of the process to deliver on tha...

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Hold Organizational Meeting

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold its organizational meeting on Tuesday, January 24th, at 11:15 a.m. in 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. At the organizational meeting, members will consider adoption of the committee rules and oversight plan. For more information on the meeting, click here. # # #

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Working Families Take a Triple Hit Under Obamacare

Under the so-called Affordable Care Act, working families are being hit from all directions. Their health care premiums are going up, not down. They’re spending more on out-of-pocket costs because their deductibles are higher. And their choices continue to dwindle as health insurance providers flee failed Obamacare exchanges. Now, we learn from a new American Action Forum (AAF) report that Obamacare is also suppressing wages and destroying jobs. AAF reported that the failed health care law has: ...

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Foxx, Walberg Applaud Executive Action on Obamacare

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), 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 following President Trump's executive action on Obamacare: We made a promise to the American people to repeal the failed health care law and provide a stable transition to a patient-centered system. The president’s action today is part of the process to deliver on tha...

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Hold Organizational Meeting

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold its organizational meeting on Tuesday, January 24th, at 11:15 a.m. in 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. At the organizational meeting, members will consider adoption of the committee rules and oversight plan. For more information on the meeting, click here. # # #

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Committee Leaders Respond to Education Department's Withdrawal of Proposed K-12 Regulation

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) today issued the following joint statement after the Department of Education withdrew its proposed "supplement, not supplant" regulation: This is a significant victory for students, parents, and school leaders across the country. The department’s regulatory scheme would have violated the law and unleashed serious harm on som...

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Foxx Welcomes New Committee Members, Announces Subcommittee Leadership for 115th Congress

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today released the roster of new Republican members who will serve on the committee in the 115th Congress. Chairwoman Foxx also announced the members who will serve as chairs of the four standing subcommittees. “We have assembled a strong team to advance the commonsense solutions our nation’s workers, students, families, and small businesses urgently need,” Chairwoman Foxx said. “This committee will play...

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Foxx: It’s Time to Provide the American People Relief

Today, the House of Representatives will take the next step in the process of repealing Obamacare and providing a stable transition to a patient-centered health care system. Moments ago on the House floor, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, urged her colleagues to support a resolution that would provide Congress the tools necessary to repeal the fatally-flawed health care law and transition to a patient-centered system. Chairwoman Foxx sh...

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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...

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Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act

BACKGROUND To promote safe and healthy communities, the federal government has long supported state efforts to set at-risk youth and juvenile offenders on the pathway to success. Helping children reject a life of crime requires more than an adjudication system and a detention facility. It requires a collaborative effort among parents, teachers, and community members to prevent criminal behavior and help support children who have engaged in illegal activity. In support of that effort, Congress p...

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The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

BACKGROUND Young adults face a job market vastly different than the one that existed a generation ago. Technological advances and the growth of a global economy have dramatically changed the kinds of jobs available, making quality education and training vital to competing in today’s workplaces. That’s why Congress has enacted reforms in recent years to improve K-12 education and modernize the workforce development system. But more can be done to help equip all Americans with the tools they need...

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Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act - H.R. 4843

THE PROBLEM: Preventing child abuse and neglect is a priority that reaches across party lines, and federal policies have long supported state efforts to identify, assess, and treat children who are victims of abuse and neglect. One of those policies, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), was enacted in 1974 to coordinate federal efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. The law provides states with resources to improve their child protective services systems. In...

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Protecting Access to Affordable Retirement Advice - H. J. Res. 88

THE PROBLEM: Far too many men and women will leave the workforce without the financial security they need to retire. Policymakers should be looking for opportunities to make it easier for working families—especially low- and middle-income families—to successfully plan for their retirement years. The last thing Washington should do is create barriers to the retirement security the American people need. Unfortunately, the Department of Labor has finalized a new regulatory scheme that will do just...

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Foxx Statement: Committee Organizing Meeting for the 115th Congress

Allow me to begin by extending a warm welcome to all of our colleagues. As is always the case, there are many familiar faces and some new faces. We are fortunate to have a strong team, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you as we advance reforms to strengthen our nation’s schools and workplaces. In recent years, the committee has built a strong record of success. Together, we reformed K-12 education, repaired a broken workforce development system, improved vital services fo...

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Debate on Resolution to Provide Legislative Tools Needed to Repeal Obamacare, Transition to Patient-Centered System

Today, we take the next step in the process of providing the American people a better way on health care. We’ve all heard from constituents and families struggling to get by as they suffer the consequences of the fatally-flawed health care law. In my home state of North Carolina, the average Obamacare premium has increased by a staggering 40 percent. Terry from Advance, North Carolina, is a 70-year old retiree. But now he’s working part-time just to help pay his wife’s health care premiums, whic...

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Kline Statement: Debate on H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act

In 2014, the Department of Labor began an effort to update federal overtime rules. There would have been strong bipartisan support for that effort if the department had pursued a responsible approach. In fact, we have spent years engaging in this issue because we believe federal overtime rules need to be modernized—both to strengthen protections for workers and to provide more clarity and certainty for employers. Unfortunately, the department took a different approach and finalized an extreme ru...

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Walberg Statement: Debate on H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act

I was proud to introduce this legislation to provide small businesses, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations much-needed relief from a fundamentally flawed rule that will do more harm than good. It’s unfortunate this legislation is necessary in the first place. For over two years, Republicans have urged the department to update our nation’s overtime rules responsibly. These rules serve as important protections for America’s workers, but the existing regulatory structure is extre...

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Roe Statement: Hearing on “Discussion Draft to Modernize Multiemployer Pensions”

We are here to discuss an issue that is vitally important to Americans from all walks of life: retirement security. This is a leading priority for millions of hardworking men and women, and that is why it’s a leading priority for Republicans and Democrats alike. Strengthening retirement security has always been a difficult challenge with no easy answers. It’s one that demands thoughtful dialogue, bipartisan cooperation, and meaningful reforms. That’s exactly what our committee has been engaged i...

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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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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...

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Kline, Walberg Seek Information on DOL's Overtime Proposal Outreach

Dear Secretary Perez: On August 21, 2015, we were joined by 20 of our colleagues in requesting an additional 60 days of public comment on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (the Department) proposal to update the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In a letter dated August 31, 2015, Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil denied this request, stating the initial 60-day comment period “provide[d] sufficient time for interested parties to submit comment.” Administrator Weil’s resp...

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Committee Renews Request for Information on OSHA's Troubling Joint Employer Proposal

On October 13, 2015, we wrote to you regarding the Department of Labor’s (Department) draft memorandum to expand liability for workplace safety and health violations of franchisors under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Act). Among other requests, the Committee’s letter specifically requested the Department to provide information and a briefing related to the Solicitor of Labor’s (Solicitor) work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other agencies within the ...

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Doing Nothing on Obamacare Is Not an Option

Doing Nothing on Obamacare Is Not an Option By Reps. Tim Walberg, Mike Bishop, Paul Mitchell, and Dave Trott In 2010, Nancy Pelosi famously said of Obamacare, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Seven years later, we now know what’s in it: rising costs, fewer options and, for many, more uncertainty than ever before. With a GOP majority in both chambers of Congress and a Republican president-elect, America stands at a crossroad. We can fix the problem, or we can maintai...

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Working Families Take a Triple Hit Under Obamacare

Under the so-called Affordable Care Act, working families are being hit from all directions. Their health care premiums are going up, not down. They’re spending more on out-of-pocket costs because their deductibles are higher. And their choices continue to dwindle as health insurance providers flee failed Obamacare exchanges. Now, we learn from a new American Action Forum (AAF) report that Obamacare is also suppressing wages and destroying jobs. AAF reported that the failed health care law has: ...

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Report: 300,000 Small Business Jobs Lost Due to Obamacare

Report: 300,000 Small Business Jobs Lost Due to Obamacare By Elizabeth Harrington Obamacare has cost roughly 300,000 small business jobs due to higher health care costs, according to a new report. The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released findings Wednesday that rising premiums and regulations under the Affordable Care Act have had “dire” consequences for the labor market. The report found the law has cost $19 billion in lost wages per year and forced 10,000 small bus...

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Relief From Obamacare: The Time Is Now

Warnings of Obamacare’s negative effects fell on deaf ears as the law made a disastrous debut and upended the health care stability of millions of Americans. In 2013, President Obama claimed the law would expand healthcare choices, saying: This law means more choice, more competition, lower costs for millions of Americans. More choices and competition? The reality is insurers are rapidly exiting Obamacare marketplaces in states across the country — leaving Americans with fewer options, and in s...

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Obamacare Failures By the Numbers

Relief from the president’s failed government takeover of health care is finally on the way. This week, Congress will take the next step in the process of repealing Obamacare and providing a stable transition to a patient-centered health care system. Still, there are those who prefer the failed status quo of dwindling choices and soaring costs and have chosen to deny the facts. Here are the numbers that explain how the status quo is creating hardship for working families and small business owner...

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