ICYMI: U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since 1969

By Eric Morath and Harriet Torry — Friday, October 5, 2018 The unemployment rate fell in September to the lowest level since the Vietnam War while hiring cooled slightly, the latest signs of an extremely tight labor market. The unemployment rate fell to 3.7% from 3.9% in August, the lowest rate since December 1969, the Labor Department said Friday. U.S. nonfarm payrolls rose a seasonally adjusted 134,000 in September, the smallest gain in a year and a possible sign employers are starting to str...

Missing and Exploited Children: What We Know and How We're Helping

Last week, the House of Representatives approved S. 3354, the last step in our efforts to modernize and reauthorize the Missing Children’s Assistance Act (MCAA). This legislation, which was enacted in 1984 and last reauthorized in 2013, coordinates federal efforts to prevent the abduction and sexual exploitation of children. The programs and services of MCAA operate out of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention within the Department of Justice. The following facts and figures ...

Committee Members Urge NLRB to Continue Positive Reforms

Members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce today sent a letter to Chairman John Ring of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) lauding the Board’s work to restore a commonsense application of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in its recent rulings. The letter noted how under the Obama administration, the NLRB imposed heavy and costly regulatory burdens on local businesses and job creators. Republican Members of the Committee praised the new Board’s ongoing efforts to reesta...

House Approves Update to Missing Children’s Assistance Act

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement after the House of Representatives approved S. 3354, the Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 2018: “Every child is precious. Until we live in a world where no child is afraid, we must stay vigilant to do everything we can to keep every child safe. I am proud that Members of the Education and Workforce Committee, from both sides of the aisle, have shown such a passionate commit...

"America's colleges should foster critical thinking..."

Postsecondary institutions have a duty to develop students’ critical thinking, and the best way to develop that skill is through the free and vigorous exercise of the First Amendment. When civil discourse is silenced, students’ professional development is irreparably damaged. Hear more about the power of free speech at yesterday’s hearing on the First Amendment on college campuses: To watch the video, click here.

Opening Statement by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “Examining First Amendment Rights on Campus.”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s hearing. I thank our panel of witnesses and our members for being here today as we talk about freedom of expression on college campuses and how postsecondary institutions are and are not respecting individuals’ First Amendment rights. Here at the Education and Workforce Committee, we talk a lot about the importance of all education. Education has the power to change lives, and every form of instruction that focuses on developing a student’s skills is valuable...

Committee Discusses First Amendment Rights on College Campuses

Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing to examine First Amendment rights on college campuses. “All of education, but especially postsecondary institutions, have a duty to develop students’ problem-solving skills. By encouraging students to engage in civil discourse and challenge their own perceptions, they sharpen their analytical skills so that they are prepared to lead the workforce once they graduate,” said Chairwoman Foxx in ...

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