Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education | Borrower Defense Letter

September 19, 2018 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland A venue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On July 31 , 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) proposed new institutional accountability regulations to streamline and improve the borrower defense to repayment (borrower defense) process. Students defrauded by an institution of higher education must have a clearly established and navigable process to submit a claim. Unfortunate...

Happy Constitution Day!

When Chairwoman Foxx visits a classroom, the U.S. Constitution is one of her favorite things to discuss with students. On Constitution Day, hear what Chairwoman Foxx has to say about our most important founding document: To watch the video, click here.

Foxx on NLRB Joint Employer Decision: “…a top priority on behalf of America’s local businesses.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement upon the announcement of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s proposed rule to restore the joint employer standard: “The NLRB has rightly made addressing the joint employer problem caused by the Obama-era Browning-Ferris decision a top priority on behalf of America’s local businesses. Main street business owners and employees alike need certainty. We are pleased th...

What You May Have Missed During Last Week's Higher Education and Workforce Development Hearing

At the Education and Workforce Committee, we never tire of hearing about the on-the-ground work that people are doing to create jobs and empower the local workforce. Last week, our Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a hearing to hear witnesses talk about workforce development and how the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) supports on-the-job learning and apprenticeships. Here were some of the things witnesses told members at the hearing: “An IEC [Indepen...

“We have entered an age of more accountability…”

Today, the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education published a new set of college rankings. The accompanying reports reflect the trend that’s been informing everything we do at the Education and Workforce Committee: people want stronger accountability in postsecondary education. The House of Representatives took a huge step toward empowering students yesterday with the passage of H.R. 1635, legislation to improve financial aid counseling for students receiving a Pell Grant or a federal l...

Foxx, Scott Praise House Passage of Bipartisan Financial Aid Legislation

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1635, the bipartisan Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act. Sponsored by Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), the legislation will improve financial aid counseling for students receiving a Pell Grant or a federal loan. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, said: “Knowledge really is power, especially in how we make practical financial decisions. Student borr...

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