Opening Statement of Rep. Byrne (R-AL), Chairman, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing on “Regulatory Reform: Unleashing Economic Opportunity for Workers and Employers”

Despite the significant improvements to the economy thanks to regulatory reform and Republican-led tax reform efforts, more work is needed to build on this success. We still have 6.3 million Americans out of work, and we cannot afford to stop looking for ways to improve economic conditions and support American workers. Burdensome federal regulations on businesses of all sizes are one major obstacle that hurt the efforts and slow the ability of businesses to grow and hire talented employees. Smal...

ICYMI: Congress, pass the PROSPER Act for federal student aid reform

By Rachelle Peterson — May 23, 2018 It has been 53 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act into law, and 10 years since it was reauthorized, under President Obama. Over the years, the law — which touches nearly every aspect of higher education — has turned into a special interest bonanza. It shields traditional colleges from marketplace competition, weaves a labyrinthine web of student aid options, packs on the pork, and in the last administration served as a pretex...

Subcommittee Talks Regulatory Reform and Economic Growth

Today, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), held a hearing to discuss ongoing Congressional and administration efforts to deliver regulatory reform and promote economic growth. “Not all regulations are bad, but today’s hearing will explore the benefits of responsible regulatory reform, how regulatory costs can be controlled to allow for the continued growth of the nation’s economy, and the importance of Congress and the administration continuing to col...

Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education.”

Just a few days ago, we experienced yet another tragedy, this time at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Madam Secretary, I hope we’ll hear from you today about the work of the Commission on School Safety. I know state and local school districts are struggling with how to address this issue, and I know parents and students are concerned and even scared. I hope today will be an opportunity for all of us to learn more about how the Commission is developing recommendations for keeping our schools safe ...

Education Secretary DeVos Testifies Before House Committee

Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held an oversight hearing with Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the Department’s policies and priorities. As Chairwoman Foxx said in her opening remarks: “Secretary DeVos has made it clear that she is also a believer in local solutions for education challenges. It’s parents and the local school leaders they know and trust who are best equipped to make the decisions that will help imp...

ICYMI: Rep. Virginia Foxx: Honor the class of 2018 by giving their successors a better deal

By Chairwoman Virginia Foxx — May 17, 2018 Graduation season is upon us once again, and for millions of Americans who are finally about to get their hands on a baccalaureate degree, the road has been longer and more expensive than ever. Far too many students graduating with what they thought would be a four-year degree started their coursework more than six years ago. Those at a public college or university ended up paying, on average, an additional $22,826 for each year beyond the four they’d ...

THIS WEEK: Hearing on Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education and Subcommittee Hearing on Regulatory Reform

**Please note media RSVP** On Tuesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing on "Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education." The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will examine the U.S. Department of Education’s achievements since the Secretary's confirmation and outline the Department’s upcoming priorities and agenda. Witness The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U....

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