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THIS WEEK: Subcommittee Hearing on Occupational Licensing and Subcommittee Hearing on Growth, Opportunity, and Change in the U.S. Labor Market and the American Workforce

On Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development will hold a hearing on “Occupational Licensing: Reducing Barriers to Economic Mobility and Growth.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will explore the prevalence of occupational licensing, its effects on economic growth and upward mobility, and what is being done to address the issue within states and across state lines. Witnesses Mr. Bryan ...

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Foxx and Walberg Applaud New Department of Labor Action to Expand Access to Health Care for Families and Small Businesses

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, today issued the following statement after the Department of Labor published a final rule expanding access to association health plans (AHPs) to benefit American workers and families: “One of the greatest concerns for small business owners is providing affordable health care to their employees. The failures of ...

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The PROSPER Act: "We must do a better job of promoting careers in the skilled trades..."

The Committee on Education and the Workforce received the following letter on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors praising the PROSPER Act. Here is what it had to say: June 15, 2018 U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Representative, On behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national construction industry trade association with 70 chapters representing more than 21,000 members, I write today in support of H.R. 4508, the PROSPER Act, introduced by E...

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Foxx and Smucker Urge Department of Labor Action to Fight Opioids

Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) today sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta regarding the national opioid public health emergency. The letter urged the Secretary to fight the scourge of addiction by using the Job Corps program to engage young adults and improve their employment outcomes and recovery efforts. “The prospect of a job increases hope and encourages Americans recovering from and responding to the opioid epidemic, and a robust loc...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “The Power of Charter Schools: Promoting Opportunity for America’s Students”

All students, regardless of zip code, deserve access to a high-quality education. That means giving students the opportunity to thrive in the learning environment that best suits their unique educational needs. Every student is different, and families should be empowered to choose whatever school best suits their child’s strengths, rather than being forced into a one-size-fits-all approach. For many, charter schools are the best option for their student to hone his or her individual abilities an...

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THIS WEEK: Subcommittee Hearing on Occupational Licensing and Subcommittee Hearing on Growth, Opportunity, and Change in the U.S. Labor Market and the American Workforce

On Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development will hold a hearing on “Occupational Licensing: Reducing Barriers to Economic Mobility and Growth.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will explore the prevalence of occupational licensing, its effects on economic growth and upward mobility, and what is being done to address the issue within states and across state lines. Witnesses Mr. Bryan ...

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Foxx and Walberg Applaud New Department of Labor Action to Expand Access to Health Care for Families and Small Businesses

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, today issued the following statement after the Department of Labor published a final rule expanding access to association health plans (AHPs) to benefit American workers and families: “One of the greatest concerns for small business owners is providing affordable health care to their employees. The failures of ...

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Foxx and Smucker Urge Department of Labor Action to Fight Opioids

Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) today sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta regarding the national opioid public health emergency. The letter urged the Secretary to fight the scourge of addiction by using the Job Corps program to engage young adults and improve their employment outcomes and recovery efforts. “The prospect of a job increases hope and encourages Americans recovering from and responding to the opioid epidemic, and a robust loc...

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Committee Discusses the Power of Charter Schools

Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing to examine the value of charter schools. “Every student is different, and families should be empowered to choose whatever school best suits their child’s strengths, rather than being forced into a one-size-fits-all approach. For many, charter schools are the best option for their student to hone his or her individual abilities and build a successful life,” Chairwoman Foxx said in her opening...

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Foxx Praises House Passage of Bills to Combat Opioids

Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve several Education and Workforce bills to combat opioids. During debate on the bills this afternoon, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, said: “I want to thank and commend members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce for leaving no stone unturned as we work to make healing possible to all the victims of this scourge of addiction – not only those who are struggling with opioid abuse. ...

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Save Local Business Act

BACKGROUND: Hiring. Work schedules. Pay increases. These are all decisions that take place between an employer and an employee. However, in 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) placed itself squarely in the middle of the employer-employee relationship, changing it in a way that hurt working families and small businesses but empowered union interests. This prompted a similar expansion of the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). With these actions, the Obam...

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Save Local Business Act Bill Summary

BACKGROUND For more than 30 years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) considered two or more employers “joint employers” if they had “actual,” “direct,” and “immediate” control over essential terms and conditions of employment. This standard provided stability and legal clarity for employers large and small, especially local franchisees and subcontractors. Unfortunately, unelected NLRB bureaucrats, federal regulators, and activist judges have taken steps to dramatically change what const...

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Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act

BACKGROUND: Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that exists not only in foreign countries, but in every state in the United States. This atrocious crime involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to force victims into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. The International Labor Organization estimates there are 21 million victims of human trafficking in what is a $150 billion criminal enterprise. In 2016, 7,572 trafficking cases in the U.S. were reported to the National Huma...

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Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017

BACKGROUND: With its 2004 San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned long-standing precedent and began using a subjective test to determine when and where to assert its jurisdiction over Native American tribes. Prior to this decision, the NLRB respected the sovereignty of tribes, holding that they were generally free from outside intervention. The board now decides on a case-by-case basis whether a tribal business on tribal land is for comm...

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Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act

BACKGROUND: Far too many men and women are leaving the workforce without the financial security they need when they retire. In fact, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, 29 percent of households with individuals over the age of 55 have no retirement savings or traditional pension. Now more than ever, we need policies that make it easier for Americans to successfully plan for their retirement years. In 2016, the Obama administration finalized the flawed fiduciary rule, t...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “The Power of Charter Schools: Promoting Opportunity for America’s Students”

All students, regardless of zip code, deserve access to a high-quality education. That means giving students the opportunity to thrive in the learning environment that best suits their unique educational needs. Every student is different, and families should be empowered to choose whatever school best suits their child’s strengths, rather than being forced into a one-size-fits-all approach. For many, charter schools are the best option for their student to hone his or her individual abilities an...

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

Good morning, and welcome to today’s hearing. We’re pleased to welcome the Honorable Alex Azar, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, to his first hearing with the Committee on Education and the Workforce. I’m especially pleased to note that this hearing comes just after Secretary Azar has celebrated his three month anniversary in his new position. Mr. Secretary, we can’t find another cabinet secretary in recent memory that has made an oversight hearing with thi...

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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...

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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 ...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “Protecting Privacy, Promoting Data Security: Exploring How Schools and States Keep Data Safe”

Over the past several decades, there has been a significant leap in the ways that technology can be used to strengthen classroom instruction and improve student outcomes. Companies specializing in education technology have provided teachers, school districts, and states with the cutting-edge software and tools needed to create a modern learning environment that inspires student success. The use of this technology can greatly enrich the student experience and help teachers adjust instruction acco...

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Letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta | Worker Centers

January 18, 20 I 8 The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution A venue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: We are writing to you regarding a longstanding interest of the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee), namely the proliferation of opaquely financed, union-backed organizations known as "worker centers" over the past decade. In the view of many stakeholders and interested parties, including members of our Committee, these s...

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Implementation

The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington , DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which passed in 2014, made important reforms to our nation's workforce development system. These reforms make the workforce development system more responsive to the needs of both employers and job seekers. Our workforce development system will only be effective in helping Americans find good ...

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Foxx Calls on Department of Labor to Answer for Lack of Safety and Security in Job Corps Program

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today, sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta requesting additional answers on oversight questions about safety and security lapses within the Job Corps program. “I continue to have concerns about the safety and security of students participating in the Job Corps program,” wrote Foxx. “The very purpose of the program is to serve those who are hard to serve and the first way to accomplish tha...

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Chairwoman Foxx Writes to Secretary DeVos on FSA COO

June 9, 2017 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On May 24, the Department of Education (Department) announced the resignation of James Runcie as chief operating officer for the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). Reports indicate his resignation was an outcome of his refusal to testify in a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) hearing examining improper payments related to student ...

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Committee Leaders Write to President Trump on NLRB Nominees

The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20500 May 30, 2017 Dear Mr. President: The Committee on Education and the Workforce is committed to working with your administration to promote job growth, encourage economic opportunity, and protect the rights of workers. We applaud the many steps your administration has taken thus far to accomplish these goals. In particular, we are pleased Phillip A. Miscimarra was named Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB...

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The PROSPER Act: "We must do a better job of promoting careers in the skilled trades..."

The Committee on Education and the Workforce received the following letter on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors praising the PROSPER Act. Here is what it had to say: June 15, 2018 U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Representative, On behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national construction industry trade association with 70 chapters representing more than 21,000 members, I write today in support of H.R. 4508, the PROSPER Act, introduced by E...

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THE PROSPER ACT: A Work Study Program for the Future

Only 13 percent of Americans agree college graduates in this country are well prepared for success in the workplace. A recent survey showed that only 2 in 5 managers believe college graduates are well-equipped for a job in their field. One of the few successful programs in the federal postsecondary education policy is the Federal Work-Study program, which has been shown to increase graduation rates and job placement among participants, particularly low-income students. Since the last reauthoriz...

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Religious Leaders Support the PROSPER Act

Groups advocating for religious freedom notified the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the following letter sent to Speaker Paul Ryan supporting the many important ways the PROSPER Act protects the free expression of religion in postsecondary education. Here’s what the letter had to say: May 24, 2018 The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker of the House of Representative H-232, United States Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Ryan: We write in support of the religious freedom protections...

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What You May Have Missed During Last Week’s Hearing with Secretary DeVos

Last week, members of the Committee on the Education and the Workforce had the opportunity to question Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about many different priorities for the future of education in this country. While Republicans and Democrats have different thoughts on approaches to education, a theme emerged: the Senate needs to pass the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353). See for yourself: To view online, click here. This push should c...

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PROSPER Act Featured on CBN News

House Chairwoman Behind New Education Reform Bill Knows Financial Burden College Can Bring By Abigail Robertson — May 22, 2018 WASHINGTON – With the rise of community colleges and a new emphasis on vocational skills, the nature of secondary education is changing. CBN News recently interviewed a lawmaker who's offering an education reform bill to meet the needs of prospective students. US Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) is no stranger to how student loans can burden college graduates. As a young stude...

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