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WATCH: Highlights from the Innovation Forum and Showcase

Recently, 23 innovators traveled to Washington from across the country to present to Congress and the public their solutions to education and workforce development challenges. Read their stories here and check out the highlights from this unique day. To watch online, click here.

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ICYMI: Trump Signs Legislation That Encourages Occupational Licensing Reform

By Sarah Quinlan — Monday, August 6, 2018 On July 31, President Trump signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The law reauthorizes and fortifies the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act for the first time since 2006, when Congress last authorized it. According to a letter that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent to Senate members in June urging passage, the new act helps to “ensure that America’s students acquire the necessary skills to succ...

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ICYMI: Accountability for All Colleges

By Daniel Elkins — Wednesday, July 25, 2018 The Enlisted Association of the National Guard enthusiastically supports the PROSPER Act, a bill to reform higher education, provide accountability and protect student veterans. Unfortunately the bill is being described by some veterans’ groups as bad legislation. They have a few valid points; here’s what we think. As we debate reforming higher education from a perspective of serving veterans and service members, there is almost always an exclusive fo...

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WATCH: "The legislation we are here to send to the President’s desk is a true difference-maker."

In just a few moments President Trump will sign H.R. 2353 into law. Here's what Chairwoman Foxx had to say about it last week. Click here to watch the video online. Remarks as delivered: "Mr. Speaker, today has been a long time coming, so I’ll be brief. The legislation we are here to send to the president’s desk is a true difference-maker. Every one of us knows someone God has blessed with skills and talents and ideas that do not fit the mold of traditional postsecondary education. Because of t...

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Rep. Roe Introduces Employee Rights Act of 2018

Today, Education and Workforce Committee members, led by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), introduced H.R. 6544, the Employee Rights Act of 2018. The legislation includes three major provisions that put the rights and interests of employees first. The Employee Rights Act of 2018 would create a union recertification process, guarantee secret ballot union elections, and ensure that employees will only have their union dues used for political purposes if they affirmatively choose to do so. “Simply put, the Emp...

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Rep. Roe Introduces Employee Rights Act of 2018

Today, Education and Workforce Committee members, led by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), introduced H.R. 6544, the Employee Rights Act of 2018. The legislation includes three major provisions that put the rights and interests of employees first. The Employee Rights Act of 2018 would create a union recertification process, guarantee secret ballot union elections, and ensure that employees will only have their union dues used for political purposes if they affirmatively choose to do so. “Simply put, the Emp...

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Committee Hosts Bipartisan Innovation Forum and Showcase

Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a bipartisan Innovation Forum and Showcase to highlight the accomplishments of 23 innovators from across the country. These innovators, who were invited to Washington by members of the committee, came to share what they are doing at the local level to address the nation’s most pressing education and workforce development challenges. “Innovation is what happens when someone has an idea that works. Innovation is the most local of local solut...

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Foxx, Scott Praise Final House Action on Bipartisan CTE Legislation

Today, the House of Representatives sent to the President's desk H.R. 2353, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Sponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), the legislation will help more Americans get the skills they need to compete for good-paying, in-demand industry jobs. During debate on the bill, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, said: “We have more than six mil...

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**UPDATED WITH WITNESSES** Media Advisory: Committee on Education and the Workforce to Host Bipartisan Innovation Forum and Showcase

The Committee on Education and the Workforce will host a bipartisan Innovation Forum and Showcase on July 25, 2018. Members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce have invited innovators from their congressional districts to come to Washington to share with Congress and the public how they are addressing the nation’s education and workforce development challenges. The Innovation Forum and Showcase will highlight 23 innovators who are running education and workforce development programs ...

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Subcommittee Examines H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act

Today, the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), held a hearing to examine H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. “The American workplace continues to evolve in many positive ways, reflecting changes in employer and employee needs, attitudes, and preferences. Traditionally, competitive salaries and pay raises have been the primary ways for employers to attract and retain quality employees. While these recruiting tools are still imp...

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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

BACKGROUND Americans face a job market that is vastly different from the one that existed a generation ago. Advances in technology and the growth of a global economy have dramatically changed the kinds of jobs that are available, making high-quality education and skills development vital to competing in today’s workplaces. In recent years, Congress has enacted reforms to improve K-12 education and modernize the nation’s workforce development system. However, more must be done to help all America...

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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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Opening Statement of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Chairman, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I would like to thank members of the subcommittee and our witnesses for joining us today as we discuss H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. The American workplace continues to evolve in many positive ways, reflecting changes in employer and employee needs, attitudes, and preferences. Traditionally, competitive salaries and pay raises have been the primary ways for employers to attract and retain quality employees. While these...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) Chairman, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Hearing on “Examining the Summer Food Service Program.”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I would like to thank members of the subcommittee and our witnesses for joining us today to examine the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and discuss how we can responsibly ensure that the most disadvantaged children have access to nutritious meals during the summer months. Last Congress, we considered legislation to reform this program by reinvesting funds from other child nutrition programs that were in many cases benefiting middle-cl...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Chairman, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I would like to thank members of the subcommittee and our witnesses for being here today as we examine important and timely topics – current trends in the U.S. labor market, their benefits for American workers, and a review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) labor market economic information and methodologies. On the first of June, BLS released its May 2018 Employment Situation Report, which detailed the most recent data on U.S. em...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Chairman,

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing on occupational licensing. I would like to thank members of the subcommittee and our witnesses for being here today as we discuss licensing and ways that we can encourage states to lift barriers to economic mobility and growth. Occupational licensing plays an important role in protecting consumers and ensuring high-quality service. In many cases, it makes sense that a professional would be credentialed to operate, like in the case of a do...

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

June 28, 2018 The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: We are following up regarding the Department of Labor’s (the Department) March 6, 2018, letter in response to our January 18, 2018, letter about union “worker centers” and their regulation through the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA or the Act). As you know, the Committ...

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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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WATCH: Highlights from the Innovation Forum and Showcase

Recently, 23 innovators traveled to Washington from across the country to present to Congress and the public their solutions to education and workforce development challenges. Read their stories here and check out the highlights from this unique day. To watch online, click here.

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ICYMI: Trump Signs Legislation That Encourages Occupational Licensing Reform

By Sarah Quinlan — Monday, August 6, 2018 On July 31, President Trump signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The law reauthorizes and fortifies the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act for the first time since 2006, when Congress last authorized it. According to a letter that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent to Senate members in June urging passage, the new act helps to “ensure that America’s students acquire the necessary skills to succ...

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ICYMI: Accountability for All Colleges

By Daniel Elkins — Wednesday, July 25, 2018 The Enlisted Association of the National Guard enthusiastically supports the PROSPER Act, a bill to reform higher education, provide accountability and protect student veterans. Unfortunately the bill is being described by some veterans’ groups as bad legislation. They have a few valid points; here’s what we think. As we debate reforming higher education from a perspective of serving veterans and service members, there is almost always an exclusive fo...

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WATCH: "The legislation we are here to send to the President’s desk is a true difference-maker."

In just a few moments President Trump will sign H.R. 2353 into law. Here's what Chairwoman Foxx had to say about it last week. Click here to watch the video online. Remarks as delivered: "Mr. Speaker, today has been a long time coming, so I’ll be brief. The legislation we are here to send to the president’s desk is a true difference-maker. Every one of us knows someone God has blessed with skills and talents and ideas that do not fit the mold of traditional postsecondary education. Because of t...

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WATCH: Members Talk CTE

Last year, the Committee on Education and the Workforce delivered bipartisan legislation to rejuvenate and reform career and technical education. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, passed unanimously by the House of Representatives, will encourage more Americans to pursue pathways to high-wage, high-demand industry jobs. Career and technical education is the answer to empowering students, strengthening our workforce, and emboldening the nation’s economy. B...

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