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The PROSPER Act: "prepares students to achieve their life and career goals..."

The Committee on Education and the Workforce received the following letter from Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC) Board Chair and Dallas County Community College District Chancellor praising the PROSPER Act. Here is what Joe May had to say: April 16, 2018 The Honorable Virginia Foxx U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce 2176 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairwoman Foxx, On behalf of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a coalition of community...

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House and Senate Committee Leaders Submit Comments to NLRB on Proposed Changes to Ambush Election Rule

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today submitted comments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting the rescinding of a 2014 rule created by the Obama-era Board that drastically changed union election policies and created ambush elections. Rep. Foxx and Sen. Alexander, along with Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Sen. Johnny ...

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ICYMI: Community Colleges, the PROSPER Act, & the Path to Student Success

By Chairwoman Virginia Foxx — Tuesday, April 17, 2018 April is Community College Awareness Month. Community colleges have provided the path for millions of Americans to reach the goals they have for themselves. Community colleges have also changed the face and the future of many communities across America by developing programs in specific areas and economies that need to grow and thrive. Some of the most informative and transformative years of my life were spent as an instructor and administra...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “Fraud, Mismanagement, Non-Compliance, and Safety: The History of Failures of the Corporation for National and Community Service”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s full committee hearing. I’d like to thank our witness, Ms. Barbara Stewart, for joining today’s important discussion on the need for continued oversight of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) following a pattern of failures in management of CNCS in the past. From the founding of our country millions of Americans have always volunteered and served not only their own communities, but those in need of assistance across the country. This dev...

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CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Testifies Before Committee

Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held an oversight hearing on “Fraud, Mismanagement, Non-Compliance, and Safety: The History of Failures of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).” Over the years, the committee has held a total of four hearings to address the many problems related to the management of CNCS. “As far back as 2011, the Higher Education and Workforce Development subcommittee examined the issues plaguing CNC...

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House and Senate Committee Leaders Submit Comments to NLRB on Proposed Changes to Ambush Election Rule

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today submitted comments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting the rescinding of a 2014 rule created by the Obama-era Board that drastically changed union election policies and created ambush elections. Rep. Foxx and Sen. Alexander, along with Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Sen. Johnny ...

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CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Testifies Before Committee

Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held an oversight hearing on “Fraud, Mismanagement, Non-Compliance, and Safety: The History of Failures of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).” Over the years, the committee has held a total of four hearings to address the many problems related to the management of CNCS. “As far back as 2011, the Higher Education and Workforce Development subcommittee examined the issues plaguing CNC...

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THIS WEEK: Hearing on the History of Failures of the Corporation for National and Community Service

On Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing on "Fraud, Mismanagement, Non-Compliance, and Safety: The History of Failures of the Corporation for National and Community Service." The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing will explore the inability of the Corporation for National and Community Service to monitor grants and safeguard taxpayer resources. Witness Ms. Barbara Stewart Chief Execut...

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Foxx, Walberg Statement on Confirmation of John Ring to National Labor Relations Board

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, issued the following joint statement after the Senate's confirmation of John Ring to join the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “John Ring has proven himself to be a strong, experienced, and fair leader when it comes to representing workers and job creators. Mr. Ring will be a principled and objecti...

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Subcommittee Hearing Examines Expanding Affordable Health Care for All

Today, the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), held a hearing on “Expanding Affordable Health Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs).” Coinciding with the eighth anniversary of the passage of Obamacare, the hearing focused on how current law is having a negative impact on the ability of small businesses to provide affordable health care to its workers. “Since Obamacare became the ...

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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-N.C.), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “Fraud, Mismanagement, Non-Compliance, and Safety: The History of Failures of the Corporation for National and Community Service”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s full committee hearing. I’d like to thank our witness, Ms. Barbara Stewart, for joining today’s important discussion on the need for continued oversight of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) following a pattern of failures in management of CNCS in the past. From the founding of our country millions of Americans have always volunteered and served not only their own communities, but those in need of assistance across the country. This dev...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Chairman, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Hearing on “Expanding Affordable Health Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I would like to thank our panel of witnesses and our members for joining today’s important discussion on the Department of Labor’s proposed rule on association health plans, or AHPs, and how we can make affordable health care options a reality for more working Americans. The timing of this particular hearing is appropriate as this week marks eight years since the passage of Obamacare. Since Obamacare became the law of the land, America’s...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Chairman, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development Hearing on “Strengthening Access and Accountability to Work in Welfare Programs.”

Good afternoon, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I’d like to thank our panel of witnesses and our members for joining today’s important discussion on how the inclusion of work requirements within public benefit programs can help beneficiaries return to the workforce and ensure stewardship of public resources. Since 1996, work requirements have provided families who receive federal assistance the opportunity to grow the skills they need to succeed and eventually reenter the workforce....

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Opening Statement of Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Chairman, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Hearing on “Strengthening Welfare to Work With Child Care”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I’d like to thank our panel of witnesses, and my colleagues, for joining today’s important discussion on how child care should play a role in the welfare system, including ways effective child care supports working parents, alleviates generational poverty, and boosts the economy. Federal welfare programs act as a vital tool to help families find a way out of poverty, and many welfare programs assist parents in finding a good-paying job t...

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Statement by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) | Subcommittee Hearing on A More Effective and Collaborative OSHA: A View from Stakeholders

Good morning, and I welcome our witnesses and members to today’s subcommittee hearing to examine the effectiveness of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Today’s hearing will focus on how OSHA is ensuring safe workplaces and promoting smart, responsible regulatory policies for both employees and employers. No matter the size of the business, the number of workers it employs, or the industry it supports, workplace safety is the responsibility and should be a chief priority o...

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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: "prepares students to achieve their life and career goals..."

The Committee on Education and the Workforce received the following letter from Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC) Board Chair and Dallas County Community College District Chancellor praising the PROSPER Act. Here is what Joe May had to say: April 16, 2018 The Honorable Virginia Foxx U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce 2176 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairwoman Foxx, On behalf of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a coalition of community...

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ICYMI: Community Colleges, the PROSPER Act, & the Path to Student Success

By Chairwoman Virginia Foxx — Tuesday, April 17, 2018 April is Community College Awareness Month. Community colleges have provided the path for millions of Americans to reach the goals they have for themselves. Community colleges have also changed the face and the future of many communities across America by developing programs in specific areas and economies that need to grow and thrive. Some of the most informative and transformative years of my life were spent as an instructor and administra...

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The PROSPER Act: What People Are Saying

The Committee on Education and the Workforce received the following letter from President Mitch Daniels of Purdue University praising the PROSPER Act. Here is what President Daniels had to say: The Honorable Virginia Foxx Chair, House Committee on Education and the Workforce 1230 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairwoman Foxx, Thank you for the many years of thoughtful leadership you have provided higher education. From a small business owner, community college adminis...

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Career and Technical Education Can Outsmart the Skills Gap

Hardworking Americans across the country search every day for a good-paying job that will lead them to a successful career and prosperous life. Presently, the American workforce faces a shortage of 6 million skilled workers – a number expected to reach 11 million by 2022. The Committee on Education and the Workforce has been working throughout this Congress to address the ever-growing skills gap that will put the American economy at a disadvantage if Americans do not gain the skills they need to...

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Do Your Homework: What the New York Times Missed on the PROSPER Act

A column in today's New York Times attacked proposed reforms within the PROSPER Act to assist students and families who are seeking to pay back federal student loans. The piece was quick to criticize the major reforms to student financial aid, but missed many key facts the actual impact of the major reforms within the legislation. Don’t Let the G.O.P. Dismantle Obama’s Student Loan Reforms By John R. Brooks — April 9, 2018 To read the full analysis, click here. To read the full analysis, click h...

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