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ICYMI: National apprenticeship week highlights company-based education options

National apprenticeship week highlights company-based education options North Carolina is home to over 500 apprenticeship programs. For National Apprenticeship Week, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, spoke exclusively with Kari Travis of the Carolina Journal about the importance of apprenticeships, and how these programs make a difference in the lives of young adults who value gaining hands-on experience. Here are some of the highlights of wh...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Virginia Fox (R-NC) | Hearing on “Examining the Policies and the Priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor”

The Department of Labor is on the frontline of the issues facing workers and job creators, and it sets policies that have a widespread impact on our nation’s economy, employment growth, retirement security, and more. Whether they relate to health care, worker protections, retirement planning, workforce development, or employee wages and benefits — it is the responsibility of this committee to ensure those policies are in the best interest of workers, employers, and taxpayers. I’ve said this befo...

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Labor Secretary Acosta 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 Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to review the department’s policies and priorities. As Chairwoman Foxx said during her opening remarks: “The Department of Labor is on the frontline of the issues facing workers and job creators, and it sets policies that have a widespread impact on our nation’s economy, employment growth, retirement security, and more … It is th...

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THIS WEEK: Secretary Acosta to Testify at Hearing on DOL

Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) today announced that the committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, November 15 at 10 a.m. on “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor”. The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, will testify. The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Upon announcement of the hearing, Chairwoman Foxx said: “The Department of Labor is on the fro...

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ICYMI: College isn’t always the best path for teens

College isn’t always the best path for teens By Secretary Alexander Acosta and Chairwoman Virginia Foxx When Americans make career choices, they should be encouraged to consider a broad range of options that fit their diverse talents and interests. For many, their career path will take them to higher education. That was the case for us. A university degree is right for many young people, yet it is not the only route to career success. We need to change the perception of a single “right” career ...

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Labor Secretary Acosta 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 Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to review the department’s policies and priorities. As Chairwoman Foxx said during her opening remarks: “The Department of Labor is on the frontline of the issues facing workers and job creators, and it sets policies that have a widespread impact on our nation’s economy, employment growth, retirement security, and more … It is th...

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THIS WEEK: Secretary Acosta to Testify at Hearing on DOL

Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) today announced that the committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, November 15 at 10 a.m. on “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor”. The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, will testify. The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Upon announcement of the hearing, Chairwoman Foxx said: “The Department of Labor is on the fro...

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Subcommittees Examine the Impact of Opioids on Communities

The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), today held a joint hearing on “Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities”. At the opening of the hearing, Chairman Rokita discussed the enormity of the impact the opioid health emergency is having on American families, communi...

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Foxx, Walberg Statement on Senate Confirmation of Peter Robb

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee 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 voted to confirm Peter Robb as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board: “We applaud our Senate colleagues for taking another step toward restoring fairness and balance to the National Labor Relations Board. After years of a partisan agenda advanc...

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House Passes Save Local Business Act

The House of Representatives today passed the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441) to clarify what constitutes a “joint employer” under federal labor law. Introduced by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, the bill rolls back the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) vague and expansive joint employer standard and provides certainty for local businesses and their employees. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 242 to 181. Members released the foll...

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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 by Rep. Virginia Fox (R-NC) | Hearing on “Examining the Policies and the Priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor”

The Department of Labor is on the frontline of the issues facing workers and job creators, and it sets policies that have a widespread impact on our nation’s economy, employment growth, retirement security, and more. Whether they relate to health care, worker protections, retirement planning, workforce development, or employee wages and benefits — it is the responsibility of this committee to ensure those policies are in the best interest of workers, employers, and taxpayers. I’ve said this befo...

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Rep. Rokita Opening Statement (R-IN) | Subcommittee Hearing on "Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s joint subcommittee hearing with our colleagues from the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. I’d like to thank our panel of witnesses and our members for joining today’s important discussion on opioid abuse and addiction that is taking a toll on the nation. The opioid crisis is having a profound impact on families, jobs, communities, and the economy, and that is why we’re here today. The issue of drug overdoses due to opioids is only ge...

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Rep. Guthrie Opening Statement (R-KY) | Subcommittee Hearing on "Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities”

Thank you Subcommittee Chairman Rokita, and I want to echo the Chairman’s appreciation for the witnesses joining us at today’s hearing. The opioid crisis is having a profound impact on my constituents as well, and I’m sure the stories we will hear from the witnesses today will resonate with many of the stories I have heard in Kentucky. The opioid crisis is a public health emergency and Congress must continue working to face the epidemic that has had an impact on all aspects of our society. Unfor...

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Rep. Guthrie Opening Statement (R-KY) | Hearing on “Public-Private Solutions to Educating a Cyber Workforce”

When Americans think of data breaches and cyber-attacks, names like Equifax come to mind. This and other recent high profile data breaches have made private and sensitive information vulnerable to identity theft as well as other cyber-crimes. Cyber-crimes are constantly appearing in the news, and Americans want to know what is being done to protect their data, as well as other vulnerable targets that comprise our national infrastructure. Organizations in the public and private sectors are active...

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) | Hearing on “Public-Private Solutions to Educating a Cyber Workforce”

Let me begin by welcoming our witness panel and our guests today. Thank you for taking the time away from your important work to testify and help Congress better understand these workforce issues. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Members of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee to hold this joint hearing on developing our nation’s cyber workforce. I would like to thank Chairwoman Foxx and Chairman Guthrie for their work on this critical ...

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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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EEOC Introductory Oversight Letter

The Honorable Victoria A. Lipnic Acting Chair Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 131 M Street, NE Washington, DC 20507 Dear Acting Chair Lipnic: Th_e Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on President Trump's decision to name you as acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As you know, the EEOC's day-to-day operations, Commission decisions, and the general counsel's actions are all under the Committee's jurisdiction. We are eager t...

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ICYMI: National apprenticeship week highlights company-based education options

National apprenticeship week highlights company-based education options North Carolina is home to over 500 apprenticeship programs. For National Apprenticeship Week, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, spoke exclusively with Kari Travis of the Carolina Journal about the importance of apprenticeships, and how these programs make a difference in the lives of young adults who value gaining hands-on experience. Here are some of the highlights of wh...

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ICYMI: College isn’t always the best path for teens

College isn’t always the best path for teens By Secretary Alexander Acosta and Chairwoman Virginia Foxx When Americans make career choices, they should be encouraged to consider a broad range of options that fit their diverse talents and interests. For many, their career path will take them to higher education. That was the case for us. A university degree is right for many young people, yet it is not the only route to career success. We need to change the perception of a single “right” career ...

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The T-Word

You t**** animals. You educate people. Never let Chairwoman Foxx catch you using the T-word, especially during Apprenticeship Week. Committee on Education and the Workforce Republicans are in the business of educating people, and that means never using the T-word in conjunction with people. Here's why: To watch the video, click here.

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52 years is a long time to wait...

Lyndon B. Johnson's Vision for Higher Education No Longer Serves Students By Chairwoman Virginia Foxx The Higher Education Act of 1965 turns 52 years old Wednesday. To call this legislation groundbreaking would only tell part of its story. It did break ground, but the evidence suggests that now we’re stuck in the mud. In the middle of the last century, the Higher Education Act was billed as a reliable path out of poverty for everyone. However, in the generations that have come along since the o...

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ICYMI: Time to Put Politics Aside and Provide Certainty for Local Businesses

Time to Put Politics Aside and Provide Certainty for Local Businesses By Rep. Bradley Byrne & Rep. Henry Cuellar Republicans and Democrats don’t always agree on how to promote economic growth and opportunity. But the American people are counting on us to find common ground wherever we can. We know there is more that brings us together than divides us. One view we share is that small businesses drive our nation’s economy and play a critical role in our communities. Every congressional district r...

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