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Foxx, Walberg Statement on Nomination 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 President Trump announced the nomination of John Ring to fill a vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “The National Labor Relations Board needs strong, experienced, and objective leaders who will make the protection of workers and job creators, n...

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Holding Job Corps to a Higher Standard of Accountability

The Job Corps program has the potential to offer a lifeline to disadvantaged youth, and can be instrumental in helping them become responsible and employable members of the workforce. The program was created to encourage civic engagement, and many past students have been able to use their Job Corps experience as a launching pad to a fulfilling life and career. However, though its purpose is powerful, it is no secret that the Job Corps program has been plagued by systemic mismanagement and lapses...

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Foxx and Walberg Praise Passage of Legislation to Protect Sovereign Rights of Native American Businesses and Workers

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 statement after the adoption of the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act within legislation passed by the House of Representatives: “This is a long overdue solution to protecting the rights of Native Americans, and respecting their laws the same as state and local governments. The bureaucrati...

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ICYMI: Today's College Students Aren't Who You Think

Today's College Students Aren't Who You Think By Melissa Korn and Kathryn Tam Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Republicans on Capitol Hill are advocating a fundamental rethink of higher education, pushing for more vocational programs and shorter pathways to credentials. With a House bill aimed at rewriting the 52-year-old Higher Education Act introduced late last year and a Senate version expected in the spring, lawmakers have helped fuel a national discussion over who should be on the path ...

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The National Labor Relations Board Starting Off on the Right Foot in 2018

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent federal agency intended to protect the rights of workers, but over the course of the Obama administration, the NLRB handed down many extreme and partisan rulings that harmed American workers and small businesses. Unions were emboldened, while job creation was stifled by the radical policies created by the activist Board. To provide job creators and their employees the regulatory relief they need in the new year, the new Republican major...

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Foxx, Walberg Statement on Nomination 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 President Trump announced the nomination of John Ring to fill a vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “The National Labor Relations Board needs strong, experienced, and objective leaders who will make the protection of workers and job creators, n...

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Foxx and Walberg Praise Passage of Legislation to Protect Sovereign Rights of Native American Businesses and Workers

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 statement after the adoption of the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act within legislation passed by the House of Representatives: “This is a long overdue solution to protecting the rights of Native Americans, and respecting their laws the same as state and local governments. The bureaucrati...

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Foxx and Walberg Applaud Expansion of Access to Healthcare for Families and Small Businesses

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 statement following the announcement of the Department of Labor’s proposed rule on the expansion of association health plans (AHPs): “The Committee on Education and the Workforce has led the way to replace Obamacare with fair, workable and high-quality health care coverage options and...

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POSTPONED: Secretary DeVos to Testify at Hearing on Department of Education

Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) today announced that the committee will hold a hearing on POSTPONED Wednesday, December 20 at 2 p.m. on “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education". The Honorable Betsy DeVos, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, will testify at this hearing. The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Witness The Honorable Besty DeVos Secretary Department of Education W...

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Foxx Praises NLRB Ruling to Reinstate Previous Joint-Employer Standard

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement upon the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s vote to overrule its 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, and roll back the convoluted joint employer scheme that threatens American job creation: “Today’s decision by the NLRB to reinstate the pre-Browning-Ferris joint employer standard is a major victory for local business operators and employees across the countr...

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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 Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) | Markup of H.R. 4508, the PROSPER Act

We are here today to consider H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act—the PROSPER Act. We have a lot of work ahead of us today, so in the hopes of leading by example, I will keep my remarks brief. It is my belief that lifelong learning is what enables Americans to pursue the lives they want for themselves. The desire for lifelong learning is not always developed in a semester-by-semester or a 2, 4, or 6 year degree program. It is an individ...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) | Markup of H.R. 4508, the PROSPER Act

I am proud to be a cosponsor of the PROSPER Act, and truly believe the measures within this bill are essential to improve access, completion, and accountability across the higher education system. Most importantly, it will provide students with the opportunity to complete an education that will put them one step closer to achieving the American Dream. I will echo what Chairwoman Foxx has said in the past to members of this committee as we crafted the PROSPER Act: we are in the business of reform...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) | Hearing on Workplace Leave Policies

This century has a vastly different business landscape than the last. From the advent of the gig economy to the demand for telework and other work-life policies that address employees’ needs, “business as usual” just doesn’t work for working families anymore. In response, many employers have implemented and continue to implement innovative paid leave policies. In fact, today’s workers are starting to consider these paid leave policies alongside other traditional, tangible benefits like pay raise...

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Rep. Walberg Opening Statement (R-MI) | Subcommittee Hearing on “Financial Challenges Facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Implications for Pension Plans, Workers, and Retirees"

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing on the financial challenges facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the impact to workers and retirees. George Miller was a liberal lion of this Committee. While we very often disagreed, I admired his commitment to ensuring Americans have the ability to retire with dignity. In 2014, he worked with John Kline, then our Chairman, to try to solve a real problem: a retirement system on the brink of collapse. They put politics asid...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Virginia Foxx (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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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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Holding Job Corps to a Higher Standard of Accountability

The Job Corps program has the potential to offer a lifeline to disadvantaged youth, and can be instrumental in helping them become responsible and employable members of the workforce. The program was created to encourage civic engagement, and many past students have been able to use their Job Corps experience as a launching pad to a fulfilling life and career. However, though its purpose is powerful, it is no secret that the Job Corps program has been plagued by systemic mismanagement and lapses...

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ICYMI: Today's College Students Aren't Who You Think

Today's College Students Aren't Who You Think By Melissa Korn and Kathryn Tam Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Republicans on Capitol Hill are advocating a fundamental rethink of higher education, pushing for more vocational programs and shorter pathways to credentials. With a House bill aimed at rewriting the 52-year-old Higher Education Act introduced late last year and a Senate version expected in the spring, lawmakers have helped fuel a national discussion over who should be on the path ...

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The National Labor Relations Board Starting Off on the Right Foot in 2018

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent federal agency intended to protect the rights of workers, but over the course of the Obama administration, the NLRB handed down many extreme and partisan rulings that harmed American workers and small businesses. Unions were emboldened, while job creation was stifled by the radical policies created by the activist Board. To provide job creators and their employees the regulatory relief they need in the new year, the new Republican major...

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ICYMI: Higher Education Bill Could Heat Up Competition for Adult Students

Higher Education Bill Could Heat Up Competition for Adult Students By Melissa Korn and Douglas Belkin The Republican bid to overhaul higher education is likely to heat up competition in the fastest-growing segment of the college market: adults over the age of 24. When Congress passed the Higher Education Act in 1965, about one in four students were adults. Today, nearly 40% of college students are 25 or older. The bill proposed by Republicans earlier this month aims to better align academic pro...

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Office Hours With Professor Foxx: “There Are Always Ways to Complete an Education”

How to pay for school is a question everyone asks. Chairwoman Foxx spent many years as an academic advisor. She knows a thing or two about how students can remain engaged in their intellectual pursuits, regardless of financial obstacles. Students deserve better than the status quo, and that’s why the PROSPER Act will bring the reforms students need to complete an affordable postsecondary education. To watch the video, click here.

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