Working Hard or Hardly Working? Democrats Sidestep Bipartisan Solutions.

Modernizing the apprenticeship system in this country is more important than ever as our nation recovers from COVID-19 and millions are seeking to reenter the workforce. This is why we should be doing all we can to expand employers’ opportunities to address the needs of their current and prospective workers. Unfortunately, Democrats chose a partisan approach and marked up a bill, H.R. 8924, that closes pathways to work for students and job seekers. Republicans’ Pro-Innovation Solution The Republ...

Foxx Commends President Trump for Surprise Billing Executive Order

Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Order to combat the harmful practice of surprise medical billing: “Rising health care costs and surprise medical bills continue to be issues that weigh heavily on all American families, especially during a pandemic. I commend President Trump for his focus on addressing the growing problem of surprise billing. In Congress, several H...

Smucker Offers Pro-Innovation Amendment During Apprenticeship Markup

Today, Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, delivered the following statement after offering a pro-innovation amendment during a committee markup of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 (H.R. 8294): "As we have heard today, Republicans and Democrats agree that apprenticeships play a critical role in addressing our nation’s skills gap by preparing workers for meaningful, well-paying careers. Modernizing the apprenticeshi...

Foxx Opening Statement at Markup of Partisan Apprenticeship Legislation

Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, delivered the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at a committee markup of H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, partisan legislation that will close potential pathways to work and fails to provide flexibility for job creators. “American innovation is no accident. It must be cultivated by education in all its forms. Yet, too many Americans believe that the only pathway to...

Celebrating American Business Women’s Day

Today, as our nation works to overcome unprecedented COVID-19 challenges, we pause to recognize and celebrate America’s bold and intelligent businesswomen who will serve as trailblazers for future generations. Fearless women nationwide have experienced historic levels of economic empowerment thanks to Republican-led, pro-growth policies. On this American Business Women’s Day, we’re reminded that the #GreatAmericanComeback would not be possible without their leadership, grit, and determination. I...

Foxx Applauds DOL’s Rulemaking on Independent Contractor Status

Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule which establishes criteria for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act: “The flexibility and opportunity offered in our modern economy by the independent contractor model cannot be understated. Workers today can utilize their skills and leverage their...

Democrats Deny Protections for Religious Organizations

During today’s debate of H.R. 2694, Democrats opposed an amendment offered by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, that would protect religious organizations from being forced to make employment decisions that conflict with their faith. During the amendment debate, Rep. Foxx said on the House floor: "Republicans support protections in federal law for pregnant workers, and we believe employers should provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant work...

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