Foxx, Walberg Applaud DOL Rule to Improve Union Transparency and Accountability

Today, Republican Workforce Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), submitted a comment letter to Secretary Eugene Scalia supporting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule to increase transparency and accountability among union intermediate bodies, which are mid-level public sector labor organizations. In the letter, Reps. Foxx and Walberg write: “Improving the integrity of labor unions is particularly important in the public se...

Ending Surprise Medical Billing

Heart wrenching stories of American workers and families who have been devastated by surprise medical bills are far too common throughout our country. This harmful and increasing practice leaves patients with uncertainty and apprehension about how to meet their health care expenses. It’s understandable that surprise medical bills are the leading health care concern for Americans, surpassing worries about high premiums, high deductibles, and rising drug costs. The good news? There is bipartisan a...

Cline Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Family and Medical Leave

Today, Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA), Republican Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, delivered the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at a subcommittee hearing on family and medical leave: “Balancing a career and a family can be a challenge for many workers, especially when life-altering events, like the birth or adoption of a new child, or a serious illness occur. Allowing workers to take time away from their jobs during these moments ensures that these employees ca...

Committee Advances Bipartisan Solution to Ban Surprise Billing

Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Ban Surprise Billing Act (H.R. 5800), a bipartisan proposal to protect patients from devastating surprise medical bills. The legislation builds on various bipartisan solutions to shield patients from unexpected out-of-pocket health care costs. "The fear of an unexpected medical bill can be paralyzing, and we as elected Representatives cannot sit idly by as American families forgo care they need for fear that they’ll end up responsible for ...

Walberg Statement at Markup of Bipartisan Surprise Billing Legislation

Today, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, delivered the following statement in response to the Democrats' Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute, as prepared for delivery, at a committee markup of bipartisan legislation, H.R. 5800, the Ban Surprise Billing Act: "The harmful practice of surprise billing leaves American workers and families with uncertainty and apprehension about how to meet their health care costs. "Accordin...

Foxx Opening Statement at Markup of Bipartisan Surprise Billing 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 bipartisan legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills, H.R. 5800, the Ban Surprise Billing Act: "I think most members on both sides would agree with me that we have days when we wonder ‘Why are we here?’ I have been thinking a lot about that question in relation to this issue of surprise billing...

Education and Labor Committee Leaders Unveil Bipartisan Proposal to Ban Surprise Billing, Markup Scheduled Tuesday

Today, Education and Labor Committee Leaders Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) unveiled the Ban Surprise Billing Act, a bipartisan agreement to protect patients from devastating surprise bills. The Committee is scheduled to markup the legislation on Tuesday, February 11. “Unexpected medical bills cause a significant amount of financial and emotional stress for American workers and families,” said Republican Leader Foxx. “Patients deserve access to clear information about th...

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