WATCH: Republicans Celebrate Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Children

This week, Republican Members on the Committee on Education and Labor spoke on the House floor to praise bipartisan legislation aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect in the United States. The bill, Stronger CAPTA, passed in the House on Monday. WATCH Republican Leader Virginia Foxx and other Members speak below: To watch video, click here.

Opening Statement of Rep. Lloyd Smucker, Hearing on "Engines of Economic Mobility"

We’re all here today because we believe that every American should have the opportunity to pursue postsecondary education. We know doors are opened by a college degree, and we understand the importance of making this kind of opportunity achievable for everyone in our country. Higher education can help set individuals on the right path to achieve the American dream. While it's not the only pathway to a high-quality, family-sustaining job, it provides many with the opportunity to get their foot in...

Opening Statement of Republican Leader Virginia Foxx, Hearing on “Eliminating Barriers to Employment: Opening Doors to Opportunity”

This hearing is supposedly about barriers to employment, not opportunities for federal spending, federal involvement, and federal power. We could use a little truth in advertising today. It seems our colleagues on the other side have done their level best to have a hearing about employment without addressing the role of education. Or put another way, skills development. That shows two things. First, a fundamental disregard for why this committee exists to do what it does—education policy and wo...

Eliminating Barriers, Enabling Individual Prosperity

Today, in a hearing titled “Eliminating Barriers to Employment: Opening Doors to Opportunity,” Republicans took the opportunity to focus on the greatest barrier to employment for Americans from every community and from every walk of life: the failure of American postsecondary education. Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said in her opening statement, “It seems our colleagues on the other side have done their level best to have a hearing about employment without addressing the role of educat...

Republican Workforce Leaders Applaud Department of Labor for Proposed Overtime Pay Rule

Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, along with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), sent a letter to Secretary Acosta in support of the Department of Labor's propo...

WATCH: Republican Leader Foxx tells the truth about H.R. 5

To watch Republican Leader Virginia Foxx's remarks, click here. I rise as the leader of the Republicans on the Education and Labor Committee, which should have had an opportunity to consider this legislation fully, considering its vast implications for educational institutions and employers. We did not have that opportunity. Instead, we had a single subcommittee hearing. As a fierce advocate for the Education and Labor Committee, I would never deem any subcommittee unimportant, but it was the s...

Opening Statement for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Markup on H.R. 2574 and H.R. 2639

Thank you for yielding. As I reviewed the legislation we’re here to consider, it became clear that the question before us today is not one of equality for all children. That’s simply, thankfully, no longer a question. It never should have been. Separate is not and was never equal. Racism is wrong. Segregation is wrong. While its place in the law is finally over, its lingering effects are not. As we’ve noted several times during this Congress, changes to the law do not mean changes to individual...

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