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Combatting COVID-19

In times of economic growth as well as in times of crisis, Congress should always work to ensure that the federal government meets its obligations to the American people. Committee Republicans stand ready to advance policies that will help Americans who are suffering from the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus.

H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (Phase 1)
Signed into law by President Trump on March 6, 2020

H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Phase 2)
Signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020

H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Phase 3)
Signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020

H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (Phase 3.5)
Signed into law by President Trump on April 24, 2020

Fact Sheets:

Press Releases/Blogs:

Foxx Statement on Coronavirus Relief Package December 21, 2020
"Despite Speaker Pelosi’s previous partisan responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of leadership, today’s legislation will provide critical relief to workers, students, and families as we continue to recover from this global pandemic..."

NPR: Are the Risks of Reopening Schools Exaggerated? October 23, 2020
"We all agree that the safety of our children must be prioritized when discussing reopening plans. Encouragingly, recent studies have found a minimal link between opening schools and COVID-19 cases..."

ICYMI: The Pandemic is Forcing Women Out of the Workforce. There's a Way to Fix That. October 13, 2020
"The COVID-19 pandemic has presented families with unique challenges, from dealing with pandemic-related school closures, navigating virtual learning, accessing affordable child care, or all of the above. Unfortunately, the reality is that women in the workforce have faced the brunt of these obstacles..."

Foxx Welcomes USDA Extension of Child Nutrition Waivers October 9, 2020
“Today’s action from USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will provide families with flexibility and peace of mind that students in need will have access to nutritious meals through the end of the school year..."

@EdLaborGOP Joins Initiative to Protect Children October 6, 2020
"According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), reports of online child exploitation have increased as much as 126 percent during COVID-19..."

Foxx Statement on Pelosi's Socialist Wishlist Part II October 1, 2020
"While millions of Americans face unprecedented challenges, Speaker Pelosi is focused on wasting taxpayer dollars to forgive private student loans and bail out failing pension plans for select community newspapers. These Democrat objectives have nothing to do with combating COVID-19." 

Disingenuous and Disappointing October 1, 2020
"Our colleagues across the aisle try to convince Americans that this bill is a compromise and bipartisan. That’s a joke, Mr. Speaker. Compromise to Democrats means do it their way. When it comes to spending taxpayers’ hard-earned money though, the Democrats just can’t seem to help themselves."

Foxx Applauds USDA Extension of School Nutrition Waivers August 31, 2020
Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), per Foxx’s urging, announced it will extend nationwide school nutrition program waivers through the end of the calendar year...

Foxx Leads Letter Urging USDA to Give Schools Flexibility Needed to Feed Students During COVID August 26, 2020
House Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC), along with 24 Republican Members from the Education and Labor Committee and the Agriculture Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the implementation of child nutrition program flexibilities allowed under law so schools have the flexibility they need to feed students during the coronavirus...

Foxx, Oversight Republicans Probe One-Size-Fits-All School Reopening Orders August 13, 2020
House Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC), House Oversight and Reform Committee Republican Leader James Comer (R-KY), and Republican members of the Oversight Committee sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos probing the lawfulness of local orders prohibiting private and parochial schools from safely reopening and providing in-person instruction to students...

Safely Reopening Schools is NOT a Partisan Issue August 6, 2020
"More than 55 million students were affected by COVID-19-related school closures this past spring, and there is no question that this has harmed students’ ability to learn successfully..."

House Democrats Sidestep Bipartisanship, Pass Partisan Child Care Bill July 29, 2020
Today, House Democrats passed H.R. 7027, partisan child care legislation that burdens children's future with debt, ties providers hands with bureaucratic red tape, and fails to offer relief to all providers...

House Democrats Push Partisan Child Care Legislation July 29, 2020
House Democrats are pushing partisan child care legislation that spends billions of taxpayer dollars recklessly, places more burdensome requirements on child care providers, and denies support for certain eligible providers...

Allen Opening Statement at Hearing on Safely Reopening Schools July 23, 2020
"Reopening America’s schools has dominated family conversations around the country the last few weeks. The good news is, science is on our side and federal agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state agencies, like the Georgia Department of Public Health, have provided detailed reports on how we can reopen schools safely..."

Smucker Opening Statement at Hearing on COVID-19 Impact on Higher Education July 7, 2020
"COVID-19 has disrupted nearly every aspect of American society, including higher education. Back in early March, the University of Washington became the first school to cancel in-person classes. Today, over one thousand colleges and universities have shifted to online-only instruction..."

Foxx Opening Statement at Hearing on COVID-19 Impacts on Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce June 22, 2020
"Mr. Chairman, you’ve heard me express my concerns about these virtual Committee hearings, but it bears repeating – they fly in the face of 230 years of congressional and legislative precedent. These virtual events undermine what our Founders intended when they created our representative republic. Americans are stepping up to help combat this virus, while their elected leaders in the House, entrusted with the job of representing their constituents, stay home..."

Foxx Opening Statement at Hearing to Assess Impacts of COVID-19 on K-12 Education June 15, 2020
"Just as our teachers are working to overcome the many challenges this global pandemic poses, this nation’s elected officials must also step up and do the job they were elected to do. This means working from D.C. and being physically present like our Founders intended. That is why Committee Republicans are participating in today’s hearing in person from our hearing room..."

Foxx, Walberg Slam Unions for Collecting Dues from Unemployed June 2, 2020
"We are concerned that the continuing collection of union dues from unemployed workers is imposing an additional and unnecessary hardship on these workers and their families—making it even more difficult for struggling Americans to make ends meet...” 

ICYMI: Highlights from Workers' Safety Hearing May 29, 2020
"OHSA and NIOSH are working around the clock to ensure that workers are protected from the unique dangers of COVID-19. Rather than use the subcommittee hearing to have a productive, bipartisan discussion about workplace safety, Committee Democrats elected to use their time hurling insults at administration officials..."

Byrne Opening Statement at Hearing on Workplace Safety During COVID-19 May 28, 2020
"In fact, not much has changed since the Democrats decided at the eleventh hour to unilaterally call off last week’s hearing. OSHA and NIOSH officials, my Republican colleagues, and I were ready then to talk about the important work these agencies are doing to combat COVID-19 and we are here again today to do so. It’s unfortunate the Democrats decided to play politics on an issue they assert is a top priority..."

Protecting Job Creators, Entrepreneurs During COVID-19 May 22, 2020 
"As we continue to combat COVID-19 and businesses around the country struggle to remain solvent, workers continue to seek the flexibility and ability to earn an income on their own terms. Independent contracting provides an important source of income and entrepreneurial opportunity to millions of Americans..."

Foxx Applauds Trump Executive Order to Bolster Economic Recovery May 20, 2020
"The strong economy ushered in through Republican-led pro-growth policies was hit hard by the global outbreak of COVID-19. America’s businesses and workers might be hurting, but our economic engine isn’t down for the count..."

Democrats Play Politics With Workers' Safety Hearing May 20, 2020
"The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections was scheduled to hold a hearing today to examine the federal government’s actions to protect workers – an issue Democrats assert is a top priority. Yet, Committee Democrats called off today’s hearing in the eleventh hour..."

Foxx, Byrne Slam Democrats for Last Minute Hearing Cancellation May 19, 2020
“The topic of tomorrow’s hearing – the federal government’s actions to protect workers from COVID-19 – is an issue Congressional Democrats assert is a top priority. Yet, with less than 24 hours-notice committee Democrats unilaterally decided to cancel the hearing..."

House Democrats Pass Socialist Wish List May 15, 2020
"House Democrats and Speaker Pelosi are using this global health pandemic to appease the extreme left instead of putting the American people first. They are truly living up to their own words: ‘never let a crisis go to waste’ and it is shameful..."

House Democrats Destroy 200 Years of Precedent May 15, 2020
“Speaker Pelosi has decided to fundamentally shift the deliberative power of the People’s House through a proxy voting scheme that will diminish the rights of the minority..."

Foxx Opposes Pelosi's $3 Trillion Socialist Wish List May 15, 2020
"At a time when Americans are stepping up for one another it is truly disheartening to watch House Democrats and Speaker Pelosi fail to deliver for our nation’s families, workers, and businesses..."

Foxx: "Today is a dark day in the history of our country" May 15, 2020
"Today is a dark day in the history of our country and for that I rise in opposition to H. Res. 965, partisan legislation that would upend more than 200 years of precedent and jeopardize the deliberative process of the House of Representatives..."

Republican Leader Foxx Joins Top Republicans in Slamming Democrats' Committee Power Grab May 14, 2020
"Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), joined 21 top Republicans in a letter to Democratic leadership slamming their proposed rule changes that launch an assault on the rights of the minority party and topples 200 years of precedent in the House of Representatives..."

ICYMI: Foxx, Top Republicans Scrutinize Chinese Funding at U.S. Universities May 5, 2020
"In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, China has proven itself to be increasingly hostile in its efforts to suppress academic research into the origins of the virus..."

Top House Republicans Announce Probe into Chinese Efforts to Infiltrate U.S. Colleges May 4, 2020
"Today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, along with top Republicans from six House committees, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking for information about the Chinese Communist Party's investment in American colleges and universities to further its strategic and propaganda goals..."

Foxx Statement at COVID-19 Virtual Roundtable May 1, 2020
"During today’s virtual forum with the members of the Committee on Education and Labor, Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) discussed the impact of COVID-19 and proposals to support workers, families, businesses, and communities..."

FRIDAY: Full Committee Holds Virtual Forum to Discuss COVID-19 Response April 27, 2020
"On Friday, Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) will host a virtual forum with the members of the Committee on Education and Labor to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and share solutions to address the crisis..."

Protecting Independent Contractors During COVID-19 April 10, 2020
"While Congress has taken important action to provide relief to millions of American workers and businesses, independent contractors and the sharing economy still face unique challenges..."

Coronavirus Legislation Heads to President's Desk: Phase 3 Highlights March 27, 2020
"After days of unnecessary Democrat political posturing, today the House of Representatives passed by voice vote a coronavirus response package – phase 3 – that is the result of necessary bipartisan collaboration..."

Foxx Slams Democrats for Partisan COVID-19 Bill March 23, 2020
"This is a socialist dream agenda full of permanent policy changes that Democrats are attempting to jam through during an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. It is disgraceful..."

Relief for Students During COVID-19 March 20, 2020
"Times of uncertainty require government leaders to step up and provide security. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that borrowers can temporarily suspend student loan payments without financial penalty..."

ICYMI: FCC Increases Student Access to Online Learning During COVID-19 School Closures March 20, 2020
"Simply put, as schools begin relying more on e-connectivity during these trying times, online learning will become more accessible for students and teachers, including those in rural communities..."

Foxx, House Republicans Statement on Senate Coronavirus Response Package March 19, 2020
"The American worker, family, and business owner are counting on their government to act with speed and precision in this time of extraordinary need..."

ICYMI: USDA Announces Partnership to Provide 1 Million Meals to Rural Children March 17, 2020
"The coronavirus has led 72,000 schools to shut down operations, affecting nearly 40 million students. So, the Trump administration is taking action to ensure that school meals are reaching those in need..."

Foxx Votes for Families First Coronavirus Response Act March 14, 2020
“With the passage of tonight’s bipartisan legislation, we are taking action to help Americans suffering from the health and economic consequences of the coronavirus..."

Comer, Bonamici Introduce Bill to Protect Access to School Meals During School Closures March 11, 2020
“In the wake of rising school closures across the country aimed at preventing further spread of the coronavirus, this bill is a critical step toward ensuring that our students maintain access to the school meals they rely on for their health and well-being..."

Committee Hearings:

"Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, delivered remarks at a subcommittee hearing on safely reopening America's K-12 schools..."

A Major Test: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Higher Education July 7, 2020
"Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, delivered remarks at a subcommittee hearing to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the future of higher education..."

Inequities Exposed: How COVID-19 Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce June 22, 2020
"Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, delivered remarks at a full committee hearing to examine COVID-19 impacts on racial inequities in education, health, and the workforce..."

Budget Cuts and Lost Learning: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education June 15, 2020
"Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, delivered remarks at a full committee hearing to examine the impacts of COVID-19 on K-12 education..."

Examining the Federal Government's Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19 May 28, 2020
"Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, delivered remarks at a subcommittee hearing to examine the federal government's actions to protect workers from COVID-19..."

Committee Discussions:

Virtual Member Roundtable on COVID-19 May 1, 2020
“During today’s virtual forum with the members of the Committee on Education and Labor, Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) discussed the impact of COVID-19 and proposals to support workers, families, businesses, and communities..."

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