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Republicans Introduce Bill to Expand Health Care Options for Small Businesses

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Republican Leader of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, joined by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, today introduced the Association Health Plans Act of 2019, legislation to expand health care options and lower costs for small businesses through association health plans (AHPs). Upon the bill's introduction, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) said: “Associatio...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Hearing on “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education”

Thank you for yielding. Thank you, Secretary DeVos, for being here today. Today’s hearing will provide Members of the Committee with a chance to hear about the Department’s priorities and what Department leadership is doing to provide greater opportunities to students at every level of education. Committee Republicans are deeply committed to ensuring that all programs under the Department’s jurisdiction are implemented effectively and help grantees and stakeholders provide students a high-qualit...

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We’re Listening…Even if Committee Democrats Aren’t

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos believes that a great education: shouldn’t be determined by where you live nor by who you know; shouldn’t be determined by family income; and, shouldn’t be an old-school, one-size-fits-all approach. Secretary DeVos believes a great education grants freedom. “This Administration focuses on freedom for teachers. Freedom for parents. And freedom for all students. Because we recognize each is a unique individual, and each should be treated as such. Every...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Markup of H.R. 1010

Thank you for yielding. It is unfortunate that you chose not to consider fully this committee’s interest and important stake in the House Democrat version of the Violence Against Women Act before it made it to the House floor last week, and before that H.R. 1, you’ve deemed this one-sentence Democratic attack on the administration worthy of the full committee’s consideration without a hearing on the issue. Nevertheless, the fact that a bill referred primarily to the Energy and Commerce Committee...

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Opening Statement of Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Subcommittee Hearing on “The Equality Act (H.R. 5): Ensuring the Right to Learn and Work Free from Discrimination”

Thank you for yielding. I want to add my welcome to all the witnesses for being here today. You have quite the task ahead of you. This is the first hearing this Committee, which has a referral on H.R. 5, has scheduled on the bill, and it’s being considered a legislative hearing. That means we’re supposed to talk about the bill itself. However, we skipped the step of holding a hearing on the underlying issues of the bill. I’m sure there are reasons for that, but that means our members haven’t had...

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Republicans Introduce Bill to Expand Health Care Options for Small Businesses

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Republican Leader of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, joined by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, today introduced the Association Health Plans Act of 2019, legislation to expand health care options and lower costs for small businesses through association health plans (AHPs). Upon the bill's introduction, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) said: “Associatio...

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We’re Listening…Even if Committee Democrats Aren’t

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos believes that a great education: shouldn’t be determined by where you live nor by who you know; shouldn’t be determined by family income; and, shouldn’t be an old-school, one-size-fits-all approach. Secretary DeVos believes a great education grants freedom. “This Administration focuses on freedom for teachers. Freedom for parents. And freedom for all students. Because we recognize each is a unique individual, and each should be treated as such. Every...

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Fighting for Affordable Options – Not Government-Mandated Health Care

Today, Committee Democrats convened a markup on H.R. 1010, a one-sentence bill that will not lower drug prices, will not protect anyone from surprise medical bills, will not lower premiums, will not cut any out-of-pocket costs, and will not provide any tax relief. All H.R. 1010 will do is eliminate short-term limited duration insurance plans which provide many Americans with insurance options in the individual health insurance market. “If House Democrats want to attempt to codify and enshrine in...

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Gutting Individual Freedoms in the Name of Identity Politics

Democrats’ bill, H.R. 5, the Equality Act, is named in such a way to imply that the legislation advocates for all people. In fact, this legislation replaced inherent religious liberties with identity politics. “[A]s I look at H.R. 5 and learn more about what’s in the bill, I’m deeply troubled, and I believe most Americans would be deeply troubled, by what’s really there. This bill is following in the tradition of others we have seen so far throughout Congress. A clever name, an allegedly noble p...

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Strengthening Accountability in Higher Ed

In today’s Higher Education and Workforce Investment hearing on accountability, Committee Republicans emphasized that greater accountability is crucial to serving all students. “Today’s postsecondary education system looks a bit like a tangled ball of yarn. From rising tuition and student debt to lagging innovation and low graduation rates, every problem is interconnected,” Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) said in his opening statement. “But if we strengthen our accountability in higher education and r...

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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

BACKGROUND Americans face a job market that is vastly different from the one that existed a generation ago. Advances in technology and the growth of a global economy have dramatically changed the kinds of jobs that are available, making high-quality education and skills development vital to competing in today’s workplaces. In recent years, Congress has enacted reforms to improve K-12 education and modernize the nation’s workforce development system. However, more must be done to help all America...

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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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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Hearing on “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education”

Thank you for yielding. Thank you, Secretary DeVos, for being here today. Today’s hearing will provide Members of the Committee with a chance to hear about the Department’s priorities and what Department leadership is doing to provide greater opportunities to students at every level of education. Committee Republicans are deeply committed to ensuring that all programs under the Department’s jurisdiction are implemented effectively and help grantees and stakeholders provide students a high-qualit...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Markup of H.R. 1010

Thank you for yielding. It is unfortunate that you chose not to consider fully this committee’s interest and important stake in the House Democrat version of the Violence Against Women Act before it made it to the House floor last week, and before that H.R. 1, you’ve deemed this one-sentence Democratic attack on the administration worthy of the full committee’s consideration without a hearing on the issue. Nevertheless, the fact that a bill referred primarily to the Energy and Commerce Committee...

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Opening Statement of Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Subcommittee Hearing on “The Equality Act (H.R. 5): Ensuring the Right to Learn and Work Free from Discrimination”

Thank you for yielding. I want to add my welcome to all the witnesses for being here today. You have quite the task ahead of you. This is the first hearing this Committee, which has a referral on H.R. 5, has scheduled on the bill, and it’s being considered a legislative hearing. That means we’re supposed to talk about the bill itself. However, we skipped the step of holding a hearing on the underlying issues of the bill. I’m sure there are reasons for that, but that means our members haven’t had...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Subcommittee Hearing on “Strengthening Accountability in Higher Education to Better Serve Students and Taxpayers”

Thank you for yielding. A postsecondary education has long been one of the surest pathways to a good-paying job and lifelong success. Attending college is a dream for so many Americans and we’ve made great strides in reducing barriers to making that dream a reality. This is something we should celebrate but unfortunately as student access has improved, program accountability and completion of college have struggled to keep up. We have a completion problem – and students are paying the price. Eve...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Subcommittee Hearing on “Examining Surprise Billing: Protecting Patients from Financial Pain”

Thank you for yielding. The high and rising cost of health care is a significant worry for families, workers, and employers across the country. Concerns about high premiums, high deductibles, and drug prices are known and well-documented, but the issue of surprise billing has rapidly risen to the forefront of peoples’ worries when it comes to health care. Surprise billing, sometimes called balance billing, happens when a patient visits an out-of-network care facility, or even when they are at an...

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Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education | Borrower Defense Letter

September 19, 2018 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland A venue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On July 31 , 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) proposed new institutional accountability regulations to streamline and improve the borrower defense to repayment (borrower defense) process. Students defrauded by an institution of higher education must have a clearly established and navigable process to submit a claim. Unfortunate...

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Letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta | Worker Centers

June 28, 2018 The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: We are following up regarding the Department of Labor’s (the Department) March 6, 2018, letter in response to our January 18, 2018, letter about union “worker centers” and their regulation through the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA or the Act). As you know, the Committ...

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Letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta | Worker Centers

January 18, 20 I 8 The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution A venue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: We are writing to you regarding a longstanding interest of the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee), namely the proliferation of opaquely financed, union-backed organizations known as "worker centers" over the past decade. In the view of many stakeholders and interested parties, including members of our Committee, these s...

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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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Honoring NCMEC

Watch Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader of the Committee on Education and Labor, celebrate the 35th anniversary of the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC): To watch the video, click here. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the 35th anniversary of the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Every child deserves a safe childhood; but each year, hundreds of thousands of children are...

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Who's next?

Committee Democrats used a “bipartisan” higher education hearing to vilify a sector of postsecondary education that serves approximately 10% of America’s students looking for specific career skills. No one disagrees that bad actors in education, at any level, proclaiming any purpose, must be held accountable. But the relentless drive to eliminate certain schools begs the question: who’s next? Contemporary students are pursuing postsecondary education options in record numbers. They’re looking fo...

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The Paycheck Fairness Act is not for working women

The Paycheck Fairness Act is a bill for trial lawyers, not a bill for working women. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Read what others are saying about the bill: HR Policy Association: As written, the bill would penalize legitimate, nondiscriminatory pay decisions; impose an unworkable burden of proof on employers that even The Washington Post has said “potentially invites too much intrusion and interference with core business decisions”; and add to the confusing labyrinth of state a...

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They want women to sue the boss. We want women to be the boss.

Click here to watch the video online. Remarks as delivered: Thank you, Madam Chairman. I have worked for most of my life. I entered the workforce as a young woman not because I wanted to, but because I had to. I knew the burden of poverty well. If I didn’t work to support myself, if I didn’t contribute to my family income, we would go hungry. While I have been enormously blessed to have gone from working for survival to working for pleasure and, I hope, a greater purpose, I know there are milli...

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