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Opening Statement by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Joint Subcommittee Hearing on “Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7): Equal Pay for Equal Work”

Women deserve equal pay for equal work. Congress affirmed this value with the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal to pay different wages to employees of the opposite sex for equal work. Everyone in this room must continue to uphold and defend this important principle, but the legislation under discussion today, the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act, is the wrong approach to ensure that current equal pay protections are fortified. It may come as a surprise to some that the Paycheck Fairnes...

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Opening Statement by Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Joint Subcommittee Hearing on “Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7): Equal Pay for Equal Work”

Women deserve equal pay for equal work. In 1963, Congress amended the Fair Labor Standards Act with the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal to pay different wages to employees of the opposite sex for equal work. The following year, Congress approved the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made it illegal for employers to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. These laws marked a seismic shift in the United States as we affirmed as a nation that discrimination cannot have...

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Fighting for Equal Pay, Not Trial-Lawyer Handouts

In 1963 and 1964, Congress passed a series of acts making it illegal to pay employees different wages on the basis of sex and for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. These important laws laid the foundation for the modern-day workplace and stated unequivocally that discrimination will not be tolerated. These laws didn’t produce a discrimination-free world overnight; however, with each passing decade we have seen incredible progress and great...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader, Full Committee Hearing on “Underpaid Teachers and Crumbling Schools: How Underfunding Public Education Shortchanges America’s Students”

Teachers work hard on behalf of American students and families, and they deserve paychecks that reflect their tireless efforts. And all students deserve access to safe, clean, and healthy school facilities, regardless of zip code. To dispute these two facts would make anyone out of touch with reality. Over the past year, there’s been a steady stream of well-publicized strikes across the country. Teachers unions in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Los Angeles, and most recently Denver,...

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Teachers and Students Deserve More Than Old Ideas

All students deserve access to a safe and healthy learning environment, and America’s teachers deserve a paycheck that reflects their efforts in the classroom. This is a principle that Republicans and Democrats agree on, but our solutions differ drastically. “It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. When it comes to these two issues—teacher pay and school construction—Democrats have not had a new idea in decades,”...

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Fighting for Equal Pay, Not Trial-Lawyer Handouts

In 1963 and 1964, Congress passed a series of acts making it illegal to pay employees different wages on the basis of sex and for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. These important laws laid the foundation for the modern-day workplace and stated unequivocally that discrimination will not be tolerated. These laws didn’t produce a discrimination-free world overnight; however, with each passing decade we have seen incredible progress and great...

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Teachers and Students Deserve More Than Old Ideas

All students deserve access to a safe and healthy learning environment, and America’s teachers deserve a paycheck that reflects their efforts in the classroom. This is a principle that Republicans and Democrats agree on, but our solutions differ drastically. “It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. When it comes to these two issues—teacher pay and school construction—Democrats have not had a new idea in decades,”...

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Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Bad for Workers, Bad for Businesses, Bad for the Economy

In a hearing that lasted all day, Committee Democrats tried desperately to convince themselves that a far-left socialist proposal to arbitrarily hike the minimum wage by 107 percent could go mainstream. It didn’t work. In a fascinating case study in denial, Committee Democrats made three claims: that more than doubling the current minimum wage to $15 an hour will be good for workers, good for businesses, and good for the economy. Workers, small business owners, economists, and Committee Republic...

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Committee Republicans Affirm Commitment to Workers with Pre-Existing Conditions

In a hearing House Democrats scripted and orchestrated to distort the record and intimidate Americans with pre-existing conditions, Committee Republicans seized the opportunity to affirm their commitment to Americans with pre-existing health conditions and shed new light on the ways a strong economy gives all Americans the healthcare options they desperately need. “Americans with pre-existing conditions need health insurance. This is a fact, a value that Congress has affirmed now countless times...

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Committee Republicans Support Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts

Committee Republicans today submitted comments to the Department of Education in response to proposed regulations under Title IX to prevent sexual assaults and provide greater clarity to educational institutions on how to respond to allegations of sexual harassment. The letter, signed by Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Republican subcommittee leaders Rep. James Comer (R-KY) of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Resources, Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) of...

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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 by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Joint Subcommittee Hearing on “Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7): Equal Pay for Equal Work”

Women deserve equal pay for equal work. Congress affirmed this value with the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal to pay different wages to employees of the opposite sex for equal work. Everyone in this room must continue to uphold and defend this important principle, but the legislation under discussion today, the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act, is the wrong approach to ensure that current equal pay protections are fortified. It may come as a surprise to some that the Paycheck Fairnes...

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Opening Statement by Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Joint Subcommittee Hearing on “Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7): Equal Pay for Equal Work”

Women deserve equal pay for equal work. In 1963, Congress amended the Fair Labor Standards Act with the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal to pay different wages to employees of the opposite sex for equal work. The following year, Congress approved the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made it illegal for employers to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. These laws marked a seismic shift in the United States as we affirmed as a nation that discrimination cannot have...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader, Full Committee Hearing on “Underpaid Teachers and Crumbling Schools: How Underfunding Public Education Shortchanges America’s Students”

Teachers work hard on behalf of American students and families, and they deserve paychecks that reflect their tireless efforts. And all students deserve access to safe, clean, and healthy school facilities, regardless of zip code. To dispute these two facts would make anyone out of touch with reality. Over the past year, there’s been a steady stream of well-publicized strikes across the country. Teachers unions in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Los Angeles, and most recently Denver,...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader, Hearing on “Gradually Raising the Minimum Wage to $15: Good for Workers, Good for Businesses, and Good for the Economy”

Over the last several years, the far-left has begun to call for extreme social policies that were, until recently, considered too radical for the mainstream. But as the far-left has become more frenetic, they have begun to demand headline-grabbing but unworkable policies like free college, universal health care, and a more than doubling of the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour. Liberal activists are trying to sell a radical minimum wage hike as a benefit to working class Ame...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Republican Leader, Hearing on “Examining Threats to Workers with Preexisting Conditions”

Americans with pre-existing conditions need health insurance. This is a fact, and a value that Congress and the President have affirmed countless times. It’s also the law. Insurance companies are prohibited from denying or not renewing health coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Insurance companies are banned from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Insurance companies are banned from excluding benefits based on a pre-existing condition. Insurance companies are prevented ...

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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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ICYMI: Preview Of The Coming Medicare For All Debate

ICYMI: Preview Of The Coming Medicare For All Debate By Grace-Marie Turner—Thursday February 7, 2019 The pre-existing condition scare tactics continue. I testified yesterday—as the sole witness called by the Republican minority—during a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on “Examining Threats to Workers with Preexisting Conditions.” It was the first hearing of the new Congress under the new Chairman Bobby Scott, D-VA, and virtually all members on both sides of the aisle stayed to ask q...

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National School Choice Week: “Every student deserves an excellent education…”

Click here to watch the video online. Remarks as delivered: “Thank you, Madam Speaker. “This week, I am delighted to celebrate the promise of school choice alongside thousands of teachers, students, and their families. “Every student deserves an excellent education, and school choice empowers parents to choose the right education for their children. Through school choice, all students have increased access to charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, homeschooling, and other innovative ...

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What's in a name?

Education and Labor Committee Senior Republican Virginia Foxx sheds some light on the committee’s history, why words matter, and what it means to work for everybody. Watch video here.

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ICYMI: Stop Calling It [That]

By Rep. Virginia Foxx — from the January 2, 2019 print edition I know how it feels to be the only woman in a room of powerful men. I also know how it feels to be tuned out because of how I look or where I’m from. For these reasons I’m sympathetic to those who are passionate about changing culture for the better by promoting “inclusive” language. But the focus on inclusivity hasn’t extended to the way we talk about education. Education has always been the key to opportunity in America, rightly c...

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Five Ways We’ve Made America Better: Leading real postsecondary education reform

Seven million unfilled jobs and more than $1.5 trillion in student debt means that the status quo is doing more harm than good. In the 115th Congress, the Committee on Education and the Workforce changed the conversation around higher education. Americans have invested billions of dollars and countless hours of hard work into higher education in an effort to earn a better job and live a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, today’s chaotic maze of federal aid programs, requirements, and red tape has d...

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