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ICYMI: WATCH Foxx Talk Lower Costs, #MoreCures

Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Judiciary Committee Republican Leader Doug Collins (R-GA) have introduced the Lower Costs, #MoreCures Act (H.R. 19), to lower drug costs for Americans without limiting access to cures. Watch Republican Leader Foxx discuss the Lower Costs, #MoreCures Act at yesterday’s press conference: “The Low...

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Foxx, Walden, Brady, Collins Introduce Legislation to Lower Drug Costs

Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Judiciary Committee Republican Leader Doug Collins (R-GA) today released legislation - the Lower Costs, More Cures Act (H.R. 19) - to lower drug costs for Americans without limiting access to cures. "Americans pay too much for prescription drugs and it's not right - Congress needs to step up. H...

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Foxx, Comer, Walberg Praise DOL Rule to Increase Veteran Health Care Access

Today, Republican Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), submitted a comment letter to Secretary Scalia supporting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule that will increase access to health care services for uniformed service members, veterans, and their families. Specifically, the proposed rule clarifies that DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) does not have authority over TRI...

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Foxx Opening Statement at Hearing on Trump Administration's Immigration Policies

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 full committee hearing on the Trump administration's immigration policies and children's development: “Mr. Chairman, I am disappointed by the lack of notice that staff received in order to prepare for this hearing. While the staff of the majority met the requirements under the rules of this Committee, the notice certainly did not m...

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Foxx Applauds USDA Rule on ABAWDs

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule that promotes work for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), issued the following statement today in support of this rule, which promotes self-sufficiency and encourages Americans to seek and secure gainful employment: “With over seven million unfilled jobs throughout the nation and the lowest unemployment numbers in 50 years, it is imp...

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Foxx, Walden, Brady, Collins Introduce Legislation to Lower Drug Costs

Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Judiciary Committee Republican Leader Doug Collins (R-GA) today released legislation - the Lower Costs, More Cures Act (H.R. 19) - to lower drug costs for Americans without limiting access to cures. "Americans pay too much for prescription drugs and it's not right - Congress needs to step up. H...

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Foxx, Comer, Walberg Praise DOL Rule to Increase Veteran Health Care Access

Today, Republican Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), submitted a comment letter to Secretary Scalia supporting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule that will increase access to health care services for uniformed service members, veterans, and their families. Specifically, the proposed rule clarifies that DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) does not have authority over TRI...

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Foxx Opening Statement at Hearing on Trump Administration's Immigration Policies

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 full committee hearing on the Trump administration's immigration policies and children's development: “Mr. Chairman, I am disappointed by the lack of notice that staff received in order to prepare for this hearing. While the staff of the majority met the requirements under the rules of this Committee, the notice certainly did not m...

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Foxx Applauds USDA Rule on ABAWDs

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule that promotes work for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), issued the following statement today in support of this rule, which promotes self-sufficiency and encourages Americans to seek and secure gainful employment: “With over seven million unfilled jobs throughout the nation and the lowest unemployment numbers in 50 years, it is imp...

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Education and Labor Committee Republicans Slam Democrats for Neglecting Legislative Solutions for Partisan Impeachment

Today, Republican Members on the Education and Labor Committee sent a letter to Chairman Scott condemning Committee Democrats’ prioritization of the partisan impeachment of President Trump over important Committee legislative solutions. Specifically, the letter slams Committee Democrats for ignoring important work to address our nation’s skills gap, which has led to 7 million unfilled positions throughout the country; surprise medical bills, which is the leading health care concern for Americans...

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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 Republican Leader Tim Walberg (R-MI), Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions - Hearing on “The Protecting the Right to Organize Act: Modernizing America’s Labor Laws”

Thanks to a skyrocketing economy propelled by recent tax cuts, innovation, and American enterprise, great workers throughout the country are experiencing record-breaking success. While workers’ lives are improving, union membership rates have steadily plummeted, suggesting what Democrats refuse to acknowledge: that strong workers- strong union workers as well- and not strong union bosses, lead to economic prosperity. Workers’ disenchantment with union representation has created a real crisis fo...

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Opening Statement of Republican Leader Tim Walberg (R-MI) Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Hearing on "Standing with Public Servants: Protecting the Right to Organize"

The two pieces of legislation we’re here to discuss today are another Democrat attempt to put the thumb on the scale in favor of forced unionization and they also show no regard for the system of federalism on which this nation was founded. H.R. 1154, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, and the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act disregard the will of the voters in every state by imposing a one-size-fits-all labor relations mandate enforced by federal bureaucrats in Washing...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Virginia Foxx- Hearing on “Do No Harm: Examining the Misapplication of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act”

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution declares that Congress may make no law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Our founding fathers reiterated this principle at every stage: that people are fundamentally free, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these, the ability to worship freely. Many of the first settlers of our country crossed the ocean in search of this very freedom that we are discussin...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Bradley Byrne- Subcommittee Hearing on Black Lung Disease

As the name of this subcommittee suggests, we all share the common goal of keeping hardworking Americans out of harm’s way at their jobs. We want to help ensure that all workers return home to their families safe and healthy. Workers in the mining industry have been an extremely important part of the American economy for decades. As someone who comes from a coal mining state, I have been a strong supporter of the men and women who provide for their families by working in this industry. I want u...

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Opening Statement of Republican Leader Foxx- Hearing on “Innovation to Improve Equity: Exploring High-Quality Pathways to a College Degree”

For too long, we’ve believed in the stereotype of college students as being young, bright-eyed youth, fresh out of high school, lounging in their dorms before heading to class in the quad. While true for some, this traditional image of postsecondary education is no longer the case for the majority of American students. Today, 37 percent of college students are 25 or older; 49 percent are financially independent from their parents; and 64 percent are working while taking classes. And yet the fed...

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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: WATCH Foxx Talk Lower Costs, #MoreCures

Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Judiciary Committee Republican Leader Doug Collins (R-GA) have introduced the Lower Costs, #MoreCures Act (H.R. 19), to lower drug costs for Americans without limiting access to cures. Watch Republican Leader Foxx discuss the Lower Costs, #MoreCures Act at yesterday’s press conference: “The Low...

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Creating More Pathways to Jobs

The bad news: our national skills gap has resulted in more than seven million unfilled jobs. The good news: apprenticeships offer a pathway to filling these positions. In an Education and Labor Committee hearing this week, members heard from Mr. John Pallasch, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training in the Department of Labor, that registered and innovative-employer led apprenticeships are helping prepare Americans to enter the workforce, close the skills gap, and fill the seven million ...

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ICYMI: Committee Republicans Highlight Apprenticeships

In case you missed it... Education and Labor Committee Republicans took to the house floor last week to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and the important role apprenticeships play in connecting students with the skills they need to build a successful life. Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC): “Our nation has seven million unfilled jobs. A 2018 survey of U.S. employers showed that nearly half of all job creators struggle to hire employees with the right skills for the job. Apprenticeshi...

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Democrats Miss Opportunity to Expand Apprenticeship Programs. Why?

According to a 2018 survey of U.S. employers, nearly half of all job creators struggle to hire employees with the right skills for the job, which has led to seven million unfilled positions throughout the country and a substantial skills gap that plagues our workforce. Fortunately, we know that skills-based education, like apprenticeships, are proven to help address the growing skills gap we currently face. That is why two weeks ago during a Committee markup of the Democrats’ College #unAffordab...

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Day 1 of Democrats’ Markup of Partisan College #unAffordability Act

Yesterday, the House Committee on Education and Labor began considering a partisan proposal that will cost taxpayers billions, limit educational freedom, and contribute to exploding college costs. Committee Republicans offered commonsense measures to improve the bill, but they were blocked by Democrats. Miss the first day of the markup? Here’s what you need to know: Democrats defend public service loan forgiveness for lobbyists. Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC): “This [amendment] isn’t goi...

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