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  • House GOP pushes labor reform
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Government Oversight

    The House Education and the Workforce Committee has scheduled a Wednesday hearing on three Republican bills that would represent some of the most far-reaching changes to federal labor law in decades. The legislation would mainly change the rules for workplace organizing elections, setting higher bars for unions to win. Republican members of the committee argue the bills would balance the elections by ensuring that unions prevail only when they have definite majority support from workers. Democra... Read more

  • Republicans seek to rein in NLRB
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Government Oversight

    Republican House members introduced two bills Tuesday intended to roll back recent rules changes by the National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency. The lawmakers argue the board under former President Barack Obama's administration tilted too far in favor of unions. "Workers deserve the opportunity to make a fully informed decision on whether or not to join a union, and that's exactly what this legislation is about," said Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich. "After years o... Read more

  • Obama Regulation Could Leave Millions of Retirees Without Investment Guidance
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on May 31, 2017 | Preview rr

    One of the Obama administration's final major labor regulations could deprive millions of retirement savers investment advice from financial professionals, according to a new report. The Department of Labor proposed the Fiduciary Rule in April 2015, which would allow regulators to oversee the relationship between retirement account advisors and their clients to ensure that the former were completing trades for the sole interest of their clients. The rule was approved in 2016 under the leadership... Read more

  • Education’s student aid office plagued by improper payments, should ‘strive for zero mistakes’
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on May 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    The Education Department paid out more than $6 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2016, and that number is likely to rise next year thanks to proposed budget cuts and the suspension of a data retrieval tool used to help populate student loan applications. Education overseers testified during a May 25 joint House subcommittee hearing that the proposed $2 billion or so in cuts to federal financial aid discretionary appropriations will pose hurdles to monitoring the loans. “One of our managemen... Read more

  • Trump KOs State-Run Retirement Accounts for Private Sector Workers
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Government Oversight

    President Donald Trump reversed another eleventh-hour Obama administration regulation, rolling back Democrats' effort to push private sector workers into state government retirement plans. Trump signed House Resolution 66 on Wednesday, undoing a regulation adopted by the Department of Labor on October 31, 2016. The department's rule would have allowed state and local governments to create IRA accounts for private sector workers and automatically deduct contributions from their paychecks without ... Read more

  • 'Modernize' Career- and Tech-Ed Law, House Education Committee Leader Says
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on May 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    The leader of the House education committee deplores what she called the negative connotations attached to career- and technical-education programs, and expressed optimism that a new bill to revamp federal law governing these programs would make progress in Congress. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said that too often, bachelor's degrees are held up as the ideal, while other pathways to successful careers are often ignored or given inadequate support. And employers also have a responsibility to shar... Read more

  • Moms in office: the challenges of leading a family and a government: A Mother's Day roundtable at The Flour Box
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on May 10, 2017 | Preview rr

    In the quaint Flour Box Tea Room in historic Old Salem, five women gathered to exchange stories of motherhood: the joys, the challenges, the early morning routines — simple things all mothers can relate to. But these women also have a very unique experience in common: they are all elected officials. According to a 2015 report from Meredith College, women still make up less than 25 percent of all appointed and elected offices in North Carolina. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, state Speaker Pro Tem S... Read more

  • Does Higher Education Accreditation Need Fixing?
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on April 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Should government-empowered accreditation organizations that oversee higher education institutions be stricter with low-performing schools, or do they already do too much and raise the cost of education with burdensome requirements? Democrats and Republicans were split at times on the right way forward for higher education accreditation reform during a Thursday hearing in the Capitol’s Rayburn office building. The vast majority of American colleges and universities are regulated by what experts ... Read more

  • Foxx pushing feds to limit rules swamping local schools
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on April 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, wants federal bureaucrats to quit swamping states with education mandates that are left over from the Obama administration. In a recent interview, Foxx, the new chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, told McClatchy media that federal education policies should come only from lawmakers — not bureaucrats who make rules outside of Congress. The Obama administration enacted many of those mandates, under the guise of “dear colleague” letters... Read more

  • If this congresswoman gets her way, the days of federal education regulations are over
    Posted in Virginia Foxx in the News on April 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx wants the federal Department of Education to disappear. She wants Washington to stop passing down rules and regulations schools have to follow. As the new chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, the seven-term North Carolina congresswoman has a powerful forum to talk about all that. Trouble is, she probably doesn’t have the votes to do much of what she wants. It takes 60 to get most legislation through the Senate, where Republicans control only 52 seats, and... Read more


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