House Committee on Education and Labor
U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon
Ranking Member

Fiscally responsible reforms for students, workers and retirees.


Labor Issues

Jobs & Job Training

Worker training and education programs are critical to putting Americans back to work and creating jobs.  Particularly in an uncertain economy, Republicans are committed to a dynamic, results-oriented job training system that will meet workers' needs and help local communities respond to changing labor market conditions.

In 1998, Committee Republicans crafted the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to give job seekers access to job training services, counseling, and labor market information to help them get back on their feet.  Although the legislation - and the One-Stop Centers it created to streamline job training - have been a success, Republicans recognize that more work is needed.

In the 111th Congress, Republicans will continue pressing for legislation to strengthen and improve America’s job training system even further so states and communities can give workers the training they need to find good jobs. 

Press Releases

Kline Statement on May Jobs Report (June 4, 2010)

Kline Highlights New Venue for Americans to Speak Out on Education and Workplace Issues (May 25, 2010)

National Mediation Board Ruling Overturns More Than 75 Years of Workplace Election Policy (May 10, 2010)

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Member Views

Kline op-ed at Democrats' Health Care "Reform": The Next Job Killer (July 10, 2009)

McKeon op-ed at Economic Recovery Depends on Energy Solutions (May 30, 2008)

McKeon op-ed on Regulation, Litigation, and Taxation (December 18, 2007)

Fact Sheets

Workforce Investment Improvement Act (H.R. 4271) (December 16, 2009)

House Democrats Paint New Targets on Small Businesses (December 16, 2009)

American Enterprise in a Struggling Economy (December 16, 2009)

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Dear Colleagues

Protect Students' Access to Financial Aid (February 19, 2010)

Department of Labor Briefing on Workforce Investment Opportunities under the Recovery Act (April 29, 2009)

Wall Street Journal Says, "the losers would be current and future employees" (January 9, 2009)

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Left Turns

ObamaCare: Penalizing Small Businesses for Creating Jobs and Raising Wages (May 24, 2010)

“New Direction” Leads to Massive Job Losses (March 25, 2010)

SOTU Preview: A Phony Freeze & Growing Government … But Where Are the Jobs? (January 27, 2010)

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Floor Statements

McKeon Statement: Consideration of S. 181, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (January 27, 2009)

McKeon Statement: Consideration of H.R. 11, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (January 9, 2009)

McKeon Statement: Consideration of H.R. 12, the Paycheck Fairness Act (January 9, 2009)

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Committee Statements

Kline Statement: Field Hearing in Beckley, West Virginia on the Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy: Testimony of Family Members (May 24, 2010)

Price Statement: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3721, the "Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act" (May 5, 2010)

Kline Statement: Hearing with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on “Strengthening the Economy and Improving the Lives of American Workers” (February 3, 2010)

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