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.


Education Issues

American Competitiveness

Congressional Republicans understand that foreign competition – particularly in the fields of math and science – often places the United States at a competitive disadvantage with other countries. Recognizing the rapidly-changing global climate, Republicans have established new grant aid for college students studying math, science, and foreign languages in college and expanded student loan relief for high-demand math and science teachers.

To further enhance American competitiveness, Congress also passed the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act. This bipartisan legislation helps states and local communities prepare youth and adults for the future by building their academic and technical skills.  The Perkins program is one of the largest federal investments in U.S. high schools and helps states better invest federal funds for secondary and postsecondary vocational education programs; increases accountability and emphasizes student achievement; and strengthens opportunities for coordination between secondary and postsecondary career and technical education. 

In the 111th Congress, Republicans will continue to focus even more efforts on improving math, science, career, and technical training to ensure our nation remains globally competitive into the 21st Century and beyond.

Press Releases

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

House Education and Labor Committee Republican Website Receives Gold Mouse Award (April 21, 2010)

McKeon Lauds Education Reform Leaders, Repeats Calls for Teacher Quality & Parental Empowerment in Education (July 17, 2008)

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Member Views

McKeon Commentary for Education Solutions (January 23, 2008)

Fact Sheets

Reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act: Top Ten House Republican Priorities (June 25, 2007)

Dear Colleagues

Support Veterans in National Service: VOTE YES on the McKeon Amendment to H.R. 2857 (March 6, 2008)

Committee Statements

McKeon Statement: Hearing on, “Mayor and Superintendent Partnerships in Education: Closing the Achievement Gap” (July 17, 2008)