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Hearing Testimony Shows More Funding is Required to Address Opioid Crisis

11.08.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee (ECESE) and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development (HEWD) held a joint subcommittee hearing on how opioids are impacting communities across the nation. In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose, and more than 2 million individuals had a prescription opioid use disorder. Congress must address a crisis of this magnitude - and treatment alone is not enough to stem th… Continue Reading


Joint Subcommittee Highlights Need To Invest In Cybersecurity Workforce Development

10.24.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection on the need to invest in the development of a strong and diverse talent pipeline for cybersecurity professionals in federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector to ensure America's security in the 21st century. "This an urgent problem that has serious ramifications for our national security," said Con… Continue Reading


Subcommittee Democrats Push for Stronger Investments in Apprenticeship Programs

07.26.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a hearing titled, "Expanding Options for Employers and Workers Through Earn-and-Learn Opportunities." There is broad bipartisan support for building a highly skilled workforce through proven models such as registered apprenticeship programs. "Registered apprenticeships have been training students for quality, high-paying jobs for decades," said Subcommittee Ranking Member Susan Davis (CA-53). "These programs… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Stand Up to Attacks on Community Service, Volunteers

03.28.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing in the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development on the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs. Since 1994, more than one million individuals have served the nation through AmeriCorps, and earned more than $3 billion in scholarships to help pay for college or pay back student loans. "Since its founding, CNCS has engaged millio… Continue Reading


Davis: Financial Aid Programs Require Investment, Targeting

03.21.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53), Ranking Member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, delivered the following statement during a hearing on federal student financial aid. Rep. Davis emphasized the need to expand access to higher education through robust investments in federal student aid. Key Excerpts from Rep. Davis' Remarks: "Since the Higher Education Act's enactment, the United States has made substantial progress in college access. Student of color a… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Outline Higher Education Priorities at Hearing

02.07.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing to discuss our nation's higher education systems, and the need to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). Democrats remain committed to a bipartisan reauthorization of the HEA, and they believe quality higher education must be accessible and affordable to empower America's working families to succeed in our economy. "Democrats remain committed to a higher education system that has multiple pathways to attaining… Continue Reading


Clark, Langevin, Nolan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

06.28.16   WASHINGTON - Led by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-05) on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, policymakers from across the aisle today introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Clark, Jim Langevin (RI-02), Co-Chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, and Rick Nolan (MN-08), and Republican Reps. Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-05), Carolos Curbelo (FL-26) and Bradley Byrne (AL-01), the legislation reauthorizes an… Continue Reading


Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

06.28.16   WASHINGTON - Led by Republican and Democratic members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, policymakers today introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and will help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand j… Continue Reading


Congressional Democrats urge Secretary King to provide full relief to defrauded student borrowers

04.29.16   WASHINGTON - Today, 13 House Democrats and 30 Senate Democrats wrote to Secretary of Education Dr. John King urging him to create strong protections and a streamlined path to debt relief for student loan borrowers in the Department's forthcoming "borrower defense" rule. The House and the Senate letters reinforce the need to ban mandatory arbitration-which limits students' legal rights-in school enrollment agreements, and to eliminate the federal student loan debt of any student who is the victim… Continue Reading

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