Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) joined Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to announce she was selected as one of the committee’s newest members for the 117th Congress. She joins 24 other Republican members of the committee. The full member list can be seen here.
“I am honored to be chosen to serve on the Education and Labor Committee. This assignment will give me the opportunity to work on advancing school choice, allowing families to choose the best schools for their children based on their individual needs. Orange County also has one of the most dynamic workforces in the country, and the work of the committee is essential to expanding job training and workforce development. This is a great opportunity to work on behalf of Orange County families and workers,” said Rep. Steel.
“As a staunch advocate for providing American families with educational freedom and cultivating a 21st century workforce prepared to fill the jobs of tomorrow, Rep. Steel will be a valued addition to the Education and Labor Committee,” said Ranking Member Foxx. “I look forward to working alongside her in the days and weeks to come on behalf of America’s workers, students, and job creators.”
The jurisdiction of the House Committee on Education and Labor includes:
- Elementary and secondary education initiatives including the No Child Left Behind Act, school choice for low-income families, special education (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and teacher quality and training;
- Higher education programs, including the Higher Education Act, which supports college access for low- and middle-income students and helps families pay for college;
- Job training, adult education, and workforce development initiatives, including those under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which help local communities train and retrain workers;
- Early childhood care and preschool education programs, including Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant;
- Career and technical education programs;
- School lunch and child nutrition programs;
- Programs for the care and treatment of at-risk youth, child abuse prevention, and adoption;
- Programs for older Americans;
- Educational research and improvement;
- Work requirements under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program created in the 1996 welfare reform law; and
- Anti-poverty programs, including the Community Services Block Grant Act and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
- Pensions, health care, and other employer-sponsored benefits covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA);
- Application of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to collective bargaining and union representation;
- Occupational safety and health and mine safety;
- Unpaid, job-protected leave as outlined in the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as “comp time” or family friendly work schedules;
- Equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
- Various temporary worker programs under the Immigration and Nationality Act;
- Wage and hour requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA);
- Prevailing wage requirements for federal contractors under the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act;
- Workers’ compensation for federal employees, energy employees, longshore and harbor employees, and individuals affected by black lung disease; and
- Matters dealing with employer and employee relations, as well as union transparency (the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act).
This article was released by the Office of Representative Michelle Steel.