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House Education and the Workforce Committee Holds First Meeting of New Congress

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January 23, 2013

By: Brendan

The U.S. House of Representative’s Education and the Workforce Committee met for the first time in the 113th Congress yesterday to approve the committee rules and subcommittee member assignments. Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) also used this first meeting to lay out his priorities for the committee during the 113th Congress.

A major focus for the committee will continue to be the nation’s workforce and job training system. Citing the 12 million Americans currently unemployed, the committee hopes to help job seekers access training opportunities and employers find skilled workers to help grow their businesses.

On the education side, Chairman Kline affirmed that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will remain a top priority for the committee in the 113th Congress, as it was in the 112th. Also in the committee’s sights is the state of the nation’s higher education system, including college costs and transparency.

Several large pieces of legislation have been due for reauthorization by the committee for multiple years, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act. Coming up for reauthorization in the 113th Congress, the committee will be responsible for reauthorizing several more large pieces of legislation, including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Education Sciences Reform Act.

A transcript of Chairman Kline’s remarks is available on the Committee’s Web site, along with a video archive of the meeting, the approved committee rules, and the Republican and Democratic subcommittee assignments.

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