House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-5) announced on Friday that Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne has been selected to serve as Chairman for the House Education and the Workforce Committee Subcommittee on Workforce Protections for the 115th Congress.
“I appreciate Chairwoman Foxx giving me the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections,” said Byrne. “Over the last eight years, there has been an effort to fundamentally change the way we deal with labor and employment issues. These changes have largely reduced opportunities for advancement and weakened the standing of American workers. My goal will be to right the ship in favor of policies that benefit workers across our country and empower them to succeed.”
Foxx said Byrne is part of a strong team of leaders chosen to advance “commonsense solutions.”
“We have assembled a strong team to advance the commonsense solutions our nation’s workers, students, families, and small businesses urgently need,” Foxx said in a statement. “This committee will play a central role in Congress’s broader efforts to grow the economy, advance patient-centered health care, and promote greater prosperity for all Americans. Working closely with our members, subcommittee leaders, and all our colleagues, the committee will do its part to move the country in a better direction.”
The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections has jurisdiction over wages and hours of workers, workers’ compensation, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988, trade and immigration issues as they impact employers and workers; workers’ safety and health, and all matters related to equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment.