|Congressman Van Taylor is proud to serve on two influential House Committees in the 116th Congress: the Committee on Homeland Security, specifically, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation (CIPI) and the Subcommittee on Oversight, Management and Accountability (OMA) and the House Committee on Education, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
The Committee on Education and Labor
The House Committee on Education and Labor oversees programs that affect all Americans, from early learning and higher education to job training and retirement security. The following programs and policies fall within the committee’s jurisdiction:
Education and Human Services Policy
- 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).
House Committee on Homeland Security
- 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).
The Committee on Homeland Security was established in 2002 to provide Congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and better protect the American people against a possible terrorist attack. Since its establishment, the Committee has passed several critical pieces of bipartisan, homeland security legislation to prevent terrorist attacks on the homeland, secure our borders, protect against cyber attacks, ensure the Department of Homeland Security runs efficiently, and shield the homeland from international and domestic threats.