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Kline Statement on March Jobs Report

U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released employment data for March:

“Another month of positive job gains is welcome news for the nation’s workers. This encouraging progress shows that despite the administration’s damaging tax-and-spend agenda, employers are determined to grow their businesses and invest in our economy. However, leaders in Washington must do more to ensure we have a skilled workforce that can meet the demands of America’s employers.

“More than a decade ago, Congress established a national workforce investment system to provide individuals with the skills and training they need to succeed in the workplace. Regrettably, the system has corroded over the years, shifting from a helpful network of employment support to what President Obama has dubbed ‘a confusing maze of bureaucracy’ that serves neither worker nor employer well.

“House Education and the Workforce Committee Republicans recently introduced the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (H.R. 4297), legislation that will revamp and enhance the nation’s job training system. By streamlining dozens of ineffective programs, strengthening the role of employers in workforce development decisions, and delivering more accountability over the use of taxpayer dollars, this commonsense proposal will help put more Americans back to work. The committee will take action to reform job training in the coming weeks, and I hope the president and our Democrat colleagues will lend their support on behalf of workers and employers.”

To learn more about the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012, click here.

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