House Approves Job Training Reform Legislation
SKILLS Act will strengthen workforce development system and help put Americans back to work
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (H.R. 803). Sponsored by Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the legislation will help workers access the education and training they need to compete in today’s economy.
“After a decade of debate and delay, Congress is another step closer to approving comprehensive job training reform legislation,” said Chairman Kline. “At a time when 12 million Americans are unemployed and the national debt is spiraling out of control, workers and taxpayers can no longer afford the failed status quo. The SKILLS Act will remove the bloated bureaucracy standing between job seekers and the training they need to get back to work. It is time for the Senate to act so reform can become reality.”
“I am delighted the House has advanced the SKILLS Act,” said Rep. Foxx. “Americans deserve a workforce development system that is more efficient, more accountable, and more responsive to the needs of our workplaces. This important legislation heeds the president’s call to cut through the maze of confusing and ineffective workforce development programs. We must ensure taxpayer dollars are supporting workers instead of unnecessary bureaucracy. I urge our Senate colleagues to put forward their own ideas and help move this process forward.”
Support for this important legislation continues to grow; governors, community colleges, and job creators have endorsed reforms in the SKILLS Act. As approved by the House, H.R. 803 will:
To learn more about the SKILLS Act, click here.
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