House Passes Two Bills to Strengthen Workforce Training
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) this week voted for two bipartisan bills to strengthen workforce training and help more people on government assistance find work. H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century, and H.R. 2842, the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act, both overwhelmingly passed in the House this week.
“Success doesn’t always require a four-year college degree. There are many paths to achieving the American Dream,” said Davis. “These bills will help connect more Americans with in-demand jobs and strengthen career and technical education. Currently, we have 6 million job vacancies in the U.S. We want to help those who need it the most find a job that will allow them achieve their version of the American Dream. I hope to build on the reforms made in these bills with the LEAP Act, my bill to encourage more companies to offer apprenticeships.”
H.R. 2842 encourages employers to hire those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits by allowing states to subsidize up to 50 percent of their wages.
H.R. 2353 reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to 2006 (Perkins Act) and makes the following changes to strengthen career and technical education:
• Simplifies the process for states and local communities to receive federal funding and provides more flexibility to adapt training programs to changing economic needs.
• Places a greater focus on aligning training with in-demand jobs.
• Demands accountability by setting performance goals and ensuring programs deliver results.
These workforce training bills follow reforms announced by President Trump last week to make it easier for businesses to design, certify, and scale apprenticeship programs. He also announced several other areas to address workforce development. Click here to find more information.
Recently, Davis visited Aon apprentices, with U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) in Chicago, to announce the reintroduction of the LEAP Act, their bill to use tax incentives to encourage more companies to offer apprenticeship program. Davis has also focused on preventing people who seek training from a program not approved under the Workforce Investment Act from being kicked off of unemployment with his bill, the Opportunity KNOCKS Act.