We're focused on jobs
Knowing of our shared interest in education, I wanted to update you on what I have been working on in Washington.
This week, the House focused on workforce development by passing two bills that emphasize the importance of skills and education to getting a better job. These bills are part of our ongoing efforts to building a stronger national workforce and expanding job growth. As a member of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, I was proud to vote in favor of these pieces of legislation. Below is some information regarding each bill.
H.R.2253, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for 21st Century Act: would amend, and reauthorize through 2022, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act that provides funds to support local and state and career technical education (CTE) programs. This bill returns power back to states by freeing up budget constraints, allowing them to prioritize more funding for rural areas, areas with a high percentage of CTE participants, or students with a CTE concentration. This flexibility would promote the development and implementation of programs aligned with state-specific occupations or industries.
H.R. 2842, the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act: would allot up to $100 million to test whether states subsidizing the wage of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program recipients can be an effective means of helping them enter the workforce. States could subsidize up to 50 percent of the recipient’s wage, with the rest covered by the employer. This would help connect Americans looking for work with employers looking to fill job openings, including through apprenticeships and other forms of on-the-job training.
If you have thoughts, ideas, or concerns about education or workforce development policy that you'd like to share with me, I'd love to hear your input. You can send me an email by visiting my website.
I look forward to hearing from you. It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.