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Letter to the Hon. Lamar Alexander, and the Hon. Patty Murray, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions - Take Up The Thompson-Krishnamoorthi Act

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By: Ralph Abraham, Suzan DelBene, Tom Cole, Jackie Speier, Dina Titus, Brian Higgins, Paul Tonko, Eliot Engel, Kristi Noem, Randy Hultgren, Ron Estes, Michael Coffman, Madeleine Bordallo, Todd Rokita, John Garamendi, Mike Quigley, Tim Walberg, Steve Pearce, Kurt Schrader, Brad Wenstrup, Dutch Ruppersberger, Frederica Wilson, Ted Deutch, Steve Womack, Sanford Bishop, Jr., Adam Schiff, Judy Chu, Nita Lowey, Rick Nolan, José Serrano, Bill Keating, Luis Gutiérrez, Steve Cohen, Alcee Hastings, Sr., Louise Slaughter, Eddie Johnson, Gene Green, Al Green, Jan Schakowsky, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Dan Lipinski, Joe Courtney, Linda Sánchez, Karen Bass, Tim Walz, Bob Goodlatte, Pat Meehan, Jerry McNerney, Keith Ellison, Doris Matsui, Carolyn Maloney, Albio Sires, Peter Welch, Emanuel Cleaver II, David Cicilline, Tom Marino, Vicky Hartzler, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Adam Smith, Betty McCollum, Gregory Meeks, Steve King, Mac Thornberry, Terri Sewell, Barbara Lee, Gwen Moore, Ben Lujan, Jr., Marcia Kaptur, Chellie Pingree, Francis Rooney, Peter DeFazio, Rick Larsen, Diana DeGette, David Price, Jerry Nadler, Eleanor Norton, André Carson, Elijah Cummings, Bobby Rush, Sheila Jackson Lee, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Jim Costa, G.K. Butterfield, Jr., Jim Langevin, Yvette Clarke, Jim Jordan, Rob Wittman, Kathy Castor, Lou Barletta, Bob Brady, Rodney Davis, David Valadao, Jared Polis, Kyrsten Sinema, Dave Trott, Trent Kelly, Kevin Cramer, Bill Johnson, Randy Weber, Sr., Mike Kelly, Jr., John Delaney, Adriano Espaillat, Norma Torres, Grace Napolitano, Jim Cooper, Hakeem Jeffries, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Donald Norcross, Carol Shea-Porter, Dave Loebsack, Lynn Jenkins, Derek Kilmer, Marc Veasey, Lee Zeldin, Donald Bacon, James Comer, Jr., Glenn Grothman, Raul Grijalva, Anthony Brown, Ron Kind, John Larson, Mike Bost, Joe Wilson, Sr., Andy Barr, Mark Takano, Darin LaHood, Katherine Clark, Tony Cárdenas, Ami Bera, Ed Perlmutter, Jared Huffman, Seth Moulton, Mark Pocan, Carlos Curbelo, Darren Soto, Zoe Lofgren, Al Lawson, Jr., Raul Ruiz, Dan Newhouse, Robin Kelly, Stephanie Murphy, Sandy Levin, Bill Foster, Brenda Lawrence, Karen Handel, Nanette Barragán, Grace Meng, Beto O'Rourke, Daniel Webster, Keith Rothfus, Dave Reichert, Tim Ryan, Joaquin Castro, Dave Joyce, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Matt Cartwright, Brendan Boyle, Susan Davis, Scott Peters, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Don Beyer, Jr., Earl Blumenauer, Rod Blum, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dwight Evans, Lois Frankel, Drew Ferguson, Susan Brooks, Mark Meadows, Lou Correa, Julia Brownley, Cheri Bustos, Sean Maloney, Mike Gallagher, Warren Davidson, Lloyd Smucker, Brian Fitzpatrick, Claudia Tenney, Matt Gaetz, Tom MacArthur, Filemon Vela, Jr., Ro Khanna, Suzanne Bonamici, Jim McGovern, Rick Allen, Charlie Crist, Jr., Denny Heck, Jason Lewis, Tom Garrett, Jr., Jack Bergman, Jacky Rosen, Scott Taylor, Jim Renacci, Ryan Costello, Tulsi Gabbard, Colleen Hanabusa, Elise Stefanik, Pramila Jayapal, Donald McEachin, John Lewis, Ruben Kihuen, Mark Amodei, Roger Marshall, David Young, Mike Doyle, Jr., Frank Pallone, Jr., Robert Aderholt, Mike Thompson, Val Demings, John Rutherford, Ted Lieu, Jimmy Panetta, Anna Eshoo, Dan Kildee, David Scott, Thomas Suozzi, Alma Adams, Elizabeth Esty, Mia Love, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Joshua Gottheimer, Paul Mitchell, Ann Kuster, John Yarmuth, Don Payne, Jr., Bruce Westerman, Salud Carbajal, Eric Swalwell, Bradley Byrne, Tom O'Halleran, Debbie Dingell, John Moolenaar, Vicente Gonzalez, Mark DeSaulnier, GT Thompson, Jr.
Date: Nov. 11, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. As Members of Congress committed to increasing access to high-quality career and technical education (CTE), we respectfully request that the Senate HELP Committee begin consideration of this legislation.

If signed into law, H.R. 2353 will reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act for the first time since 2006, ensuring that the federal policy governing CTE is modern, robust and well-engineered. As you know, CTE plays an important role in the success of both traditional and non-traditional students and improves the profitability of all sectors of the American economy.

Business owners depend on Perkins Act programs to bridge the skills gap and increase the number of job-ready candidates. Thanks to skills-based learning, employers can be confident that students will have the tools they need to succeed in a number of career pathways, including manufacturing, information technology (IT) and agriculture as they enter the job market.

With this in mind, we believe it is incumbent upon this body to pass legislation that will help millions of Americans access the skills and technical knowledge they need to build promising futures. We greatly appreciate your dedication to this issue and look forward to working in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to reauthorize the Perkins Act.

Thank you for your leadership and we look forward to your timely reply.

Sincerely,


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