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National Apprenticeship Act of 2020

Floor Speech

Date: Nov. 19, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. McBATH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020.

We are in the midst of our country's worst economic crisis in decades, and to better serve the American people, we must invest in our workforce and invest in the American Dream.

Registered apprenticeships prepare people for the jobs of the 21st century, and with the evolution of technologies like 5G, Congress and the Department of Labor should be laser focused on encouraging and incentivizing apprenticeships for advanced wireless deployment. By supporting these programs, we can ensure that Georgia remains the best State in the country to live and to do business.

For decades, the registered apprenticeship program has proven to be an entry into the middle class for many people. Congresswoman Davis' National Apprenticeship Act would support a successful workforce program at a time when our Nation needs it the most.

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

Ms. FOXX of North Carolina.

Mr. Speaker, workforce programs like apprenticeships will aid in closing the skills gap and put more Americans to work, but only if employees and job creators are given the flexibility to innovate and develop high-quality earn-and-learn programs without overreach from Washington.

That is why Republicans want to expand employers' opportunities to address the needs of their current and prospective workers through an all-of-the-above approach to apprenticeships rather than closing potential pathways to work.

Unfortunately, H.R. 8294 doubles down on a narrow and prescriptive approach and gives Washington bureaucrats, not job creators, more control. This flawed legislation will prevent more job seekers from accessing apprenticeship opportunities.

Mr. Speaker, I encourage my colleagues to join me in voting ``no'' on H.R. 8294, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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