Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted for H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act.
The SKILLS Act streamlines and consolidates 35 duplicative workforce programs, replacing them with a single, efficient Workforce Investment Fund. Additionally, this legislation includes numerous measures to ensure workforce training programs are more effective and efficient by implementing metrics for accountability, linking programs to employment through employer involvement, and providing state and local governments the power to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles to improve programs at the local level.
"With 12 million Americans out of work, despite 3.7 million available jobs, it is clear our nation needs to provide both job-seekers and employers with the resources they need," said Pearce. "The current convoluted federal workforce programs are filled with roadblocks and redundancy, which only makes it harder for employers and potential employees alike. Today's bill not only reduces government bureaucracy and waste, but it provides a straightforward, streamlined path to the solutions we need."