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Senate Approves “Workforce Development Month” Resolution

  ·   By Kermit Kaleba,
Senate Approves “Workforce Development Month” Resolution

The Senate yesterday unanimously approved a resolution (S.Res.267) designating September as “Workforce Development Month.” The resolution was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 20 Senators from across the country, including Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Al Franken (D-MN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

The resolution specifically highlights the importance of programs authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), noting that these investments “have helped the United States rebuild the economy and provide increased economic opportunities; and…provide a pathway into jobs that support families while ensuring that United States businesses find the skilled workforce needed to compete in the global economy.” The resolution also emphasizes the critical role of career and technical education programs supported under the Carl D. Perkins Act, as well as registered apprenticeship and other earn-and-learn models. The resolution emphasizes the Senate’s support for federal initiatives to promote workforce development.

National Skills Coalition applauds the Senators who sponsored this resolution for their leadership on this issue, and we look forward to working with Congress to ensure that we maintain robust federal investments in workforce and education to help workers and businesses get the skills they need to compete.