House Sends Important Skills Gap Legislation to President’s Desk

Legislation Will Ensure Streamlined and Focused Jobs Training

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger issued this statement after House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) with overwhelming bipartisan support:

“House lawmakers took a critical step toward closing the skills gap today, and manufacturers commend these policymakers for addressing this important issue. 80 percent of manufacturers are having moderate to serious difficulty in finding the necessary skilled workers to maintain a 21st-century operation. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides much needed streamlining of skills certification programs and directs the necessary funding to ensure manufacturers have the workforce they need to compete in a globally competitive environment.

Passage of this important legislation is essential to ensuring that the United States maintains its ownership of the most outstanding, productive and innovative workforce in the world. Manufacturers urge the President to sign this bill into law to put the benefits of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into action.”

To view the NAM’s Key Vote letter, click here.

To read an NAM blog on the legislation, click here.

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