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Congressman Kline Introduces Legislation to Expand "Green Jobs" Training Opportunities

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Congressman Kline Introduces Legislation to Expand "Green Jobs" Training Opportunities

Congressman John Kline introduced the "Green Jobs Improvement Act" this week to expand opportunities for workers to be trained in energy efficiency and renewable energy professions. With gas prices hovering around $4 per gallon in Minnesota, Congressman Kline is continuing to embrace comprehensive energy solutions that will help move America toward energy independence.

Rather than limit funding to only those that partner with labor organizations, Congressman Kline's legislation will allow the "Green Jobs Act" to achieve its stated goals of supporting quality workforce training for high paying jobs while also promoting environmentally efficient buildings, equipment and infrastructure. The "Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007" established an energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training program through a provision known as the "Green Jobs Act." Unfortunately, this provision limits federal funding to entities that partner with labor organizations exclusively, effectively prohibiting 86 percent of the private sector construction workforce. Congressman Kline's legislation removes this mandate and allows both labor organizations and merit shop training programs to qualify for the program.

"This legislation should ensure fairness and supports the vast majority of the private sector construction workforce currently excluded from these work training programs," said Congressman Kline, ranking Republican on the Education and Labor Committee's Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee. "Renewable energy projects continue to spring up, especially in Minnesota. It is vital for all skilled workers to have access to green job training programs to prepare our workforce of tomorrow."

Congressman Kline's Green Jobs Improvement Act:

- Corrects current statute to allow participation by all skilled trade training programs

- Eliminates the mandate that eligible entities "partner with labor organizations"

- Helps the Green Jobs Act achieve its goal of supporting quality workforce training for high
paying jobs while also promoting environmentally efficient buildings, equipment, and
infrastructure

In his third term in Congress, Congressman Kline is a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, Ethics Committee, and Armed Services Committee.


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