Congressman Dave Loebsack today released the following statement after President Obama's visit to Alcoa Davenport Works:
"I appreciate the President's visit to Bettendorf to see firsthand the great work being done here. The economic downturn has hurt far too many Iowa families for far too long, and we must come together to rebuild our economy and put Iowans back to work. I applaud the President for his focus on workforce development and creating manufacturing jobs that will bring high quality, good paying jobs to Iowa.
"The work being done at Alcoa is a great example of what the President's effort will do -- bring together industry, universities and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies that create jobs and enhance competitiveness.
"I have worked to emphasize the need to manufacture more products in the United States and have introduced the SECTORS Act that would help retool and streamline our workforce development programs that are needed to train our workers for specialized fields by bringing together key players, just as the President's initiative will."
Earlier this year, Congressman Loebsack reintroduced the SECTORS Act. This legislation provides grants that allow local partners to address the training needs of multiple employers and help educational institutions and other training providers align curricula and programs to meet industry demands in fields such as advanced manufacturing, energy or healthcare. It also improves workers' job quality while encouraging the creation, and obtaining of, nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials.
Loebsack has also cosponsored the Security in Energy And Manufacturing (SEAM) Act, H.R. 724, which provides Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits to companies.