Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Madam Chair, I rise today in support of H.R. 803, the SKILLS Act, and urge my colleagues to support its passage.
Our current workforce development system is broken. Each year, the federal government spends billions on job training programs, but only a fraction of workers receive and complete the training necessary to get a job. Roughly 12 million Americans are unemployed and looking for work, yet the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports millions of job openings are unfilled, with a large number of people giving up the search for employment completely.
Madam Chair, the SKILLS Act works to correct these problems. This bill eliminates and streamlines 35 ineffective and duplicative programs and gives state and local governments more flexibility to consolidate employment and training programs at the state level. Additionally, H.R. 803 increases employer involvement in local training boards, which ensures that training can be adapted to local demands.
Madam Chair, the SKILLS Act protects taxpayer dollars and provides workers with more effective job training services, while further empowering state and local governments. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting H.R. 803.