Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, legislation that will streamline America's workforce development system, focusing on 35 programs that are either ineffective or duplicative.
"Companies are finding it difficult to fill positions with skilled labor, so there is no question that America needs to invest in the training and development of our workforce. But we need to be smarter about how we do it," said U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. "Our current workforce development system is confusing and unwieldy, making it hard for workers to get the assistance they need. The SKILLS Act will cut through the bureaucracy and roadblocks, eliminate waste, and improve support for workers looking for a job and business owners looking to hire. It's just plain common sense."