Wisconsin's First District Congressman and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan lauded the passage of H.R. 803, theSupporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, which was approved by the House of Representatives earlier today. Following the vote, Ryan said:
"As the nation continues to face record levels of unemployment, the importance of a streamlined and accountable workforce-development system cannot be overstated. The SKILLS Act consolidates duplicative job-training programs and provides states and local workforce investment boards with the necessary flexibility to put Americans in search of employment back to work.
"The House Republican budget resolution, which was approved by the House Budget Committee earlier this week, builds on the SKILLS Act by calling for consolidation of duplicative federal job-training programs into more targeted career scholarships. The streamlined approach advanced by both pieces of legislation will improve access, choice, and flexibility for job-seekers."