Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act.
Wilson stated, "Since 2012, President Obama has encouraged House Republicans to work with him to help make our federal workforce programs more beneficial for American workers. With the passage of the SKILLS Act, House Republicans have done exactly what has been asked of us. Due to an abundance of regulations and restrictions, our government training programs are duplicative and fail to adequately train our nation's workforce. With over 12 million unemployed Americans searching for a job, we must remove government barriers to help these individuals receive the training necessary to compete. By making this system more effective, millions of hardworking Americans will be able to use the skill sets they have learned to seek employment. It is my hope that the Senate and President will begin to practice what they preach, and consider our legislation which will help put Americans back to work."