Today, U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold (TX-27) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act. This legislation cuts through the government bureaucracy so workers can get the training they need when they need it. Experts say that a skills gap is partly the reason there are 3.6 million jobs unfilled, despite the 12 million Americans searching for work.
"The SKILLS Act will make sure that workers are trained in jobs that are in high-demand in their area. It will bridge the skills gap so that for every job that needs to be filled, there is a trained worker around the corner to fill it. Like many other government programs, the current workforce training system is out-of-date and filled with overlap and inefficiency. This bill cuts government red tape for workers and job-seekers, gets rid of programs that don't work, and gives states more control to choose the training and employment programs that work best for them. It also protects taxpayer dollars, allowing for continued evaluation to make sure these training programs are actually doing what they say they're doing."