Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer voted for the SKILLS Act that passed the House by a vote of 215 to 202. The SKILLS Act consolidates more than 30 federally funded workforce development programs into one, makes it easier for workers to access job training by eliminating unnecessary steps, and reduces paperwork for community and technical colleges accessing job training providers. The Act also gives greater flexibility to state and local officials, while ensuring employers a greater voice on Workforce Investment Boards.
"The SKILLS Act is practical legislation to get the unemployed back to work and employers the help they need," Cramer said. "When you have the people actually producing the goods and services our world demands at the table, you're going to get people the skills that will land them a job. Plus, you have the added benefit of making our government more efficient and local." Cramer is also pleased that Congressman Young's amendment that replaces a provision limiting funds for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian employment and training grants was agreed to.
"Ensuring that states have flexibility to implement workforce programs to meet the employer needs with suitable job seeker skills for each state and economic region is critical," says Maren Daley, Executive Director for Job Service North Dakota. "North Dakota's model is streamlined which has minimized duplication and administrative cost thus translating scarce federal resources into a greater investment in well prepared job seekers to meet employer needs. This reiterates the necessity for state flexibility."
The SKILLS Act is supported by Associated General Contractors, National Retail Federation, National Taxpayers Union, and US Chamber of Commerce to name a few.
Congressman Cramer serves on the Natural Resources and Science, Space and Technology House Congressional Committees, including the Energy Subcommittee of Science, Space and Technology, and both the Energy and Environmental Regulations Subcommittees of Natural Resources.