U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, today issued the following remarks after he voted in support of H.R. 803, The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act:
"Both workers and employers deem our job training system to be a confusing maze of programs, and they are right. In its present state, the system consists of more than 50 employment and training programs administered by nine federal agencies. Adding more evidence to the vast shortfalls is the reality that out labor market has 12 million unemployed Americans, yet there are 3.6 million job openings. To remedy this, we must help workers assess relevant job skills and training and assist job creators in finding the talent they need.
"The House took action today by passing the SKILLS Act. This legislation strengthens America's workforce development system, streamlines job training programs, and provides workers and employers with an efficient source of support. I urge the Senate to act fast, so this broken system can be fixed."