Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the passage of the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act:
"We got some good news at the beginning of this month when the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent. While this is progress, there is still an astonishing 12 million Americans out of a job. There are also millions more people who have given up looking for work after falling behind in an aggressive job market. With a workforce participation rate at the lowest it's been in 31 years, we must ensure more Americans can get back to work. That's why the House acted today to pass the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act.
"In an unpredictable and changing world, the SKILLS Act works to help Americans get the skills they need to stay competitive in today's workforce. It modernizes our federal workforce development programs by increasing accessibility to training programs, cutting bureaucratic red tape and streamlining the job search process. In 2012, President Obama asked for the House to work with him to fix our outdated, ineffective federal workforce development programs. The SKILLS Act does exactly that."