Alison Lundergan Grimes applauds the Department of Labor's continued support for the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP). Last week, the Department announced it would award $7.5 million to the program to help out-of-work Kentuckians transition to new work. The grant will specifically fund EKCEP's Hiring Our Miners Everyday (HOME) program, which is focused on getting laid-off coal miners the training and job-seeking support they need to reenter the workforce.
In January, Alison outlined her forward-looking jobs plan, calling for more investments like those made by the DOL into the EKCEP program. As coal miners are increasingly displaced by President Obama's overreaching EPA regulations, Alison calls for a focus on job training and investment for areas that have suffered as a result of federal energy policy. In the U.S. Senate, she will fight to expand these programs and will work tirelessly to put hardworking Kentuckians back to work.
Excerpt from Alison's jobs plan:
"As your next Senator, I will pursue federal investment capital and development incentives for areas like Kentucky's eastern and western coalfields that have suffered as a result of federal energy policies. When federal policy causes disproportionate harm to one state or region, as this Administration has done, it is only right to offer sufficient assistance to real people who simply want to provide for their families."