Today, Congressman Whitfield along with 70 other bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Labor, Seth Harris, expressing their strong opposition to the Department's decision to cut 3,000 student slots and suspend student enrollment at Job Corps Centers across the country, including nearly 650 student slots at the Earl C. Clements Job Corp facility Morganfield. The letter states:
"Sadly, this is the third time in eight months that the Department of Labor has suspended or cut student enrollment in the Job Corps program due to operational budget shortfalls. When asked, the Department of Labor has not provided Congressional offices with the amount of money that will be saved by implementing these policies. Also, the Department of Labor continues to say that the hope is these cuts will be temporary, through the end of the 2012 program year. However, Congressional offices have not received any guarantees in writing from the Department of Labor that Centers will be able to recoup those student slots on July 1, 2013, the beginning of the 2013 program year."
As a founding member of the Congressional Job Corps Caucus, Congressman Whitfield has always been a strong supporter of the Job Corps Community. He will continue to closely monitor this situation to ensure that any changes to the Job Corps program are not made at the expense of the students the program serves. A copy of the letter is attached.