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Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. GABBARD. Madam Chair, I would like to give thanks to Representatives Don Young, Tom Cole, and Representative Noem for offering this very important amendment. The Hawaii Members have had a long relationship with Alaska on Native issues, and I look forward to that great relationship continuing.

This amendment would require that each State provide exactly 1 percent of their total allotment for Native grants. As the bill stands, Native grants are capped at 1 percent, which could result in major funding reductions or no funding at all.

With this amendment, we can ensure our native populations are guaranteed at least 1 percent. This is a critical provision to ensure that our native populations are not forgotten or left behind.

In my home State of Hawaii, for example, ALU LIKE is able to take critical workforce investment funds and help Native Hawaiians as well as Alaska Natives and Native American Indians advance their academic or occupational skills and put them on a path to personal and economic self-sufficiency.

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