Today Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted in support of H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act. The bill works to provide more effective job training programs for those seeking work. The SKILLS Act passed, 215-202.
"With more than 12 million Americans out of work, people should not be burdened with confusing job training programs," said Hall. "That is why I am pleased to support the SKILLS Act, a pro-jobs bill that would reform federal workforce development programs to provide more efficient and effective job training for those seeking work."
Specifically, the SKILLS Act would:
· Allow states, local officials, and job creators to tailor programs to best fit their area's in-demand occupations;
· Streamline 35 programs; and
· Strengthen the role of employers in workforce development decisions.
"Washington must do all it can to help people get back to work. By empowering employers and reining in bureaucracy, we can ensure taxpayer dollars are put to better use -- toward actual, readily-accessible job training to help workers. Job creation and economic growth are the top priorities of my constituents, and I will continue to fight for legislation that promotes these goals."