U.S. Rep. Billy Long today voted in favor of the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act.
"Government does not create jobs but government can hinder job growth. Our federal workforce development programs cost billions of dollars supporting ineffective and redundant programs. It's time to streamline and modernize these programs and help Americans get the skills they need to compete and succeed in today's economy," Long said.
Despite the numerous federal job training programs, many job openings go unfilled because too many Americans don't have the right training or skills needed. The SKILLS Act eliminates and streamlines 35 ineffective and redundant programs into the Workforce Investment Fund. This will make it easier for jobseekers and employers to fill in-demand jobs, and it will cut wasteful spending and redundant programs in the process. The legislation also empowers job creators and strengthens the role of employers in workforce development decisions by requiring two-thirds of workforce board members be employers and focuses training for in-demand jobs.