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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Applauds Committee Passage of Workforce Development Funding In Build Back Better Act, Calls On Senate To Support

September 13, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following robust advocacy to strengthen investments in workforce development, Congressman Krishnamoorthi applauded the House Education and Labor Committee passing its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which includes nearly $80 billion in funding for workforce development programs and $4 billion for career and technical education (CTE) programs. This July, Congressman Krishnamoorthi and Congressman Horsford co-led a letter, which was signed by over 100 Members of Congress, calling for a $100 billion investment in workforce development programs to be included in the reconciliation bill, and in August, Congressman Krishnamoorthi co-authored a resolution with Congressman Langevin calling for a significant increase in CTE funding in any reconciliation package. 

“Thanks to Chairman Bobby Scott's leadership along with our robust advocacy, the House Education and Labor Committee’s passage of nearly $80 billion for workforce development programs in its portion of the Build Back Better Act is a tremendous leap forward for the U.S. workforce and economy,” Congressman Krishnamoorthi said. “Getting people back to work after this pandemic is not going to happen easily; we need to provide current employees and jobseekers with the tools to lift themselves up through reskilling and upskilling. In addition, we need to ensure young Americans are pursuing high-quality education pathways that prepare them for the 21st century economy and the new jobs created by President Biden's new infrastructure investments. Investing in American workforce development is a win-win-win for American workers, businesses, and our overall economy. I strongly encourage the Senate HELP Committee to match the House's strong commitment to American workers.”

Gabe Horwitz, Senior Vice President, Economic Program, Third Way: “As millions of workers pursue new jobs and industries in a post-COVID economy, we need to ensure they have access to apprenticeships, skills training, and high-quality credentials to secure those jobs. The House Education & Labor Committee made an essential down payment on that need, and we hope their colleagues in the Senate can work towards matching the House and President Biden’s proposed levels of investment to make a strong commitment to American workers.”

“Advance CTE is pleased with the robust investments provided for Career Technical Education (CTE) and workforce development in the House Education and Labor Committee's proposal for the Build Back Better Act,” said Advance CTE Executive Director Kimberly Green. “This legislation includes significant, increased funding and new investments that are crucial for states, schools and colleges to deliver high-quality CTE programs that are responsive to the evolving needs of industry and to close skill gaps. Advance CTE appreciates Congressman Krishnamoorthi's steadfast leadership and advocacy for CTE and workforce development. We call upon Congress to maintain the funding levels in the House bill as a commitment to a future where each learner has access and opportunity to succeed in their chosen career pathway.”

“The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to support the strong funding levels for career and technical education (CTE) and workforce development in the Build Back Better Act,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “This legislation contains billions in new investments to help American workers achieve success in in-demand careers, and it is a strong down payment to ensuring the U.S. economy has the talent it needs to fully recover from the pandemic. ACTE would like to thank the House Education and Labor Committee, and Congressman Krishnamoorthi, for their continued commitment to CTE and workforce development. As the budget reconciliation process moves forward in the full House and in the Senate, CTE advocates call on Congress to maintain the robust funding levels provided for these programs in the House Education and Labor Committee’s portion of the Build Back Better Act.”

Congressman Krishnamoorthi has been a tireless advocate for workforce development and CTE throughout his tenure in Congress. During the 115th Congress, the Congressman co-led the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, a landmark modernization of the nation’s federal CTE programs, which was signed into law in 2018.