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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Congressman Krishnamoorthi Leads 237 Members of Congress in Letter Urging Senate Education Committee to Take Up the Thompson-Krishnamoorthi Act

November 20, 2017
Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, lead Democratic sponsor of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, joined Republican sponsor Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson of Pennsylvania in leading 235 other Members of the House of Representatives in urging the Senate education committee to take up the bill which passed the House unanimously in June.

The Thompson-Krishnamoorthi act would modernize career, technical, and vocational education through increasing local control and employer involvement to focus curricula on in-demand skills. By requiring educators to work directly with local employers to identify the skills needed in the work force, the Thompson-Krishnamoorthi Act will ensure that career and technical education programs prepare students not just for their next job, but for a good-paying, family-sustaining career. The bill will also benefit employers through providing the skilled workforce they need to help their businesses thrive and grow.

“It’s not often these days that we see a piece of serious legislation pass the House with bipartisan support, never mind unanimously, but that’s exactly what happened with this bill because Democrats and Republicans agree that we need to modernize our career and technical education system,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “The House has done its part by passing this legislation unanimously and through our letter, my colleagues and I are calling upon the Senate to do the same. A four-year degree may not be for everyone but an education must be and this bill will help make that a reality.”

The letter led by Congressmen Krishnamoorthi and Thompson is available here and its text follows.

November 11, 2017

 

The Honorable Lamar Alexander, Chairman                     The Honorable Patty Murray, Ranking Member

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions     Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

United States Senate                                                           United States Senate

428 Dirksen Office Building                                              428 Dirksen Office Building

Washington, D.C., 20510                                                   Washington, D.C., 20510

 

Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

 

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. As Members of Congress committed to increasing access to high-quality career and technical education (CTE), we respectfully request that the Senate HELP Committee begin consideration of this legislation.

If signed into law, H.R. 2353 will reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act for the first time since 2006, ensuring that the federal policy governing CTE is modern, robust and well-engineered. As you know, CTE plays an important role in the success of both traditional and non-traditional students and improves the profitability of all sectors of the American economy.

Business owners depend on Perkins Act programs to bridge the skills gap and increase the number of job-ready candidates. Thanks to skills-based learning, employers can be confident that students will have the tools they need to succeed in a number of career pathways, including manufacturing, information technology (IT) and agriculture as they enter the job market.

With this in mind, we believe it is incumbent upon this body to pass legislation that will help millions of Americans access the skills and technical knowledge they need to build promising futures. We greatly appreciate your dedication to this issue and look forward to working in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to reauthorize the Perkins Act.

Thank you for your leadership and we look forward to your timely reply.

Sincerely,

 

                                               

Raja Krishnamoorthi                                                               Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson

                                               

Vicente Gonzalez                                                                    Mark DeSaulnier

                                               

Debbie Dingell                                                                        John Moolenaar

                                               

Bradley Byrne                                                                         Tom O’Halleran

                                               

Eric Swalwell                                                                          Bruce Westerman

                                               

John Yarmuth                                                                         Donald M. Payne

                                               

Ann McLane Kuster                                                               Paul Mitchell

                                               

Salud O. Carbajal                                                                    Josh Gottheimer

                                               

Michelle Lujan Grisham                                                         Mia Love

                                               

Elizabeth H. Esty                                                                    Alma Adams

                                               

David Scott                                                                             Thomas R. Suozzi

                                               

Daniel T. Kildee                                                                     Jimmy Panetta

                                               

John Rutherford                                                                      Mike Thompson

                                               

Robert B. Aderholt                                                                 Ted W. Lieu

                                               

Frank Pallone, Jr.                                                                    Val Demings

                                               

Mike Doyle                                                                             David Young

                                               

Anna G. Eshoo                                                                        Roger Marshall, M.D.

                                               

Ruben J. Kihuen                                                                     A. Donald McEachin

                                               

Elise Stefanik                                                                          Pramila Jayapal

                                               

Ryan Costello                                                                         James Renacci

                                               

Mark Amodei                                                                         John Lewis

                                               

Scott Taylor                                                                             Jacky Rosen

                                               

Jack Bergman                                                                          Thomas A. Garrett, Jr.

                                               

Tulsi Gabbard                                                                         Jason Lewis

                                               

Colleen Hanabusa                                                                   Denny Heck

                                               

Rick W. Allen                                                                         Charlie Crist

                                               

Filemon Vela                                                                          James McGovern

                                               

Suzanne Bonamici                                                                  Tom MacArthur

                                               

Matt Gaetz                                                                              Claudia Tenney

                                               

Ro Khanna                                                                              Brian Fitzpatrick

                                               

Lloyd Smucker                                                                        Warren Davidson

                                               

Mike Gallagher                                                                       Cheri Bustos

                                   

Julia Brownley                                                                        Mark Meadows

                                               

Sean Patrick Maloney                                                             Susan W. Brooks

                                               

A. Drew Ferguson IV, D.M.D.                                               Matt Cartwright

                                               

Lois Frankel                                                                            Luis Correa

                                               

Dwight Evans                                                                         Jaime Herrera Beutler

                                               

Rod Blum                                                                                Earl Blumenauer

                                               

Debbie Wasserman Schultz                                                    Donald S. Beyer, Jr.

                                               

Scott H. Peters                                                                        Lisa Blunt Rochester

                                               

David Joyce                                                                            Tim Ryan

                                               

Dave Reichert                                                                         Brendan Boyle

                                               

Keith Rothfus                                                                         Daniel Webster

                                               

Karen C. Handel                                                                     Brenda L. Lawrence

                                               

Susan A. Davis                                                                       Joaquin Castro

                                               

Bill Foster                                                                               Sander Levin

                                               

Stephanie Murphy                                                                   Robin L. Kelly

                                               

Grace Meng                                                                            Dan Newhouse

                                               

Raul Ruiz                                                                                Nanette Diaz Barragán

                                               

Beto O’Rourke                                                                        Al Lawson, Jr.

                                               

Zoe Lofgren                                                                            Carlos Curbelo

                                               

Jared Huffman                                                                        Seth Moulton

                                               

Ed Perlmutter                                                                          Katherine Clark

                                               

Mark Pocan                                                                             Darin LaHood

                                               

Andy Barr                                                                               Darren Soto

                                               

Ami Bera, M.D.                                                                      Joe Wilson

                                               

Mike Bost                                                                               John B. Larson

                                               

Ron Kind                                                                                Anthony G. Brown

                                               

Mark Takano                                                                           Tony Cárdenas

                                               

Raul Grijalva                                                                           Glenn Grothman

                                               

James Comer                                                                           Don Bacon

                                               

Lee Zeldin                                                                               Marc Veasey

 

                                               

Derek Kilmer                                                                          Lynn Jenkins

                                               

David Loebsack                                                                      Carl Shea-Porter

                                               

Donald Norcross                                                                     Bonnie Watson Coleman

                                               

Jim Cooper                                                                              Juan Vargas

                                               

Hakeem Jeffries                                                                      Grace Napolitano

                                               

Adriano Espaillat                                                                    John Delaney

                                               

Mike Kelly                                                                              Randy K. Weber, Sr.

                                               

Bill Johnson                                                                            Norma J. Torres

                                               

Kevin Cramer                                                                          Trent Kelly

                                               

Dave Trott                                                                               Kyrsten Sinema

                                               

Jared Polis                                                                               David G. Valadao

                                               

Rodney Davis                                                                         Robert A. Brady

                                               

Lou Barletta                                                                            Kathy Castor

                                               

Robert J. Wittman                                                                   Jim Jordan

                                               

Yvette D. Clarke                                                                     James R. Langevin

                                               

G. K. Butterfield                                                                     Jim Costa

                                               

Lucille Roybal-Allard                                                             David E. Price

                                               

Jerry Nadler                                                                            Diana DeGette

                                               

Rick Larsen                                                                             Peter DeFazio

                                               

André Carson                                                                          Eleanor Holmes Norton

                                               

Francis Rooney                                                                       Chellie Pingree

                                               

Elijah E. Cummings                                                                Marcy Kaptur

                                               

Sheila Jackson Lee                                                                 Bobby L. Rush

                                               

Terri Sewell                                                                            Mac Thornberry

                                               

Steve King                                                                              Blaine Luetkemeyer

                                               

Ben Ray Luján                                                                        Gregory Meeks

                                               

Vicky Hartzler                                                                        Karen Bass

                                               

Barbara Lee                                                                            Tom Marino

                                               

David N. Cicilline                                                                   Gwen Moore

                                               

Betty McCollum                                                                     Keith Ellison

                                               

Adam Smith                                                                            Jerry McNerney

                                               

Peter Welch                                                                             Pat Meehan

                                               

Carolyn B. Maloney                                                                Bob Goodlatte

                                               

Doris Matsui                                                                           Tim Walz

                                               

Linda T. Sánchez                                                                    Emanuel Cleaver, II

                                               

Albio Sires                                                                              Marcia Fudge

                                               

Dan Lipinski                                                                           Al Green

                                               

Joe Courtney                                                                           William Keating

                                               

Alcee L. Hastings                                                                   José E. Serrano           

                                               

Nita Lowey                                                                             Richard M. Nolan

                                               

Jan Schakowsky                                                                      Adam Schiff

                                               

Steve Cohen                                                                            Sanford Bishop

                                               

Luis V. Gutierrez                                                                    Steve Womack

                                               

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger                                                      Brad R. Wenstrup

                                               

Judy Chu                                                                                 Kurt Schrader

                                               

Steve Pearce                                                                            Tim Walberg

                                               

John Garamendi                                                                      Todd Rokita   

                                               

Madeleine Z. Bordallo                                                            Mike Coffman

                                               

Frederica Wilson                                                                     Ted Deutch

                                               

Ron Estes                                                                                Randy Hultgren

                                               

Kristi Noem                                                                            Mike Quigley

                                               

Brian Higgins                                                                          Eliot L. Engel 

                                               

Paul Tonko                                                                              Dina Titus

                                               

Jackie Speier                                                                           Tom Cole

                                               

Eddie Bernice Johnson                                                           Louise Slaughter

                                               

Gene Green                                                                             Suzan DelBene

                                               

Ralph Abraham