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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.




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