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Congressmen Krishnamoorthi And Langevin Introduce Resolution Calling For Doubling Federal Funding For Career And Technical Education

September 1, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and Jim Langevin (RI-02) introduced a resolution to double federal funding for career and technical education (CTE). Krishnamoorthi and Langevin previously partnered on CTE reform as the co-lead and an original sponsor, respectively, of the Strengthening Career And Technical Education For The 21st Century Act. This landmark bipartisan legislation, signed into law by President Donald Trump in July 2018, reformed CTE programs for the first time in over a decade through requiring educators and business leaders to develop curricula together in order to prepare students for in-demand jobs. The Krishnamoorthi-Langevin resolution seeks to build on these reforms and investments through doubling funding for these programs at a time when millions of Americans continue to struggle with long-term unemployment.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated ongoing changes in our workforce, and I’m proud to partner with Congressman Langevin to fight for the funding necessary to prepare Americans for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “By providing more resources to our federal career and technical education system, we can ensure that every American worker has the chance to develop the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century and build a family-sustaining, middle-class job.”

“The American economy is changing, and our workforce has to change with it,” said Congressman Jim Langevin. “Doubling our investments in career and technical training, apprenticeship programs, and community colleges would drastically expand the opportunities available to young people and folks looking to make a career change. Rep. Krishnamoorthi and I are fighting to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to find well-paying, fulfilling careers.”

“A significant investment in Career Technical Education (CTE) is essential to meet the urgent need for high-quality and equitable programs that address the growing skills gap and insufficient access to workforce education and training,” said Kimberly Green, Executive Director of Advance CTE, which endorsed the resolution. “We join Representatives Krishnamoorthi and Langevin in calling on Congress to deliver on the promise of the American Jobs Plan and advance access to equitable skills education for each learner through a $10 billion investment in the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).”

“ACTE is pleased to support Congressman Krishnamoorthi and Congressman Langevin’s resolution expressing the vital need for federal investments in career and technical education (CTE), particularly as Congress considers funding priorities in a budget reconciliation package,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Many American workers are seeking to reskill and upskill into in-demand jobs and careers, and these investments would allow CTE to continue providing a strong pipeline of talented workers for the jobs and economy of the future. I urge Members to recognize and take advantage of this unique opportunity to support CTE programs at a critical time for our nation’s students and economy. ACTE would like to thank Congressman Krishnamoorthi and Congressman Langevin for their his leadership and support of CTE.”

The text of the resolution is available here.