Raja’s Bipartisan Amendment to Increase Accountability in Job Training Programs Passes House Overwhelmingly
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi successfully introduced a bipartisan amendment this morning to the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act (H.R.2842) welfare-to-work package. The Krishnamoorthi amendment. which requires states to track whether participants in the programs find jobs that match their training and experience, passed the House by a vote of 380 to 32 with broad bipartisan support. This follows the passage yesterday of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) for which Congressman Krishnamoorthi was the lead Democrat.
“Yesterday, the House unanimously passed our bipartisan career and technical education bill, and I’m glad today it overwhelmingly approved my amendment to increase accountability and transparency for a new series of jobs programs,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “This bill establishes a welfare-to-work jobs initiative to help families lift themselves into the middle class through job training, apprenticeships, and job placement. My amendment increases the accountability for these programs through requiring states to track whether participants in these initiatives are able to find jobs that match their training and work experience. We need to create more jobs and to train more Americans for the jobs already available, but to accomplish these goals, we need to have the best data available on where job training programs are succeeding, and where they need to be improved. My amendment will strengthen these jobs programs by doing both.”