The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act passed the House of Representatives by voice vote today. Congressman Rick Allen (R-GA-12) cosponsored this important bipartisan legislation. As a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Congressman Allen spoke in support of the legislation on the House floor earlier today:
“I rise in support of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century.
“Last week, President Trump laid out his plan to expand educational opportunities for American workers. President Trump’s dedication to workforce development is admirable, and I’m glad that we have a President who has made this a priority.
“As someone who has worked in the construction industry for my entire career, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to find skilled workers. In fact, I spoke at the Associated Builders and Contractors breakfast this morning, and they reported that there will be over 1 million job openings in the construction industry in the next few years.
“I have met with many industries in my district - the workforce is aging, there aren’t enough people who currently have the skills to take over, and it can take nearly two years for people to be fully trained for these positions. First and foremost, it is our responsibility to make sure that young people today are equipped for the job market of tomorrow.
“Getting an education is essential, but it is equally important that our education efforts are aligned with the in-demand jobs in our communities. This bill will bridge the gap between the business community and education, which is critical to prepare America’s future workforce. I am happy to cosponsor this important bill– and I hope that my colleagues will join me in voting for H.R. 2353.”