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House Unanimously Approves Thompson’s Bill to Reauthorize, Strengthen Career & Technical Education

July 25, 2018
Press Release
Bill now heads to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today unanimously approved U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson’s bipartisan legislation to strengthen and improve career and technical education and give Americans the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs.

H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. This is the first major overhaul to the program since 2006.  Rep. Thompson introduced the bill with U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL).

“Today’s vote is a win for the American worker,” Rep. Thompson said. “This bill has been a long time coming and I am pleased that it has been approved unanimously by the United States Congress and will now head to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

“Given the dramatic evolution of our nation’s workforce, it is imperative that we create clear pathways to education and training for students interested in pursuing careers in high-demand industries and technical fields. As Co-Chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, I am proud of this bill, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act — a well-engineered, bipartisan reauthorization aimed at permanently closing our nation’s skills gap. This bill will work to restore rungs on the ladder of opportunity for every American regardless of age or background.”

TIMELINE

On June 22, 2017, the House unanimously approved H.R. 2353.

On Monday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the bill.

Today’s measure is the final step before the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act is sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.