House Passes the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, delivered remarks in support of H.R. 803, the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, which passed the U.S. House today by a vote of 215-202. 


Today the House will vote on the “Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills” Act – the SKILLS Act.

With 12 million Americans out of work and 3.6 million job openings unfilled, the SKILLS Act will modernize and reform our federal workforce development programs.

As a former volunteer member of a workforce investment board who had responsibility for administering these training opportunities, I witnessed firsthand the difficulty and expense these duplicative and overlapping programs create.

The SKILLS Act consolidates current programs efficiently so that individuals seeking training will be able to navigate this system with greater access and success.

The SKILLS Act also refocuses the accountability and control at the local level rather than Washington.

America’s competitiveness depends on having a qualified and trained workforce.  The SKILLS Act offers just that.

President Obama called on Congress in 2012 to work with him to develop a skills training program that is more efficient and effective. The SKILLS Act does just that.

Let’s take action to put Americans back to work and make America more competitive.

I yield back.

Click here to learn more about the SKILLS Act.