Obama has offered a way to address job training. What’s the hold up, Congress?

Not only are businesses facing lower derived demand for their goods and services, but they are also facing a shortage of skilled workers to fill available jobs. This Wall Street Journal article describes the dilemma faced by some employers looking for skilled labor.

Is this a problem the federal government can address? Under President Obama’s American Jobs Act, he proposes allocating $5 billion to a  Pathways Back to Work Fund. Approximately $1.5 billion would fund competitive grants to states to carry out work-based training and other work-related and educational strategies and activities.

Not to say that Congress has a shortage of legislation aimed at training individuals for jobs. By my count there are approximately 24 pieces of legislation addressing job training sitting in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Roughly 83% of these pieces of legislation were filed by Democrats.

If the GOP is serious about job training, can we argue that its legislative agenda reflects that?

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Obama has offered a way to address job training. What’s the hold up, Congress?

  1. Kenneth J. Ciszewski says:

    How could anyone ever suggest that “GOP is serious about job training”, especially if 83% of the bills before Congress are from Democrats? That means only one in six is from the GOP, or 3 of the 24. And of course, if Obama is in favor of job training, the GOP has to be against it. Add to this its long record of not caring about the average working person, except to try to privatize Social Security to make Wall Street richer, and trying to disallow unemployment benefits, and you have your answer. The GOP would rather bring in guest workers from other countries than spend tax money on training Americans for high paying jobs–Newt Gingrich suggested allowing more high skill foreign immigrants be allowed to come in as part of his recent immigration proposal.

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