In today’s 21st century economy, Americans need an increasingly precise set of skills to enter the workforce ready to succeed. As technology changes the face of the global economy, we need to invest in high-quality skills training initiatives to ensure the U.S. remains internationally competitive in manufacturing and high-skilled jobs. In 2014, New Dems pushed for the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to bolster public-private partnerships and improve skills training for all workers. From strengthening the link between high schools and the workplace to investing more effectively in career and entrepreneurial training, New Dem Members have proposed smart, innovative policy ideas to strengthen workforce training and ensure everyone has an opportunity to thrive in the modern economy.
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Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Emeritus Ron Kind (WI-03) introduced the bipartisan Exploring the Future of Work Act, which would review the workforce challenges that exist due to technological advances. The bill will lead to policy recommendations to help make sure American workers are prepared and trained for jobs in the 21st century economy.
Washington, DC – This week, 48 Members of the New Democrat Coalition sent a letter to President Trump calling for a robust commitment to apprenticeship programs. The letter, led by Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), and Donald Norcross (NJ-01), outlines the importance of apprenticeships and urges the administration to maintain strong levels of funding for apprenticeship initiatives across the country.
Today, the New Democrat Coalition hosted a meeting with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to discuss the Obama Administration’s efforts to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for all Americans. Secretary Pritzker expressed the Administration’s commitment to securing new trade agreements that will support economic growth and help create good, high-paying jobs in the U.S. The leaders reiterated their shared commitment to a robust trade policy to ensure that products shipped around the world are stamped ‘Made in the USA.’
Washington, D.C. – The leaders of the 53-member pro-growth New Democrat Coalition issued the following statement following President Obama’s annual State of the Union Address last night: