Duckworth seeks more funds for job training, adult education
U.S. Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) are seeking more funding for job training and adult education programs in 2016.
Duckworth and Bonamici recently sent a letter to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Related Agencies requesting the additional funding.
The letter specifically asks for funding for programs that build off of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
“U.S. workers and businesses need access to skills to grow the economy and maintain our nation’s competitive edge,” Duckworth said. “So many job openings require at least some postsecondary education or training, leaving millions of Americans out of the work force. Expanding access to job training and adult-education programs is crucial to the ability for workers to obtain quality, well-paying jobs."
Duckworth and Bonamici want funding for WIOA Title 1 programs, $400 million in supplemental funding for the Wagner-Peyser Employment Service, $200 million for the American Technical Training Fund and $100 million for the Apprenticeship Grants.
The letter was co-signed by 61 other members of Congress.