Veasey Votes In Favor of Bipartisan Bill to Expand Job Opportunities Through Career & Technical Education
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marc Veasey, Co-Chair of the Blue Collar Caucus, released the following statement after the House voted to reauthorize H.R. 2353, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act:
“At a time when our nation faces a shortage of skilled and technical workers, we must ensure ample resources are dedicated to equipping American workers with the training they need for good paying, in-demand jobs. President Trump’s proposed budget cut of $168 million dollars to the Career and Technical Education programs makes the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act more important than ever.
H.R. 2353, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, is a bipartisan bill created to ensure American workers can continue to compete in today’s global economy. The Perkins CTE Act is the largest federal investment in America’s high schools and provides support for CTE programs in all 50 states. While funding for the program has decreased in recent years, it is vital that we invest in its success. For the DFW Metroplex, it will ensure residents have the skills they need for the good-paying job opportunities in defense, aerospace, and automobile industries that are right here in our backyard.
While President Trump continues to turn his back on the American worker, I will continue to fight for policies that will allow students and working class Americans to gain the hands-on skills they need to prepare for a changing job market.”