Leader Cantor Applauds Bipartisan, Bicameral SKILLS Agreement

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today released the following statement applauding a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to reform the federal workforce training system:

“With 20 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, the House of Representatives has prioritized legislation to help Americans get back to work and close the skills gap that has prevented too many from getting a job. Over a year ago, the House passed the SKILLS Act to streamline existing federal programs, eliminate government hurdles for job training, and strengthen the relationship between community colleges and job training programs. Not only must we ensure that government is not standing in the way of businesses creating jobs, but we must also ensure that government is not impeding the ability of people seeking jobs to gain the skills for available jobs. With today’s agreement, we move one step closer to empowering our workforce and creating an America that works for everyone. I thank Chairman Kline, Representatives Foxx, Miller, Hinojosa, and Senators Alexander, Isakson, Harkin, and Murray for their efforts in achieving this bipartisan, bicameral agreement. Dozens of other House passed pieces of legislation that help grow our economy and create jobs remain stalled in the Senate, and I hope this is a sign of more action to come. We anticipate swift consideration of this legislation in the House as soon as the Senate approves the measure.”

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