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Hudson's Bipartisan Jobs Bill Passes Committee

June 7, 2017
Press Release
June 7, 2017
Hudson’s Bipartisan Jobs Bill Passes Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), member of the Energy Subcommittee, released the following statement after a bill he introduced with Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby Rush (D-IL) to improve energy and manufacturing workforce-training programs passed by unanimous consent out of the Energy and Commerce Committee:
“I’m still laser-focused on jobs and economic growth. Today’s bipartisan jobs bill will help close the skills gap and help people in our community get 21st century energy and manufacturing jobs. I thank Rep. Bobby Rush, the Ranking Democrat on the Energy Subcommittee, for working with me in a bipartisan manner to keep the focus on jobs and help North Carolinians get back to work.”
In addition to having a workforce capable of addressing 21st century challenges, there is also bipartisan support to ensure that workforce opportunities are accessible to all Americans. By directing the Department of Energy to effectively utilize existing resources, H.R. 338 would connect individuals with job-training programs – emphasizing under-represented and low-income communities – while also making current programs more efficient and effective. It would direct the Secretary of Energy to work with industry to identify the specific skills needed in our 21st century energy economy. After identifying the skills gap, the Secretary is directed to encourage state education agencies to equip students with these skills.