Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced H.R. 497, the America Works Act this morning. This a vital piece of bipartisan legislation that makes limited but sensible changes to the Workforce Investment Act, Perkins and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act by focusing existing training dollars towards nationally-portable, industry recognized certifications. The NAM has endorsed a series of certifications that train to exactly the skills necessary for success in Manufacturing. By pointing these Federal programs towards training that has been recognized by employers as in-demand we are ensuring that government resources are being used more effectively and that potential employees are being trained in marketable skills. We look forward to working with the sponsors on this important piece of legislation as it moves through Congress.