Senate HELP Committee Moves Forward on Reauthorizing the Perkins CTE Act to Close the Skills Gap

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act, which encourages training that will equip students for manufacturing jobs and promotes the work-based acquisition of skills, is an essential piece of legislation for building and sustaining the skilled workforce of tomorrow. The National Association of Manufacturers supports its reauthorization, and we were glad to see the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions take the first crucial step toward reauthorization today by voting to send the Perkins CTE Act to the full Senate for a vote.

Prior to the committee’s action, the NAM released a statement of support:

Your bipartisan legislation is a critical step to ensuring that our nation’s students have the skills they need to be successful in the 21st-century economy….The NAM applauds your dedication to addressing the employee skills gap that manufacturers across the country are facing.

And why do we support it? As a coalition of more than 500 organizations, including the NAM, explained:

Because employers are reporting a shortage of skilled workers to fill in-demand positions, ensuring that secondary and postsecondary institutions offer modern, quality and relevant CTE programs remains a leading priority so that we can develop and grow our nation’s workforce. As competition for high-skilled labor increases and as the U.S. economy reaches full employment, every effort must be made to close the skills gaps that many industries across all sectors face.

Today’s action was a positive step for American workers and the health of our economy. Now, it’s time for the full Senate to act so we can continue to move forward.

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