Restoring the rungs on the ladder of opportunity

At the Conference Stakeout this morning, Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) joined House Republican Leadership to share more about their legislation to help Americans learn the skills they need to be competitive and find good-paying jobs.

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA):

“The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act aims to restore the rungs on the ladder of opportunity for all Americans. We’ve all met young people who haven’t been inspired in a traditional classroom setting..but if you put in their hands the tools of skills-based education or career and technical education, whether that’s a welder or wrenches or stethoscope or paintbrush…they’re inspired. And they excel.”

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Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL):

“The federal government spends more than half a trillion dollars each year on measures to combat poverty. Unfortunately, despite this large investment, there are still over 43 million people living in poverty in our country. While we have made progress, there are additional steps that we can take to help more individuals move from welfare programs to long-term employment. So this week the House of Representatives is doing its part to make sure we are empowering Americans who are struggling to find work and improve their lives. The Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act bridges the gap between low-income Americans looking for work, and employers who want and need to fill jobs.”