THE SKILLS ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 3
(House of Representatives - January 07, 2014)

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                             THE SKILLS ACT

  (Ms. FOXX asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute.)
  Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, today the President called on Congress to take 
action to help put Americans back to work. Almost 9 months ago, the 
House passed H.R. 803, the SKILLS Act, with bipartisan support. The 
SKILLS Act, which I authored, would modernize the vast labyrinth of 
Federal workforce development programs, increasing access, eliminating 
waste, and promoting accountability. This bill is languishing in the 
Senate.
  As we gavel in the second session of the 113th Congress, this House 
will maintain its focus on jobs. Our top priority is creating an 
environment conducive to economic growth and job creation. In last 
year's session, the House passed more than 30 pieces of legislation 
designed to decrease bureaucracy, increase opportunity, and restore 
vitality to our economy. Unfortunately, the majority of this 
legislation is being held up in the Senate. I join the President in 
calling for action on jobs, starting with Senate consideration of the 
SKILLS Act.

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