January 7, 2014 - Issue: Vol. 160, No. 3 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 2nd Session
THE SKILLS ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 3
(House of Representatives - January 07, 2014)
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[Pages H5-H6] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] 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. [[Page H6]] ____________________