WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), announced her original co-sponsorship of the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act, legislation introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) that would invest $15 billion in America’s workforce training infrastructure and career and technical education.
“We must take action to swiftly reverse the job losses in Nevada and across our country brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Rosen. “This legislation will provide critical resources to assist Nevadans in their efforts to seek employment. It also invests in our workers by providing tools and training for in-demand industries and occupations. I will continue my efforts in Congress to support Nevada’s workforce and fill jobs in the Silver State.”
BACKGROUND: The Relaunching America’s Workforce Act would:
- Provide over $11 billion to the state and local public workforce system to support dislocated workers, employers, youth and adults seeking jobs. These funds will support workforce training activities, including career navigation services, access to online skills training and employment services, while prioritizing short-term training to health care and essential frontline workers;
- Invest $1 billion in expanding the capacity of adult education providers across the U.S. to prioritize serving adults with low-literacy levels negatively impacted by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 national emergency;
- Invest $1 billion in career and technical education to prepare students for careers in in-demand industry sectors and occupations;
- And invest $2 billion to restart the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) – a grant program created during the 2008 recession to support partnerships with community colleges and businesses, and provide individuals pathways to high-skill, high-wage and in-demand employment opportunities.