Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, spoke on the House floor on H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This bipartisan legislation that passed the House on Tuesday empowers state and local governments and will help more Americans—especially young Americans—enter the workforce with the tools and knowledge they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. Below is a transcript of her remarks, or for video, click here.
Mr. Speaker, in my district, industries ranging from manufacturing, to renewable energy production, to mineral production, regularly tell me about the need for a trained and qualified work force.
And when I visit with students and families across our district, I hear about how eager workers are for these advanced opportunities.
Over the past two years I have visited many of the BOCES, CV-TEC and P-Tech programs throughout our district and know how critical the training they provide is to preparing our students to compete in a 21st Century economy.
This is why I was proud to work with my colleagues on the Education Committee to pass the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.
This bipartisan bill will help equip students with the skills and experience they need to find jobs that will lead to long, fruitful careers by encouraging more local control and flexibility.
I’m pleased that the House overwhelmingly passed this important legislation, and I urge the Senate to pass it and send it to the President’s desk.
Thank you and I yield back.
Congresswoman Stefanik helped pass this legislation out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in July. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act will help more individuals gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed by:
- Empowering State and Local Community Leaders
- Improving Alignment with In-Demand Jobs
- Increasing Transparency and Accountability
- Ensuring a Limited Federal Role
An amendment to the legislation offered by Congresswoman Stefanik, Co-Chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, passed by voice vote in Committee that will allow for arts and design integration under the State Leadership Activities and Local Use of Funds sections.