Investing in Job Training

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Washington, DC, February 9, 2016 | comments

Dear Friend,

In Congress, I’m working to help Washington’s families and businesses succeed. Instead of partisan bickering, I’m proposing innovative solutions that give us a solid return on our investments. Two years ago this week, as part of the bipartisan five-year Farm Bill, I secured $200 million for job-training pilot programs around the country similar to Washington’s Basic Food Employment & Training program.

In March, our state received a $22 million grant from that funding to provide people on nutrition assistance with the tools they need to get back on their feet. Reducing people’s need for assistance and helping them find good-paying, long-term employment encourages economic growth and helps create an economy that works for everyone. It is a prime example of how investing a little money in a targeted way now, saves us money down the road.

Washington has now started implementing its new job-training program, Resources to Initiate Successful Employment (RISE), which will run from Dec. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2018. RISE is expected to provide services to 7,000 participants during those three years.

We need more bipartisan programs like this one to focus on expanding economic opportunities for all Americans, and I look forward to working with all my colleagues on commonsense solutions that help rebuild our middle class.

As always, my office is here to serve you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also stay up-to-date on what I’m doing by signing up for my e-newsletter, or following me on social media. If you need assistance dealing with a federal agency, such as the IRS or the VA, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085.


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