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DelBene Leads Discussion on Jobs, Narrowing Skills Gap

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Washington, D.C., November 15, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01), a co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Access to Jobs Task Force, led a discussion with members of Congress and experts on jobs, education and the skills gap to discuss how Democrats can further promote commonsense policies that benefit working men and women in America.

As part of the House Democratic Caucus Jobs for America effort, the New Economy Task Force met to consider ways to address the skills gap in the American workforce and create opportunities for the hardest-working individuals in the country.

“Congress needs to update our laws to ensure all Americans succeed in the rapidly changing economy,” DelBene said. “We need a national commitment to ensuring not a single American is left behind as we forge new paths ahead. Public-private partnerships are a key part of the solution, which is why it’s so important to hear from experts on the ground. By creating new opportunities across the country, we can make every community, family and business in the nation stronger and more resilient.”

With a rapidly changing economy and new challenges facing American workers, the New Economy Task Force will take a forward-leaning approach to job growth, looking at rapidly advancing technology, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing and ensuring workers are trained for the jobs of tomorrow.

“It is critically important that the American workforce is up-to-date on the skills and tools necessary to take on the jobs of the future. Skills training opens up a world of opportunity for hardworking Americans, which can lead to financial security and stability,” said Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley. “I look forward to hearing from Congresswoman DelBene on how to best prepare American workers for jobs in a skilled workforce.”

The New Economy Task Force is one of five Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces, all focused on creating opportunities for growth, boosting hardworking families and giving every worker the opportunity to achieve the American dream by developing legislation focused on investing in key industries. The effort was launched by House Democratic Caucus in September.

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