Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama visited Northern Virginia Community College to announce initiatives to strengthen the manufacturing sector:
“Today, President Obama visited Northern Virginia Community College to discuss the importance of manufacturing to our economy’s future, and the role community colleges play in creating a well-prepared workforce, ready to take on well-paying jobs. I strongly agree with the president on the importance of manufacturing, which supports millions of middle-class families, drives innovation and productivity across our economy, and is crucial to America’s international competitiveness. That’s why I’m such a strong supporter of the Make It In America agenda, which focuses on rebuilding our manufacturing strength.
"The initiatives President Obama announced today incorporate core elements of three Make It In America workforce training proposals: the JOBS Act, a bill I introduced, which builds job-training partnerships between advanced manufacturers and community colleges like the one the president is visiting today; Rep. Donnelly’s America WORKS Act, which focuses on the importance of portable credentials; and Rep. Loebsack’s SECTORS Act, which strengthens business-labor-education partnerships across many sectors, in addition to manufacturing. These and other Make It In America bills can win the support of both parties, and Congress should take action on them soon.”