Sec. Solis Testifies in Senate Appropriations Hearing
March 16, 2012
On March 14, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis testified
before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to discuss the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013
for the Department of Labor. The secretary highlighted the Administration’s theme
of “Building an Economy that is Built to Last” and discussed the Administration’s
commitment to increasing access to education and job training programs.
The secretary also called on a need to reauthorize the
Workforce Investment Act and stressed that the Administration could not wait
for Congress to act. Instead, the Administration wants to reshape WIA programs
to better align with the needs of the current workforce and business.
The senators spent most of the hearing discussing recently
proposed child labor law regulations and the way these impact family farms
across the country. The secretary listened to their concerns and agreed to
discuss the issue in more detail with the senators at a later date.
Unfortunately, little attention was paid to re-skilling the
workforce and the role that CTE plays to meet employer needs.
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