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Sec. Solis Testifies in Senate Appropriations Hearing

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March 16, 2012

By: Jamie

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 budget proposals 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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