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Hill Briefing: Innovation in America’s Workforce: The Crucial Role of Federal Investments

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

America’s competitive position in the global economy depends upon the skills of its workforce. In a recent survey of likely voters, 93% of people, and the overwhelming majority of small and midsize business owners, support investment in skills. Despite this, the U.S. has not funded workforce and education programs at levels that meet workers’ or business’ needs.

A 2018 report from the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors found the U.S. invests far less on workforce programming than other developed countries, and the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request would level fund – or cut and eliminate – many of these programs.

After two decades of cuts, it’s time to invest in workforce and education programs, including those under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, that prepare workers with the skills to access good jobs and to fill open positions with local businesses.  

Hear from workforce experts from across the country about the importance of federal investment in the innovation happening at the state and local level, innovation that helps workers make ends meet, helps businesses compete and will help train people for growing industries that are critical to America’s economic success in the 21st Century.