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|ASA Advocacy Has Dinner with Congressman Jim Langevin to Discuss Workforce Development
Last week ASA Advocacy sat down for dinner with Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI). This was to discuss the need to discuss the need for workforce development and CTE (Career Technical Education) training. Statistics show that for every five plumbers that retire, only one is being replaced. According to ASA’s 2015 Labor Study, the total workforce for the PHCP/PVF wholesale industry is estimated at 205,408 full time and part time employees and by 2020, 25% of the employees in the PHCP and PVF industries will have retired.
Congressman Langevin is on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security, but would is most important for ASA members, is that he is a co-chair of the Career and Technical Education Caucus. He has a passion for workforce development and understand the need for action now. In 2017 he helped champion the House passage of the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorized and modernized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act through 2023. The bill made several important improvements to Perkins, including aligning CTE programs with local industry needs, improving collaboration among community stakeholders, and promoting apprenticeships all while increasing federal investment in CTE by nine percent over five years. It also encouraged partnerships between business leaders and educators to ensure CTE programs meet local needs, requires states to offer high-quality CTE for all students, integrates employability skills into career pathways, and promotes the development of innovative and evidence-based CTE programs.
This Congress he has co-sponsored of several bills to continue working on CTE programs. H.R.4965, also known as the, Leveraging Effective Apprenticeships to Rebuild National Skills Act would promote effective registered apprenticeships, for skills, credentials, and employment, and for other purposes. It specifically supports a closer alignment between registered apprenticeship programs, employers and other program sponsors offering good jobs. It Increases the attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials by program participants. As well as, creates a national standards for registered apprenticeship programs, and establishes a permanent advisory council at the Department of Labor to oversee the actions and implementation of registered apprenticeship programs.
Langevin is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 3497, also known as, the Jumpstarting Our Businesses by Supporting Students Act. This bill would allow Pell grants to be used for the short term vocational training programs. Currently, Pell grants are only available for four year college degrees. ASA supports this bill and we will have a grassroots campaign to help pass this bill on our website soon.
Congressman Langevin is also pushing for an infrastructure package that would be include a workforce development and training component to ensure that a trained workforce is to start immediately to help update our Nation’s infrastructure. During dinner, the Congressman also announced a new bill he introduced last Friday. This bill, called the Cybersecurity Skills Integration Act, would incorporate a cybersecurity component to the CTE programs. The theory behind this is that workers in critical infrastructure sectors must be ready to help defend their systems. Many of these workers, including those who operate OT systems in transportation, medical, manufacturing, and electrical fields, are trained through career and technical education (CTE) programs. CTE equips students with the technical and academic skills to succeed in high-skill and in-demand industries through both classroom and work-based learning. Investing in high-quality CTE that is based on education and industry collaboration is crucial to building a strong workforce, and for high-stakes critical infrastructure industries, programs must incorporate cybersecurity education.
Cybersecurity education helps students ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and safety of the systems they operate. As more systems become “Internet enabled” or “smart,” cybersecurity education must be fully integrated throughout CTE programs, the same way physical safety practices are embedded. While an electrician is always taught to close and lock the “hazard” door behind her, she may plug in an Ethernet cord and walk away, leaving the entire network vulnerable to a cyber intrusion. This bill would ensure this doesn’t happen.
As you can tell, Congressman Langevin is a champion when it comes to CTE and understanding the skilled workers gap. He is dedicated to passing bills that help train and recruit our Nation’s workforce.
ASA Advocacy is YOUR voice on the Hill and in D.C. Please contact Catherine Treadwell Perry, Director of Government Relations with any legislative or regulatory issues.
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- Deval Patrick, a former two-term governor of Massachusetts with close ties to former President Barack Obama, announced in a video his late entry into the Democratic presidential primary. Patrick faces serious fundraising and operational hurdles to build a campaign in the traditional early states, less than three months before primary voting begins.
- Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) will retire at the end of his term after 28 years in Congress. The open-seat race to replace him could be New York's most competitive contest next year, as King's southern Long Island district has shifted more Democratic in recent years.
- Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, ended his long-shot challenge to Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. In a statement, he said the impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill has distracted from his critique of the president over issues such as fiscal discipline.
- Jon Huntsman, Trump's former ambassador to Russia, announced he will run for governor of Utah next year, a job he was elected to in 2004 and 2008. After speculation that he was considering an independent bid, he will join the growing Republican field that already includes Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Salt Lake County Councilmember Aimee Winder Newton and businessman Jeff Burningham.
- Josh Mahony, the only Democrat who filed to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) next year, withdrew his candidacy, just two hours after the filing period ended in Arkansas. He was the only Democratic candidate who filed to challenge Cotton.
- A federal appeals court in Washington let stand an earlier ruling allowing Congress to seek eight years of Trump's tax returns. Attorneys for Trump asked the Supreme Court to block the subpoena.
- On the day Trump was meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the matter of sanctions on the country is still "under discussion" among senators. Republican senators remain frustrated with the president's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria and the Turkish invasion that followed.
- Rep. Ross Spano (R-Fla.) is facing a criminal investigation by the Justice Department over alleged campaign finance violations, according to the House Ethics Committee. Spano, who was elected to Congress last November, has denied any wrongdoing amid scrutiny over money he loaned his campaign.
- The House Ethics Committee is investigating Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) over allegations of a relationship with one of his congressional staffers. Hastings, who arrived in Congress in 1993, has spoken openly about a relationship with a member of his congressional staff, but was unconcerned by the appearance of impropriety in the relationship, which clashes with new House rules banning such relationships.
- A bill introduced in both the House and Senate would limit interest rates on consumer loans to 36 percent, a rate already locked in place for the military. The bill, which is backed primarily by Democratic lawmakers as well as Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), would effectively ban traditional payday loans, which may include interest rates over 300 percent.
- A bipartisan bill extending a program designed to curb financial damage from potential terrorist attacks is heading to a Senate Banking Committee markup on Wednesday. The quick introduction and markup of the Senate bill, which is similar to the House Financial Services version approved in committee at the end of October, paves the way for the bill to sail through the Senate Banking Committee, several people familiar with the matter said, marking one of the final hurdles for the program's long-term extension.
- Under new rules unveiled by the Trump administration, providers and insurance plans must disclose their negotiated rates, in an effort to help consumers stay informed about their health care costs.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma announced the agency's new proposal to require that states share provider-level information about their supplemental payment and financing agreements under Medicaid.
- Congress is likely to delay $4 billion in Medicaid disproportionate-share cuts for fiscal 2020 during appropriations negotiations, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, without reforming the program this year as some expected.
- The Environmental Protection Agency is readying a proposal to prevent the use of raw data, including confidential medical files, in EPA rulemakings, which could limit new clean air and water regulations that depend on research that uses health data obtained confidentially.
- Twenty-four states filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the EPA over the Trump administration's efforts to end California's ability to set vehicle fuel economy standards stricter than federal requirements.
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- U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register asking for public comments on proposed changes to the Lead and Copper Rule. ASA is working on reviewing the proposed changes to determine if we will be submitting comments. Please contact Catherine Treadwell-Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org) if have any concerns or comments you would like to provide on the proposed changes.
- House and Senate are both in session.
| || NEWS FROM STATE AND LOCAL |
Update on State Bills Being Tracked
New State Activity
- New Jersey (S4177) - Requires public water systems to develop lead service line inventories and replace lead service lines. Bill referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
- New Jersey (S4115) - Requires DOE and DCF to post drinking water lead level test results for school districts and child care centers on their websites. Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, second reading.
- New York (S01947) - Relates to hours, wages and supplements in contracts for public work. Sen. Rachel May (NY-53) is now a sponsor.
- New Jersey A5894 - Establishes sales tax holiday every third weekend of July for certain retail sales of water-efficient products.
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