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Issa Statement On Enhanced Government Role in Apprenticeship Programs

February 5, 2021


Washington DC – Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) voted no on H.R. 447, a bill that would expand Washington’s role in writing our nation’s worker apprenticeship programs.  In response Issa stated:

“In the middle of government induced shutdowns, it is not the time to enhance Washington bureaucracy over job training and creation.  Unfortunately, the bill presented for a vote today will do just that.  Intended to streamline apprenticeship programs, in reality, this bill is 168 pages of new prescriptions, offices, boards, mandates, policies, and requirements that is unlikely to achieve the simplicity and flexibility most employers, industries and prospective students need.

Issa continued, “Apprenticeship programs are essential, yet underutilized, pathways to train workers for skilled jobs in high-demand and well-paying careers.  Congress should go back to the drawing board to remove barriers that will allow reopening businesses large and small to offer meaningful apprenticeships to workers.”