SECTORS, WIA reform in “Make it in America”.

April 10, 2013

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) recently unveiled his “Make it in America” agenda for the 113th Congress, which includes substantial investments in workforce development. 

The “Make it in America” agenda, a set of bills focused on revitalizing American manufacturing and rebuilding the nation’s middle class, was first put forth in 2011. The agenda focuses on four priority areas: adopting and pursuing a national manufacturing strategy, promoting the export of U.S. goods, encouraging manufacturers to bring jobs and innovation back to the U.S., and training and securing a twenty-first century workforce. 

Importantly, the agenda includes the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act (H.R. 919), introduced by Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (H.R. 798), introduced by Rep. John Tierney (D-MA). Both of these bills focus on increasing the skills of our nation’s workforce and ensuring that employers, including those in the manufacturing sector, have access to the skilled workforce they need in a global economy. The SECTORS Act—which would support partnerships that allow businesses, unions, educators, and the public workforce system to develop and implement plans for addressing immediate skill shortages and developing skilled worker pipelines to support U.S. manufacturing—was previously passed by the House on a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

National Skills Coalition supports the “Make it in America” agenda, and recently wrote to Minority Whip Hoyer applauding his efforts to strengthen America’s economy by encouraging critical investments in our nation’s manufacturing sector.