Legislative Agenda for the 118th Congress

Launched during the 2023 Skills Summit, the Legislative Agenda for the 118th Congress provides skills training policy recommendations that will drive an inclusive economy for workers and businesses.

Written by NSC’s Government Affairs team, this agenda will guide the strategic work of the organization, and our networks, aligned to our four issue campaigns that prioritize the ways that federal and state policymakers can most effectively expand high-quality skills training and drive toward an inclusive economy:

  • Congress should ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to training;
  • Congress should help workers and small businesses engage in industry partnerships; and
  • Congress should support state and local data collection to measure equitable outcomes.

Skills policy alone can’t correct every economic inequity, but investments in inclusive skills policy can begin to address the disproportionate impact of major economic shifts on workers of color, immigrants, and workers with a high school diploma or less; the essential role of small businesses who hire locally and invest in their people; and the moral and economic imperative to dismantle structural racism within workforce education and training.