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house Bill H.R. 4583

Should Federal Job Training Programs for the Energy and Manufacturing Industries be Prioritized?

Argument in favor

The U.S. energy and manufacturing industries will be providing many opportunities for skilled workers in the future, so the federal government should expand its job training offerings in those sectors — especially for underrepresented groups.

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03/03/2016
“It makes a lot more sense to me to be investing in jobs, in job training... than to be building more and more jails and to be locking more and more people up.” [washingtonpost.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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03/03/2016
"To make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills." [whitehouse.gov]
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wpeckham's Opinion
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03/01/2016
The track detractors and supporters make good points about this bill. It should emphasize renewable energy sources for the good of the future of industrial United States and the environment, above traditional energy industry.
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Argument opposed

This bill’s fatal flaw is that it treats all energy sources equally when it comes to providing job training. The future of the energy sector is in renewable energy, and that should be the emphasis of federal workforce development efforts.

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02/29/2016
The Feds need to stay out of private industry. Sounds like a back door idea to bring in foreign workers while increasing federal spending and taxing.
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Sid's Opinion
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04/03/2016
It's not the governments job to teach us how to work.
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A's Opinion
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03/01/2016
The government, and particularly the federal government, should play no role in supporting nor advancing any particular industry or group of industries or professions. Resource allocation across industries and professions are best determined by the supply and demand made available by participants in a free and unconstrained market. Political interference in the free market process will only serve to create inefficient distributions that will benefit a few at the expense of the whole society.
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What is House Bill H.R. 4583?

This bill would direct the Dept. of Energy (DOE) to prioritize education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs to increase the number of skilled workers in those fields.

Included in this effort would be businesses in those industries, educational institutions, state and local workforce development organizations, and other federal agencies. The sectors of the energy and manufacturing industries covered by this bill include energy efficiency, pipelines, utilities, oil and gas, coal, renewable sources, advanced manufacturing, and construction.

The Secretary of Energy would collaborate with schools, energy and manufacturing industries, state agencies, and national laboratories to better understand the regional workforce needs of those industries.

Job training and workforce development opportunities for workers from underrepresented communities including minorities, women, and veterans would be prioritized. The DOE would collaborate with industry and community-based workforce organization to identify students and candidates from these groups to participate in training and apprenticeship programs. It would also seek to promote STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) at all levels of the education system.

The DOE would increase outreach to employers and job trainers who work with unemployed energy and manufacturing workers. It would also preemptively provide assistance to workers employed at facilities scheduled for closure.

Five years after this bill’s enactment, the DOE would report to Congress with a national outlook for the energy and manufacturing industries, which includes a summary of jobs created by this legislation.

No additional funds would be authorized by this legislation, so all required activities must be carried out using existing funds.

Impact

People from underrepresented groups, including minorities, women, and veterans who would benefit from energy and manufacturing job training programs; schools and institutions of higher education; community- and state-based workforce development groups; the energy and manufacturing industries; relevant federal agencies and the DOE.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4583

$0.00
A CBO cost estimate found that enacting this bill would have no significant impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced this bill this bill to expand access to job training in the energy and manufacturing industries, particularly among underrepresented groups:

“Through the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education for minorities, women, and veterans this bill will help tap a reservoir of talented Americans who are hungry for their chance to experience the American Dream. Further, if enacted, this bill would provide an invaluable opportunity to affect real change in the lives of American families throughout the nation, by engaging underrepresented communities in the lucrative sectors of energy and manufacturing-related jobs, careers, and entrepreneurial opportunities and help them climb their way into the Middle Class.”

This legislation was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a voice vote, and it currently enjoys the support of three cosponsors — including one Democratic and two Republican lawmakers.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Saginaw Future Inc.)

Official Title

To promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed February 29th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Higher Education and Workforce Investment
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedFebruary 23rd, 2016

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    “It makes a lot more sense to me to be investing in jobs, in job training... than to be building more and more jails and to be locking more and more people up.” [washingtonpost.com]
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    The Feds need to stay out of private industry. Sounds like a back door idea to bring in foreign workers while increasing federal spending and taxing.
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    "To make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills." [whitehouse.gov]
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    It's not the governments job to teach us how to work.
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    The track detractors and supporters make good points about this bill. It should emphasize renewable energy sources for the good of the future of industrial United States and the environment, above traditional energy industry.
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    The government, and particularly the federal government, should play no role in supporting nor advancing any particular industry or group of industries or professions. Resource allocation across industries and professions are best determined by the supply and demand made available by participants in a free and unconstrained market. Political interference in the free market process will only serve to create inefficient distributions that will benefit a few at the expense of the whole society.
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    Instead of spending that money on a federal program, work with public and private higher education institutions to lower the cost to attend those schools. While that transition may take longer, there can be opportunity provided in the form of grants, scholarships and loans (with low, fixed interest rates, please!) We need a long term solution!
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    If a manufacturer wants to hire people then it's the business of the manufacturing company to do so! Not of congress to give tax breaks to there buddies and make a profit off the backs of the American taxpayers
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    Government is for protecting its people and that is it… Governments gotten too big for its britches… One man one… Etc. etc. etc.
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    This seems like it could be an instance of picking and choosing the industries the government wants to prop up via whatever administration is in power and their political agendas. Why can't government just stay out of things that aren't broken and stick to the powers and influences that were designated to the Government in the first place?
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    Training should not be a government function.
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    I am all for education opportunities provided by the government. A bill in the 90's gave me a tec degree that gave me, a young single mother, the skills to support my family and pay taxes instead of needing government help to get by day by day. The education they gave me has repaid them the dollars they spent many times over. Taking away these opportunities has crippled us as a nation and any bill which puts free education back on the table is a great thing!
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    Energy companies are making money hand over fist. They can pay for the training their employees need and get off government welfare
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    Educating for vocational jobs could bring the primary economy back to our shores. Although other countries may still provide cheap labor, we can insource manufacturing and energy jobs if we invest in a higher skilled workforce.
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    Why should we prioritize jobs that are easy to automate and offshore? Instead, lets invest in our innovative, financial based future and support education with tech/financial focus.
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    FDR did this in a time it was desperately needed in this nation,, we are at that point again.
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    A better idea would be to stop hiring aliens to do American jobs (read: H1b visa's), drop our punitive tax rates and let theses industries train their people based on market forces. Everything the politicians do along these lines create market distortions usually with bad unintended consequences.
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    Where in the constitution is the part about the federal government being responsible for job training? When are you people going to quit spending my damn money?
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    America needs to continue to develop more skills.
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    Experienced leader and reform-minded conservative
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