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-- more mainstream republicans have started to see that his lead is not going away, they tried to consolidate report around barletta, though he is very aligned with donald trump, has said their questions about the 2020 and things like that and it remains to be seen if that is going to work. it's a very late in the game attempts. republicans are worried about him that the proceedings had during the recess be presented [captioning performed by thenat, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2022] >> now live coverage of the u.s. house here on c-span. recogniti? ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 1119 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the
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clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 77, house resolution 1119. resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 6531, to provide an increased allocation of funding under certain programs for assistance in areas of persistent poverty, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117-44, modified by the amendment printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on
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oversight and reform or their respective designees, and, two, one motion to recommit. section 2. upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 7309, to reauthorize the workforce innovation and opportunity act. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on education and labor now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117- 43, modified by the amendment printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one,
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one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on education and labor or their respective designees, two, the further amendments described in section 3 of this resolution, three, the amendments en bloc described in section 4 of this resolution, and, four, one motion to recommit. section 3. after debate pursuant to section 2 of this resolution, each further amendment printed in part c of the report of the committee on rules not earlier considered as part of amendments en bloc pursuant to section 4 of this resolution shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before the question is put thereon, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.
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section 4. it shall be in order at any time after debate pursuant to section 2 of this resolution for the chair of the committee on education and labor or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of further amendments printed in part c of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution not earlier disposed of. amendments en bloc offered pursuant to this section shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on education and labor or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. section 5. all points of order against the further amendments printed in part 4 c of the report of the committee on rules or amendments en bloc described in section 4 of this resolution are waived. section 6. upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, s. 2938,
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to designate the united states courthouse and federal building located at 111 north adams street in tallahassee, florida, as the ''joseph woodrow hatchett united states courthouse and federal building'', and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117-45 shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided among and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on oversight and reform or their respective designees and the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on transportation and infrastructure or their respective designees, and, two,
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one motion to commit. section 7. house resolution 1118 is hereby adopted. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized for one hour. ms. scanlon: for the purpose of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from texas, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, yesterday the rules committee 3met and reported a rule house resolution 1119, providing for consideration of three measures. first, h.r. 6531, the targeting resources to communities in need act under a closed rule. the rule self-executes a manager's amendment from chairwoman maloney, provides one hour of debate equally divided
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and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on oversight and reform, and provides one motion to recommit. second, h.r. 7309, the work force innovation and opportunity act under a structured rule. the rule self-executes a manager's amendment from chairman scott, provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on education and labor. makes in order 39 amendments. provides en bloc authority. and provides one motion to recommit. third, senate 2938 to designate the united states courthouse and federal building locate kateed at 111 north adams street in tallahassee florida, as the joseph woodrow hatchet united states chows and federal building under a closed rule. the rule provides one hour of debate equally divided among the chairs and ranking minority members of committee on oversight and reform and transportation and
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infrastructure. and provides one motion to recommit. finally, the rule deems passage of h.res. 1118. mr. speaker, the work force innovation and opportunity act known around here as wiowa. we owe it as a combination of decades of lawmaking by congress for a state managed system of programming for adult training, adult education, and career services, as well as programs to connect employers with job seekers and help with placement, recruitment, and retention. it helps achieve our country's key goals of reducing poverty and driving economic growth by helping working americans get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to successfully participate in today's job market. with the new skills certification or degree, workers can apply for better-paying jobs, earning more for themselves and their families. they have been a successful
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formula for work force development for over 60 years. today's bill will ensure that it can continue serving workers and their families in our changing and dynamic economy. today's bill is an overdue re-authorization. while the bill makes a variety of important technical adjustments to keep the law relevant as our economy changes and einvolves, the bill also includes core programs and services that a demonstrated record of success. the bill's main achievement is raising the funding levels to meet the needs of our work force. since the 1980's, the number of working americans has doubled. but the funding for our work force development programs has fallen by over 60%. even as jobs and our economy have been invented and changed at a dizzying pace. most of the drop in funding happened within the last 20 years as that pace accelerated. the story is the same as that of
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many of our nation's key programs to help working families. 20 years of harmful budget cuts and misguided austerity led by republican presidents and republican majorities in congress have resulted in lacking the proper funding to meet needs of the american work force. and to allow members of that work force to reach their full potential. the funding authorized by this bill will allow the programs to train over one million workers a year. creating real, tangible benefits for workers and employers. put simply, with this boosted funding, workers will be able to get bert jobs and businesses will be able to hire better employees. that's a rare win-win policy achievement that we should all be able to get behind. today's re-authorization bill has an added focus on youth employment opportunities. adult education, and support for formerly incarcerated individuals. the re-authorization bill will re-authorize programs to help
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disadvantaged and disconnected youth and provide them with summer programming, employment, and educational opportunities, as well as youth specific training programs. the bill will provide community colleges with funding and technical assistance to offer employment and training programs for in demand industries. a successful model that we have seen utilized in my community. and the bill will create a department of labor program to specifically help individuals released from prison transition back to the work force. lastly, mr. speaker, i want to highlight three of my amen amendments. as chair of the congressional youth mentoring caucus, one of my priorities is to make sure that youth are able to access job training and meaningful employment opportunities. we know that mentors can have a positive impact on youth in their career exploration and early employment opportunities. my amendments will ensure that the programming better targets youth who are most in need of services and smeskly geared --
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specifically geared to ensure positive outcomes for young people. the amendmentses will make summer and year-round employment opportunities accessible to more young people. and finally, the amendments will make sure that employers, programs, and staff that mentor youth will have the tools required to provide the support and skill development needed to help young people succeed in their chosen careers. all in all the work force innovation and opportunity act will address -- both recent and long-term challenges in the labor market. right now our economy has a shortage of approximately four million skilled workers. and that shortage is expected to continue to grow. re-authorizing this bill is a key to this problem. so i encourage all my colleagues to help american workers and pass this bill. mr. speaker, sadly this bill also includes three suspension bills that failed on the floor after our republican colleagues obstructed the business of the house of representatives. included in today's rule is the targeting resources to
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communities in need act, and two naming bills which were all blocked by house republicans with no other purpose than to obstruct the work of congress on behalf of the american people. passing bills on suspension is one way in which congress tries to streamline its work in order to devote more time to the most pressing issues of the day. suspension bills are bipartisan bills narrowly tailored to the problems they address. to get on the suspension calendar and to be considered with an expedited process, a bill must have demonstrated strong bipartisan support. by the time the suspension bill gets called up on the house floor, majorities of both republicans and democrats have to be willing to back the bill. however, some of our colleagues across the aisle have compromised the suspension system solely to waste the time of the american people. and for political theater. one of the bills we must reconsider now is the targeting resources to communities in need act which would use proven strategies to improve the direction of federal funds to
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areas of persistent poverty. this bill will greatly improve the effectiveness of many of our safety net housing, hunger, and job training programs. the bill is bipartisan, bicameral, and will benefit low-income americans in both rural and urban communities. yet house republicans tanked the bill. . joseph hatchet was a pioneering black lawyer and judge from the state of florida, born into the jim crow south, judge hatchett set many important firsts as a black judge, ultimately becoming first black man to serve on the florida supreme court. the judge was a committed public servant for the state of florida, a fact recognized by both of florida's republican senators and all 27 of the state's representatives who co-sponsored the resolution to name a florida courthouse after judge hatchett.
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and yet house republicans tanked this bill too, including 10 florida republicans who had previously supported the measure. what purpose does this stunt serve? what constituent base wants you to do this? it's nonsense. and a waste of everyone's time. if a member doesn't like a bill, that's fine. that's how it place works. but we need to work together in good faith for the american people. it's a bad faith move to torpedo bipartisan suspension bills at the last minute. it's bad for congress and it's bad for the country. this congress has seen a worrying increase in this kind of parliamentary nonsense from a small but vocal sect of the republican party. while it's a small group of members who initiate this nonsense, the whole party has been happy to go along with it. with these three suspension bills, the minority leader continues his long and troubling streak of being unable or unwilling to control the behaviors of the members of his party. it's not a good path for our country. we've been trending down this road for a while and january 6
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was the painful result of this type of behavior. we should not be here to fight each other. we should be here to help the american people. some of our colleagues seem to have lost sight of that mission and the whole country is paying the price. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady from pennsylvania for yielding the customary 30 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume. today's rule provides for consideration of three bills. h.r. 7809, the work force innovation and opportunity act. h.r. 6531, the targeting resources to communities in need act. and s. 2938, to name a post office after joseph woodrow hatchett. the latter two bills failed on suspension last week and so now
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must be considered under a rule. we were also expecting to consider h.r. 7688, the consumer fuel price gouging amendment act. but after hour and hour and hour of debate in the rules committee, debating this bill, the democrats had to pull it for lack of support within their own party. perhaps they realized that in fact there is no evidence of price gouging. in fact, this point was made by the secretary of energy in a recent energy and commerce committee hearing where she said, quoting here, i'm not sure anyone is saying there is wholesale gouging, closed quote. you know what. we could focus instead on increasing domestic production rather than blaming an industry, an industry that's already been suffering supply and demand difficulties that are
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significantly influenced by global factors and government regulation. the work force innovation opportunity act re-authorizes programs from a 2014 bill of the same name, but makes no needed reforms to work force development programs. instead it increases government control, it does add onerous requirements to program administration, and decreases flexibility and the ability to actually achieve results. one of the -- what are the results we want? pulling people out of poverty and enhancing the labor market. first, the bill authorizes $78 billion over six years. it does this without making work force development programs more efficient, without making them tailored to the actual job market, and this funding will further exacerbate what is now becoming increasingly evident as an inflationary crisis.
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the bill expands the size of state and local work force boards, making room for organized labor. it also introduces federal definitions of job quality, a determination that actually should be made by employers. how is a federal agency in washington, d.c., best equipped to determine the job quality for someone in crumb, texas, a town of around 4,000 people back in my district in north texas? this bill also requires burdensome equity reports. if our goal is to pull people out of poverty, and to get them into the work force, then every eligible person should have the opportunity to access these programs and not just a certain few who meet certain criteria. finally, this bill maintains the current job core system without
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adapting to the needs of eligible youth and continues the inflexibility of the current apprenticeship system. i have been concerned that many young people do not always recognize their best path to prosperity. for example, many students are conditioned to believe that they can only get a good job by attending a four-year university. meanwhile, a licensed plummer or an electrician or a welder can often make more than someone with a university degree. apprenticeships have been a good way for someone to learn these special trades. however, the program structure is left over from the time of the depression in the 1930's and needs to be updated to meet today's vastly different work environments. another concern is the amount of student loan debt burdening our labor force. flexible training or certificate programs could lead to less debt
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by giving job seekers alternatives to the traditional four-year university path. additionally, we could be looking at ways to encourage the private sector, private employers, to provide student loan repayment programs for their employees, perhaps through a tax credit or other incentive. the federal government has a student loan repayment program and it is a significant incentive for many young people to join public service. the republican substitute amendment would have added flexibility into many programs and reformed work force development systems to ensure that employees' skill development is aligned with employer needs. a huge factor in successful programming is knowing the programs are actually meeting the actual needs. the republican substitute amendment would have ensured that states and localities could
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use funding to survey employers to understands the most in-demand skills. mr. speaker, in the post-covid world, employers and employees have adapted to different styles of training and work force environments. the republican substitute amendment encourages work force boards to provide services virtually to meet the changing needs of today's work force. we could be inserting additional flexibility into these programs rather than simply maintaining the status quo, a status quo that was developed many, many decades ago. unfortunately the republican amendment was defeated during the education and labor committee markup and likely will be defeated when it's considered on the house floor. continued partisanship is not the path forward when it comes to equipping our work force for the modern labor market. so for that i urge opposition to the rule and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves.
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the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the distinguished chairman of the committee on rules, the gentleman from massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: thank you very much. mr. speaker, the bills included in this rule are beneficial measures that will improve the lives of many americans. but i want to take a moment to highlight two provisions that i'm glad to see here. first is a resolution i introduced with my colleague on the rules committee, dr. burgess, to urge schools to improve nutrition training for america's medical professionals. for far too long our country has overlooked and undervalued the essential role diet and nutrition play in our health. how do we know? look at the data. u.s. medical schools devote an average of 19 hours to nutrition education over four years, with little of that related to diet and common health conditions. you heard that right. 19 hours on nutrition.
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over four years. all the while more than 40% of american adults have been obese and one in 10 suffer from diabetes. both are chronic health problems directly related to nutrition that cost medicare and medicaid millions and millions and millions of dollars to treat. we cannot continue to ignore the correlation between diet and health. it is time to make sure that our medical providers are equipped with the best knowledge and tools to help their patients. i want to thank dr. burgess for his partnership on this important bipartisan effort. nutrition, food access and health are not only directly connected to each other, they are directly connected to our progress as a nation. it is time we treat them as such. second, i want to briefly touch on the amendment i'm offering to the work force innovation and opportunity act of 2022. massachusetts arts and cultural
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group first brought the idea behind this amendment to my attention. and i want to thank them for all that they do in support of the creative industry. my amendment will help ensure workers with creative skill sets are better integrated into the work force. we need people with creative skill sets to make art and write plays, but we also need them on construction sites and web design teams. people with creative skill sets belong everywhere work is being done. and that's what my amendment is about. creative workers have been some of the hardest hit over the course of the covid-19 pandemic. and as we continue to make our way out of the pandemic, we have to support them in innovative and imaginative ways. yet too often our narrow vision of what creative workers can or should do doesn't fit the needs or demands of today's work force. and this amendment is about supporting them so they're
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better integrated into the work force. not only will this study help assess how we can continue to help creative workers get on their feet, but it will help illuminate how we can continue to meet the labor needs of the most in demand industries. i thank the gentlelady from pennsylvania for yielding and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question, republicans will amend the rule to consider h.r. 6858, the american energy independence from russia act, introduced by ranking members mcmorris rodgers and westerman. in the past two months, democrats have denied consideration of this essential bill five times. choosing instead to continue their assault on domestic energy
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production through drilling and export restrictions and massive tax increases on producers. republicans remain committed to america's energy independence by approving the keystone x.l. pipeline, by removing restrictions on the united states' liquefied natural gas exports, by restarting oil and gas leasing, and protecting inner and mineral development. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment into the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burgess: now here to explain the amendment, one of the most lose i had speakers that -- lucid speakers we have on this subject. i yield five minutes to representative graves of louisiana. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. graves: mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman from texas for the recognition and the yielding of time today.
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mr. speaker, i spent, like you, much time in louisiana visiting with small businesses and visiting with people that are just trying to make ends meet. it was national small business week a few weeks ago and visiting businesses i heard over and over and over again the pervasive impact, the incredible impact of highway gasoline, of high energy priceless. stefani towns in chicago said, i have kids, i have to get them to school every day. the gas prices are just so high, i can't make it. mr. speaker, we've had people talk about the inability to visit and take care of grandchildren, the inability to fuel their cars, to go to work. the inability to even buy groceries because of the profound cost that we've seen related to energy, related to gasoline. but this shouldn't have been a surprise to anybody. during the campaign president biden said, we're going to phase out fossil fuels. i guarantee you we're going to end fossil fuels and the secretary of the interior, the
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cabinet official responsible for producing american energy said, i'm wholeheartedly against fracking and drilling on public lands. incredible, incredible statements. i'll say it again. none of this should be a surprise to anybody. thanks post put up on january 27 of last year. 1:15. .
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it doesn't make sense. prices have only gone up. big foot and the lock ness monster will be the next responsible entities for higher energy prices. don't take my word for it. blackstone c.e.o. said we're
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going to end up with a real shortage of energy, what happens when you have a shortage of supply? prices go up. when off shortage social security it's going to cost more, it's going to cost a lot more. exactly what we've seen. the blackstone c.e.o. says if you try to raise money to drill holes it's almost impossible to get that mop. they've prevented access. so here are the real reasons this administration came out and in the first day issued an executive order saying they're going to ban new oil and gas production in the united states. we've nearly tripled under this administration, under the biden administration, nearly tripled dependence on russian oil. they've impose through the this house of representatives, passed the bill up to $10,000, a mile a year, pipeline fee. they've increased royalty rates through this house of representatives by up to 50% and the administration unilaterally announced the same thing. mr. speaker, what happens when you impose higher costs. do you think the money just invents itself? no. they pass it on to condition -- on to consumers and boy have
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they nailed it. they've nailed it. let me quote a former treasury official for the biden administration. lower gasoline prices undercuts the administration's climate change goals where really to care about fossil fuel consumption. we don't want lower prices for fossil fuel buyers, we prefer higher prices. the problem is the impact to the average american. we can't afford this. it is undermining ourable like i said grandchildren, groceries, energy bills, we can't even afford to live our lives. mr. speaker, as noted by mr. burgess, there's a solution. the american energy infence from russia act. if we defeat the previous question, we're going to be table bring up this legislation that unlocks american energy, allows us to produce energy, i don't know what these people have against americans. why are we carry ought policies that benefit russia, iran, venezuela, saudi arabia? you know who i care about?
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i care about domestic energy producers, i care about american workers. why can't we meat our own energy demands just as this bill does. congressman westerman and congresswoman kathy mcmor rhys rodgers -- have legislation that unlocks american energy. allows liquefied natural gas terminals to be permitted, reduces the regulatory burden. it ensures the keystone pipeline can be built. not the policies democrats are advocating for we where in the united states senate, senate democrats said they want to urge saudi arabia to use their swing compass toy increase world oil supplies or the current run up of world oil prices is effectively a tax on american energy families discretionary budget except mungos to the opec cartel. on this one, mr. speaker, i fully agree. i urge we defeat the previous question, we unlock america's energy resources and we lower
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energy prices for all americans. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania -- the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to redirect the focus to the underlying bill that we're considering with this rule and that's the work force innovation and opportunity act. you know, the purpose of that bill is to unleash the full power of our investments in infrastructure, clean energy and the care economy. it's essential that we have a skilled work force to power those industries forward. now we've seen what can happen when we make those kieppedz of investments. we've seen them in my district as we've invested in training our young people through our technical institutes, through our community colleges, with our employers and with our apprenticeship programs and we're seeing the freuts of that labor as it will as we see people prepared to get the good jobs we're bringing to our
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region so the continued investment in the work force and innovation and opportunity act is really critical, critical for my part of the country, critical for every district across this country. so i'd seek unanimous consent to introduce into the record the state ovment administration policy in which the administration urges the house to pass the wioa act of 2022. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. scanlon: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: at this time i'm pleased to yield 3 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, one of the most thoughtful leaders in the house republican caucus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i rise also to oppose the previous question on the rule so we can immediately consider h.r. 6858, to reverse the democratic policies that have deliberately created the highest gasoline prices ever suffered in this country. i remember the 1970's when
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america was dependent on foreign oil. opec cut back production and the government tried to hide the price hikes by fiat just as the democrats now propose. the result was mile-long lines at gas stations, odd and even rationing days and an economic recession. under the republican policies of donald trump, america achieved something that seemed impossible in those days. american energy independence. under republican policies we were producing more oil than saudi arabia. we were producing more oil than russia. the average price of gas was a little over $2 a gallon. now this time opec didn't cut back on foreign production, the democrats cut back on american production. they canceled the keystone pipeline that today should have been pumping 830,000 barrels of oil every day. into the american economy.
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they suspended oil and gas leetsing on federal lands. just last week they withdrew drilling leases covering a million acres in oil-rich alaska and the gulf of mexico. the left has said for years they wanted to raise gas prices to get people out of their cars and to end american fossil fuel production. good job, democrats. mission accomplished. the price of a gallon of gas hit an all-time record this morning of $4.52 a gallon. in the people's republic of california, it's now $6.02 a glisten. something to look forward to, welcome to the world of scarcity, the world of democratic socialism. the fact is our energy crisis is self-induced and it won't change until the se lots directly responsible for it are turned out of office. for example, watch the vote on the previous question on this rule. if it fails, republicans will
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immediately bring to the floor a measured re-- a measure to reverse these disastrous policies. h.r. 6858 will green light the keystone pipeline. it will fast track leasing and permits to restore american production and independence. it will fast track l.n.g. facilities stalled under this administration. in short it will restore the republican policies that produce the affordable and plentiful gasoline that we took for granted just a few short years ago. but the sad fact is, we don't have the votes to bring this measure to the floor, although we'll try. and that is up to the american people to change. if you want to know who the real price gougers are, they are the democrat majority sitting on the other side of this aisle. if you voted for them, this is exactly what you voted for. if you're surprised by that, you weren't paying much attention. good news is, you can correct that mistake this november. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from
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pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, we all know americans are feeling pain at the gas pump but big oil companies -- big oil companies are raking in billions upon billions of dollars. they had record breaking quarters about which they bragged to shareholders during 2021 with the top 25 companies making more than $205 billion in profits last year. as the war in ukraine rages on this is a time when we can all make choices. choices that reflect our moll fiber. instead of choosing to do the right thing, oil and gas companies are choosing to take advantage of american consumers. mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to insert into the record a may 7, 2022, "usa today" article entitled "oil giants reap record profits as war rages in ukraine, energy prices soared, here's how much they made." thank you and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'm pleased to recognize my colleague on the energy and commerce committee, a valuable member of the republican conference, mr. carter of georgia for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise to oppose the previous question so that we can immediately consider h.r. 6858 to begin unleashing america's energy dominance. from day one, from minute one, of the biden administration, the war on energy independence began. we all woke up this morning to see gas at $4.52 a gallon. the highest sticker price of -- i've ever seen in my lifetime. the day president biden took office, gas was a mere $2.38 a gallon. policies have consequences. and we are feeling the consequences of the biden administration of their decision to cancel the keystone x.l.
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pipeline, restrict drilling on federal lands and increase our reliance on foreign dictators for oil and gas. yet somehow, this administration has learned nothing from the failures of their first year in office. last week, president biden again canceled offshore oil and lease sales in the gulf coast and alaska. this was a mere two days after he addressed the nation and blamed everyone but himself for his inflation crisis. the only thing lower than biden's approval rating is the purchasing power of the american dollar. washington democrats have the house. they have the senate. they have the white house. no matter how much the president deflects responsibility for our inflation crisis, it's squarely -- it squarely falls on his shoulders. by bringing up h.r. 6858 for consideration, republicans are offering democrats the chance to correct the past 16 months of america last energy policies. mr. speaker, we must end our
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assault on energy sector. unlike the democrat socialist price fixing act, this bill gets at the heart of our energy crisis and takes steps to resolve it. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized -- the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: is the gentleman ready to close? mr. burgess: i have an additional speaker. ms. scanlon: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from florida, mr. gimenez, mayor gimenez, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. gimenez: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in opposition to the previous question so we can immediately consider h.r. 65 -- 68 a 8, the american energy independence from russia act. this administration's insistence on destroying our energy independence has worsened the financial strain on american
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families. those who have already been burdened by crushing inflation under the biden administration and weakened our national security posture by making us more reliant on foreign sources of energy. thanks to the incompetence of the present administration, americans are left poorer, weaker and with a bleaker outlook toward their future. mr. speaker, it's pretty clear how we got to this point. the biden administration's efforts to weaken our nation's energy security began on the very first day in office when the president canceled the keystone x.l. pipeline. since then, the administration has taken further action to discourage domestic oil production by halting leases for drilling on federal lands, the latest of which came just last week when the biden administration canceled another round of contracts in alaska. these policies have forced our president to tap into the stray teenlic petroleum reserve, to keep gas prices from rising even
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more, but it's really not working. at a time when russia is fueling this barbaric violence on the ukrainian people through its gas exports, holding countries around the world hostage due to their reliance on russian oil, we need to ensure the united states not only end permanently all oil imports from russia but that the united states has a sustained domestic supply to supplant russia as a leading net exporter of -- net exporter of oil. america and the world is safer when it's our country in charge of our own destiny. passing the american energy independence from russia act will also have a tremendous economic impact right here at home. uel costs continue to skyrocket, and hurt the pockets of the american people, instead of taking the commonsense app approach put fod by this legislation, the president and his allies in this house sent diplomats to negotiate with tyrants and dictators, sworn enemies of
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america, such as iran and venezuela. seeking deals to import their oil to the united states. venezuela in particular, which sits on the world's largest known oil reserves, cannot even keep its own people fed or electricity running due to the malice of its socialist and russian allied leadership. and just today we learned that the biden administration is looking to ease the sanctions on venezuela in exchange for promises that the regime will enter into dialogue with its opposition. unbelievable. let's end this nonsense and put the american independence from russia act. it's time the elected officials in this body, the ones elected to represent the american people, stop doing the bidding of our adversaries and promote domestic production of oil. i urge my colleagues to move this extraordinarily important measure forward for our families and for our country's sake. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. burgess: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas is recognized to close. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. i'll yield myself the balance of our time. and i certainly want to thank my colleagues who have come to the floor and spoken in favor of defeating the previous question in order to consider h.r. 6858, the american energy independence from russia act. we've seen the damage that one party rule has done in this town over the last 18 months. and unfortunately the victims of that damage are the american people. so here today in this body there's a chance to vote against the previous question and bring up this important amendment to begin to get some relief for the american people. in addition, the work force innovation and opportunity act, which is also the subject of this rule, back in 2014 this was enacted on a bipartisan basis.
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but once again, one-party democratic rule could not be satisfied with that and our colleagues have blocked republican efforts to try to improve the 2022 version of this bill and find any sort of compromise. our work force development programs need to be modernized. and modern ietzed accurately. our work force -- modernized accurately. our work force -- in order to match the changing labor market. but this bill lax the necessary reforms and instead adds burdensome requirements and centralized governance to these many programs. that's not the way to prepare employers and potential employees to thrive in a post-pandemic world. again, we have an opportunity to defeat the previous question and consider rationalizing our energy markets. and i do urge a no vote on the previous question, a no vote on the rule, no on the underlying measures, and i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, today's rule should be an easy one for this congress to pass, particularly if there were two parties here interested in solving problems rather than just pointing blame. it's clear that we need to re-authorize the work force innovation and opportunity act. wioa is an investment in ourselves, it's an investment in the american worker and the american economy. wioa creates and propels economic opportunity, particularly for our youth. passing the re-authorization bill will help millions of americans get better jobs to support themselves and their families. it will make it easier for workers to get the skills and training needed to compete in the modern job market. and it will maintain our country's competitiveness in the global economy. so, mr. speaker, i urge all of my colleagues to vote for the rule today and to support the underlying legislation.
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i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. and calls for the question. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. burgess: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: on that i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20rbg the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time of any electronic vote on the question, adoption of the resolution. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. van duyne: as the member designated by mr. van taylor and mr. pat fallon of the amazing state of texas, i inform the house that both mr. fallon and mr. taylor will vote nay on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. spanberger of virginia, mr. suozzi of new york, and mr. evans of pennsylvania, i inform the house that these three members will vote yes on ordering the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mrs. bice of oklahoma, i inform the house that mrs. bice will vote nay on the previous question. thank you, mr. speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does -- for what purpose does the gentlewoman from delaware seek recognition?
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>> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. schrader of oregon, i inform the house that mr. schrader will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. brooks of alabama, i inform the house that they will vote no. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> good afternoon, mr. speaker.
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as the member designated by the honorable mr. james langevin of rhode island and pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. langevin will vote yes on the motion to move the previous question. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. troy nehls of
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texas 22, i inform the house that mr. nehls will be voting nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman johnson and chairman scott, i inform the house that these members will vote yea on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. brownley, i inform the house that she will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mrs. walorski of indiana, i inform the house that mrs. walorski will vote nay on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: as the member designated by ms. jackson lee of texas, known as the live music capital of the world because it has more music venues per capita than anywhere else in the united states, i inform the house that ms. jackson lee will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. paul gosar, i
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inform the house that mr. gosar will vote nay on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. raul ruiz, i inform the house that mr. ruiz will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by representative adams of north carolina and representative butterfield of north carolina, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. cardenas, i inform the house that mr. cardenas will vote yea on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, as the member designated by representatives jayapal, bass and ocasio-cortez, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. garcia: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. cuellar, castro and mr. bowman, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. desaulnier of california, i inform the house that
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mr. desaulnier will vote yes on ordering the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. neguse: as the member designated by mr. boyle, mr. delgado, ms. wilson and ms. lee, i inform the house that these members will vote yea on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? mr. thompson: as the member designated by mr. bishop of georgia, i inform the house that mr. bishop will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. owens: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. stewart of utah, i inform the house that mr. stewart will vote nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. van drew of new jersey, i inform the house that mr. van drew will vote nay on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. wasserman schultz: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mrs. maloney of new york, i inform the house that mrs. maloney will vote yea on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. sires, mr. lamb, mrs. kirkpatrick, mr. payne, ms. craig and mr. higgins, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from iowa seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by representative spartz of indiana, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that representative spartz will
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vote no on the previous question. as the member designated by representative dunn of florida, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that representative dunn will vote no on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nebraska seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. fitzpatrick from pennsylvania, i inform the house that mr. fitzpatrick will vote no on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. mchenry of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. mchenry will vote no on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek
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recognition? ms. wexton: as the member designated by mr. allred, ms. bourdeaux, mr. mceachin, msi inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. stauber of minnesota, i inform the house that mr. stauber will vote nay on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. meijer from michigan, i inform the house that mr. meijer will vote no on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. timmons: as the member designated by mr. wilson of south carolina, i inform the house that mr. wilson will vote nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. bilirakis of florida, i inform the house that mr. bilirakis will vote nay on the previous question. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 221. the nays are 195. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker, i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house
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resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from delaware seek recognition? ms. blunt rochester: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. schrader, i inform the house that mr. schrader will vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? mr. timmons: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. wilson, i inform the house that mr. timmons will vote aye on the rule. mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. jackson lee, large of the public rose garden in tyler, texas, i inform the house that ms. jackson lee will vote yes on h.res. 1999. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from iowa seek
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recognition? mrs. miller-meeks: thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. representative spartz -- by representative spartz and dunn, i inform the house that they will vote no on h.res. 1999. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey rise? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. sooirs, ms. -- mr. sires, mr. payne, ms. craig, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 1119. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? mr. b >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. troy nehls, i inform the house that mr. nehls will be voting no on the rule.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? ms. wexton: as the member designated by mr. y'all red -- allred, ms. bourdeaux, mr. mceachin, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 1119. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? mr. lucas: madam speaker, as the member designated by mrs. bice, i inform the house that mrs. bice will vote no on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. lynch: thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by the honorable mr. james langevin, i inform the house that ms. langevin will vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. owens: thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. stewart of utah, i inform the house that mr. stewart will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek
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recognition? ms. garcia: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. cuellar and castro of texas and mr. bowman of new york, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on house res. 119. thank you -- 1119. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nebraska seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. fitzpatrick, i inform the house that mr. fitzpatrick will vote no on the rule. ms. wasserman schultz: madam speaker, as the member designated by mrs. maloney of new york, i inform the house that mrs. maloney will vote yea on h.r. -- h.res. 1119. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mrs. walorski of indiana, i inform the house that mrs. walorski will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? mr. thompson: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bishop of georgia, i inform the house that the member will vote yes on h.r. 1119. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from indiana seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. mchenry of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. mchenry will vote no on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. soto: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. cardenas, i inform the house that mr. cardenas will vote yea on h.res. 1119. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. van taylor and mr. pat fallon of the great state of texas, i inform the house that mr. taylor and mr. fallon will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by congresswoman adams of north carolina and mr. butterfield of north carolina, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. gohmert: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. gosar from the great state of arizona, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house
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that mr. gosar will vote nay. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. neguse: madam speaker, with great respect for the gentlewoman from connecticut -- delaware -- as the member designated by ms. wilson, mr. delgado, mrs. lee and mr. boil will vote yes -- mr. boyle will vote yes on h.res. 1119. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. fleischmann: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bilirakis of florida, i inform the house that mr. bilirakis will vote nay on the rule. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: madam speaker, as the member designated by representatives karen bass, pramila jayapal and alexandria ocasio-cortez, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h. resolution 1119. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek
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recognition? ms. tenney: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. van drew of new jersey, i inform the house that mr. van drew will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. correa: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. raul ruiz, i inform the house that mr. ruiz will vote yes on h.res. 1119. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. bergman: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. stauber of minnesota, i inform the house that m mr. stauber will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairman eddie bernice johnson and chairman scott, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 1119. >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. cawthorn of north carolina and mr. brooks of alabama, i inform the house that those members will vote no.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. meijer from the state of michigan, i inform the house that mr. meijer will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. brownley, i inform the house that she will vote yes on h.res. 1119. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. desaulnier, mr. evans, ms. span berger, mr. -- ms. spanberger, mr. suozzi, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 1119.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 220. the nays are 199. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? mr. cole: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that i may hearafter be considered as the first co-sponsor of h.r. 2271, a bill originally introduced by representative young of alaska for the purposes of adding co-sponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule 12. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cole: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. scott: madam speaker, pursuant to house resolution 1
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1119, i call up the bill h.r. 7309, legislation to re-authorize the work force information and opportunity act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 240. h.r. 7309, a bill to re-authorize the work force innovation and opportunity act. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 1119, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on education and labor, printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117-43, modified by the amendment printed in part b of house report 117-325 is adopted and the bill as amended is considered as read. the bill as amended shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on education and labor, or their respective designees.
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the gentleman from virginia, mrn from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 30 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 7309, the work force innovation and opportunity act of 2022. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. the work force innovation an opportunity act, or wioa, is the backbone of our nation's work force development system. each year wioa programs help working people across the country get the skills they need to find better paying careers and help employers access the dedicated and skilled work force. unfortunately, the -- our investment and work force
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development has fallen significantly over time. while the u.s. labor force has grown, approximately 50% over the last four queaks, federal investment when adjusted for inflation, federal investment in work force development has fallen by 2/3. this underinvestment hurts workers, businesses, and hurts our econom's exeft edge. economy's competitive edge. other developed countries spend between one half of one percent to one full percent of the gross domestic product on work force development. we spend only .1%. the work force innovation act of 2022 addresses this investment so we can finally meet the needs of workers and businesses. fill job openings with qualified workers. reduce supply chain shortages, and lower costs to families. by investing approximately $80 billion over the next six years,
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this legislation would more than double the number of people receiving training services in the fiscal year 2023, and allow us to train one million workers per year by 2028. the legislation modernizes wioa to help expand work opportunities for disconnected youth, makes critical reforms to improve job corps. expands sector-based training so we can train for entire sectors such as electric cars or trucking and nursing. it strengthens community col colleges capacity to help workers succeed in in-demand industries, and helps justice involved individuals re-enter the labor force and obtain sustainable career paths. madam speaker, if we want to keep our global competitive edge, if we want to lower costs, if we want to accelerate our economic recovery, then we must pass the work force innovation and opportunity act of 2022. legislation is a product of
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largely bipartisan, year-long effort, including a bipartisan round table, and three bipartisan hearings in our committee. while many of my counterparts across the aisle have now voiced opposition to the size of the investment in the bill, i remain hopeful that my colleagues will join me in voting to stand with america's workers. i want to thank the chair of the hire education work force investment subcommittee, ms. wilson, for her work on this critical priority and i urge support of the legislation. madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. republicans are committed to preparing america's work force for the 21st century. this re-authorization of the work forrest innovation and opportunity act, wioa, will not help our country live up to its
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potential. in fact, this re-authorization moves our work force development system in the wrong direction. our labor market is not facing a lack of job openings or a lack of workers, currently there are 11.3 million opened jobs. unfortunately there are too few americans with the skills needed to fill them effectively. that is why we need a robust work force development system that will prepare workers for in-demand skills. during the education and labor committee markup of h.r. 7309, republicans offered an amendment that would empower employers to respond to local economic needs. stream line the work force development system by increasing local collaboration and putting program qualification decisions at the state and local level. strengthen out comes accountability by adding evidence-based practice, maintaining common performance based metrics, funding programs
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with a track record of success, and improving transparency measures. and reduce bureaucracy by requiring the department of labor to address regulatory bottle next. bottlenecks. democrats blocked all those commonsense proposals. . that focus on in-demand skills. instead of embracing innovative models, democrats rely on an 85-year-old federal apprenticeship model from the great depression. this model has not been working and throwing more money at it won't change that. our nation's job our nation's job creators are in a far better position to help the workforce development programs. but this bill puts washington in the driver's seat. instead of putting workers
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first, it makes labor unions the priority. for example, provisions in this bill increase the size of state and local governing boards and dilute employer input to increase the power of labor unions. too often, labor unions have the interest of their union bosses in mind instead of the interest of workers. giving big labor an outsized role on these boards will render these programs less responsive to industry needs. h.r. 7309 also promotes progressive gender ideology and critical race theory by requiring states to develop and publish state equity reports regarding performance outcomes on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. leave it to the left to destroy equality in pursuit of equity, a word one author aptly described
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as, quote, dispenseing unequal treatment in order to achieve equal outcomes. taking the focus of our job programs off upskilling workers and putting it into a woke agenda will do a disservice to all our job seekers. this legislation also increases cumbersome administrative hurdles for employers. if we want employers to participate in these programs, we need a system that has fewer barriers and is easier to navigate. this process should be streamlined instead of making it more complex. and instead of making this program more efficient, provisions in this re-authorization will end up costing taxpayers more. h.r. 7309 will require job corps contractors to comply with onerous local prevailing wages requirements. this will significantly increase
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the cost of all job corps projects without improving the program's effectiveness. on top of that, the bill weakens expectations for job corps success. job corps is a program that's been fraught with negative issues for decades. this is a program in which 30 different government reports and audits have raised concerns over its safety and security. people have literally been killed in this program, and the left wants to make it less accountable. other provisions in the bill water down performance metrics, reducing the ability of congress to measure the success of workforce development programs. more accountability and measurable outcomes are clearly necessary. according to a 2018 investigation by the "tampa bay times", some local workforce boards had significantly misreported their outcomes and took credit for finding thousands of jobs for people who
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never even participated in the program. other data demonstrates these programs are not always effective, even when being operated honestly. less than one quarter of young enrollees and barely 1/3 of adults exited with occupations related to the workforce development program in which they were enrolled. clearly something isn't working. let me repeat. fewer than 25% of young enrollees and only 30% of adults came out of the programs into jobs related to the workforce development program in which they were enrolled. if we hope to enhance our nation's economic competitiveness and upskill workers to in-demand jobs, we must create a workforce development system that actually works. this bill utterly fails to do
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that. the american people deserve so much better, madam speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from oregon, the chair of the subcommittee on civil rights and human services, ms. bonamici. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. bonamici: thank you, madam speaker. and thank you, chairman scott, for yielding and for your leadership. i rise in strong support of the workforce innovation and opportunity act of 2022. this important legislation improves the existing statute in several critical ways. first, this legislation formally establishes sector partnerships. i've seen this and one persuasive example in northwest oregon is the oregon manufacturing innovation center. they develop and apply -- which develops and applies advanced metals manufacturing technologies in their r&d center while educating an advanced
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manufacturing workforce in their training center run by portland community college. it's an outstanding sector how sector partnerships between industry, higher education and government can create new outcomes, prepare workers and fuel local economies. second, this legislation will improve access to supportive services like access to tools, work attire, transportation, childcare, and mentorship, which are crucial to helping workers stay in their training and in the workforce and to thrive. third, this legislation will define and formally authorize funding for preapprenticeship programs. in oregon, we have tremendous programs, such as oregon trades women, that prepare women in the trades with preapprenticeships. despite the success of this program and others, funding has been extremely low. this legislation will help expand these life-changing programs and set participants up for success in apprenticeships and beyond. these are life changing.
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importantly, this legislation will make job corps more inclusive by requiring job corps center operators to implement a tiered disciplinary system instead of adhering to a zero tolerance drug policy. it would expand the definition of individuals with barriers to employment to include historically disadvantaged communities. these changes will modernize job corps in important ways, and it will better meet the needs of all communities. i urge my colleagues to support this workforce innovation opportunity act re-authorization to help close the skills gap and to address the needs of working americans. i again thank chairman scott for his leadership in bringing this important bill to the floor, and i yield any remaining time back to chairman scott. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from virginia reserves. and the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield four minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman. mr. grothman: i'd like to make some comments on the wioa
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re-authorization bill. it's one of the big bills. it's 268 pages. i don't have time to go through all the problems with the bill, but i am just going to touch on some highlights or lowlights. in this area of high inflation, of course, a bill like this, the first thing i'd like to look at is the cost. the cost of this bill right now we're spending about $9.9 billion on this topic over the next six years, they expect it to increase to $16.2 billion. you're looking at a 63% increase in spending in this area at a time when we don't have money to increase anything. i want the american public to understand, big spending increase here. secondly, i'd like to talk about a very important population to me, though a population that's not talked about enough, and that is the fact that we are continuing to allow a provision in law, which i think is damaging to people born with different abilities. right now they're not able to work at work centers, which is one of these places, sometimes
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plays under minimum wage, until they are at least 24 years old. we would never tell anybody of other abilities that you're not allowed to work until you're age 24. but by making it, i won't say impossible, but very difficult to work at a work center until age 24, i think you stunt these people's -- the people's growth, and i was really hoping we would use this opportunity to allow people with different abilities to begin to work at 18 or 19 years old. anybody who tours these work centers cannot help but be touched by how proud these folks are to work there. and i wish they could work there at age 18 instead of 24. the next thing i'll point out is a clear feature of this bill is to dramatically expand job corps. in other words, government jobs that are a steppingstone, i guess, if you can't find another job. there has never been a time i think in american history in which they are looking for more people to work. so as i go around my district, be it service industry,
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agriculture, light manufacturing, they're begging for employees. and what is the congress going to do? they're going to go in there and say, no, we're not going to let you work at the local restaurant. we're going to have you work for the job corps. i think that's a mistake. the fourth thing i'll point out is this obsession with racial -- racial biases and gender identity. there is a bill right now that the majority party has that's called the lgbtq data inclusion act in which they expect everybody, i guess, to tell their employer what their sexual preferences are. i've been doing this job in politics for a long time. i have never had a discussion about sexual preferences with any of my employees. i would feel embarrassed to ask them. but this bill clearly implies a world in which when you apply for a job you -- let's talk about our sexual identity. the fifth thing i want to point out is we have a big problem in our country at the southern
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border, and in this bill in committee we tried to have e-verify to apply to all these jobs. in other words, to make sure if we are going to have such a program at least it's american citizens who take advantage of the program. that bill was shot down in committee. what does that tell me? that amendment was shot down in committee. it tells me that one more time, you know, along with free medical care, along with pell grants, the majority party wants to help out people who are coming here who shouldn't be here. e-verify really should have been part of the bill. i don't think the american public wants another government program designed, at least in part, to benefit people in a are here illegally. so there are some of the greatest hits of the bill. and i'd like to return my time to my leader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman reserves. and the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: i thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from indiana, the distinguished member of the committee on
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education and labor, mr. mrvan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mrvan: thank you, chairman scott, for the time. i rise in strong support of the workforce innovation and opportunity act of 202. i long believe -- 2022. i long believe there is a place to help our fellow citizens obtain a good-paying job. with a good-paying job, most folks have the time and resources to take care of themselves, their families, and address the difficulties that sometimes arise in life. i appreciate that this legislation promotes the value of our workforce and focuses on the improvements to the apprenticeship programs, digital literacy programs and summer jobs programs for our youth. in my experience for 15 years as someone who helped upskill people, i worked very closely with the workforce development in order to find jobs for people who are sitting across the table from me trying to make ends meet. this investment gives them hope and promise. it also absolutely addresses
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what all employers and all small businesses are looking for -- a ready, skilled workforce in order to get into the market quickly. also, when it comes to labor unions, i want to emphasize the investment in the labor unions what they provide for my community in indiana's first district is livable wages, health care benefits that are affordable, safer workplace, and also a secure retirement. and also, when it comes to the prevailing wage, that prevailing wage sets a wage that allows for all programs and all development in my district that is something that is sacred that allows us to be competitive, to have a safe workplace, and allows us to provide for families. so with that, northwest indiana is home to such a diverse and talented workforce, and i urge all of my colleagues to support this legislation so that communities and organizations throughout our nation have the resources to ensure that everyone has the opportunity and
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tools to thrive in our economy. with that i thank you, mr. chairman, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman reserves. and the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the truly distinguished gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hill: well, thank you, madam speaker, and chair foxx. thank you for your work and leadership on these important issues. thank you for visiting my home state of arkansas many times in support of a better workforce. madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to h.r. 7309 due to its lack of innovation and lack of opportunity that i think is embedded in this legislation. it's a shame we're on the floor, yet again, debating a bill that the democratic majority crafted to please unions and bolster them at the expense of american workers, small businesses, and nonunion entities. most employers want to provide work-based upskilling, but they already are hesitant to apply
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for federal funds. this bill will make that process even more complex and burdensome. in my home state of arkansas, we are a right-to-work state. this bill is harmful to my home state. there are many bad policies in the bill that will harm the american workforce. this bill will expand federal control overwork force standards, eliminating the rights of -- limiting the rights of job seekers. state and local workforce development boards will be expanded by 10%. most importantly, this bill will fail to expand opportunity access for job seekers. it's clear that this bill was written to favor unions, not the full and diverse american workforce. this bill is deeply flawed and another example of the democratic majority being out of touch with working americans. i thank chair foxx for the time and i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker.
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madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, wished member of the committee on education and labor, mr. espaillat. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. espaillat: thank you, madam speaker. after more than two years of instability during the pandemic, congress must ensure that all americans, all americans have resources to access the job market. especially those that are typically left behind. each year 600,000 individuals are released from incarceration and nearly half of them have repeat contact with the criminal justice system within a year. there is a critical need to invest in re-entry programs, the work force innovation and opportunity act of 2022 does just that by guaranteeing the department of labor's re-entry employment opportunity program is authorized at $500 billion by 2028. this investment will not only expand re-entry employment assistance for adults, but also
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prevent in-school youth from dropping out of school. increase the employment rate of out-of-school youth, and reduce the involvement of youth in crime and violence. programs carried out through the re-entry employment grant program recognize the youth can and will lead healthy and constructive lives. these resources can mean the difference between a revolving door or prison time, or a life full of economic opportunities. for those reasons, madam speaker, and all the other significant provisions in this bill, such as building community college capacity, strengthening industry and sector partnership, i urge all my colleagues to support the work force innovation and opportunity act of 2022. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman reserves the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i
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may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. f.y.2021 taxpayers spent about $1.8 billion on adult dislocated worker and youth activities under title 1 of wioa. according to the department of labor, only $537 million, or less than 30% of that money, went toward quote, training services, end quote. most people assume that our nation's work force development system is primarily focused on providing workers the skills they need to be successful in the modern economy. unfortunately, that's not accurate. not surprisingly with so little focus on actual skills development, the outcomes for these programs are poor. among youth participants, less than one yaryt exited the -- one
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quarter exited the program with an employment in an occupation related to the services they received from the system. among adults and dislocated workers, a little more than 1/3 exited with employment related to their program. republicans would like to address the shortcomings and believe this re-authorization presents an opportunity to do that. the republican proposal we offered during committee and to the rules committee increases the percentage of funding going toward skills development. we propose reforms to bring more employers to the table and engage more employers in the work force system. unfortunately, the democrats' bill rejects those proposals and instead would actually make these problems worse. as a result of provisions in h.r. 7309, and even -- an even smaller portion of wioa funding will be directed towards skill
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development. the bill will also dilute employers' involvement in state and local government -- governs of the work force system -- governance of the work force system which is the opposite of what we should be doing. madam speaker, this is bill isa missed opportunity. i urge my colleagues to oppose the base bill so we can get back to work and truly reform this program to get more workers the skills they need to fill the econeconomy's open jobs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from connecticut, distinguished member of the committee on education and labor, mr. courtney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. courtney: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in strong support of the work force innovation and opportunity act which will modernize america's job training program at precisely the time that we need it the most. today in america for every one
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unemployed person there are two job openings. again, i don't care what sector you are talking about, whether it's manufacturing, health care, information technology, whether you are from the red state or blue state, the hue and cry from employers who are desperate to find workers is one of the most powerful challenges that we face in this economy. it's a good challenge. it's about connecting people to opportunities and to jobs or careers which this bill is precisely designed to do. again, if you want to talk about the problems that we are having with inflation and gas prices, listen to the oil and gas industry. they are 100,000 workers short today. so that they cannot increase supply because they don't have the work force to do the drilling that's necessary. in my district where i have electric boat shipyard, used the work force innovation act in the past, there are 725 job openings
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this morning. in the metal trades, in design, engineering work. and the existing work force innovation act, which again uses the collaboration of employers and unions to design a curriculum that matches the work that happens in that shipyard in the metal trades and other areas has been extremely successful. they graduated their 2,000th graduate who immediately was employed and is working in that shipyard. again, that's going to be a career for that individual to support themselves and their family. the challenge we have before us is we need to size up that preapprenticeship critical link this program addresses by passing this legislation. if you read the bill it doubles the number of slots that work force boards like mine in eastern connecticut and work force, the 500 work force boards that exist across america that will be able to -- 30 more
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seconds. mr. scott: i yield the gentleman an additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: the 500 work force boards around the country will then be able to, again, address that critical need that exists right now today. and it does it in a way that has been on the books since the clinton administration passed the work force innovation act back in the 1990's. again, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, they were part of the bill signing with president obama in 2014 when we authorized it the last time. this bill is very much aligned with the structure, but it enlarnlings it and reaches out to underserved pop pew -- enlarges it and reaches out to underserved populations who can take advantage and succeed with the tools this bill provides. now is the time. we need to vote on this measure today. we need to get it through the senate. and our economy will benefit, our nation will benefit. vote in favor of the work force innovation and opportunity act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from north
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carolina is recognized. mimississippi fox: i reserve -- ms. foxx: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: can you advise us how much time remains on both sides? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia has 18 minutes. the gentlewoman from north carolina has 15 3/4 minutes. the speaker pro tempore: madam speaker -- mr. scott: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from mi -- michigan, mr. levin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. levin: i rise in strong support of the work force innovation and opportunity act of 2022. as michigan's former chief work force officer, i know firsthand how vital job training is to help communities transform economic challenges into opportunities for all. about 15 years ago during the
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crisis in the auto industry then during the great recession, we created what at the time was the largest job training program of any state, called no worker left behind. we put 162,000 unemployed michiganders back to school to study for in demand jobs, certificates, degrees. whatever their local work force board said was needed. lord knows as mr. courtney said, at this moment when employers are crying out for trained workers to fill positions, we need to pass this bill. let me touch on four highlights of the legislation. first, it corrects years of underfunding by authorizing $74 billion over the next six years. second, it gives greater voice to workers by increasing representation of labor organizations on state and local work force boards. third, it makes permanent and allocates $2.25 billion over six years for the labor department's
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re-entry employment opportunities program so that returning citizens can both obtain and sustain employment. we are seeing employers go into prisons in innovative ways and help people have opportunities for hope in their life, which is the surest way to cut recidivism. fourth, it authorizes public libraries to serve as affiliated one-stop sites. a priority i pushed to include in the legislation. madam speaker, i'm always about those public libraries. effective work force training is a crucial tool to spur job creation, fight long-term unemployment, and reduce inequality. by increasing funding and giving workers of all backgrounds a stronger voice, this proposal strengthens our work force development system. i congratulate chairman scott on his leadership in shepherding this legislation and i urge my colleagues to vote for the work force innovation and opportunity act of 2022. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from virginia reserves. and the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized.
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ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cohen: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. scott. this is just one of the things that the caucus -- congress have been doing to help make the economy improve and help people deal with problems that covid has caused us. supply chain and all, which has slowed down the opportunity to get products and also cost inflation. by having the work force and innovation and opportunity act to give people training, to get them career services, get skills to perform jobs is so important. mr. courtney mentioned how many more openings we have than people to fill the jobs right now. i went to walgreens the other day and thought i got there early to get the drive in. they said we don't have enough
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employees to have the drive in open this morning. everywhere you go there is need for work. we need to train people so they can fill the jobs made available. i'm proud to vote for this bill re-authorizing the program, which unfortunately expired in 2020. this would put us back on track and invest $78 billion over six years and train millions of workers per year by 2028. memphis is a proud working class city and we must prepare our work force and community for the 21st century and jobs right now. the work force innovation and opportunity act will ensure the critical resources are provided for essential institutions like our job core certainty in white haven. this transformational work should involve all of our local leaders and resources to ensure our programs and solutions are relevant and useful to our community. i offered an amendment which was accepted and i appreciate that which will help ensure the subject matter experts and local agencies, local educators, community leaders can be
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included as the work force development boards. thank you. i encourage everybody strong support to vote for this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. the gentlewoman north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cartwright: i thank the gentleman. i appreciate the opportunity to speak about my critical amendment to the work force innovation and opportunity act. as a nation what we want to do is help our young working population find jobs and meet their career potential. that is exactly what youth build
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has done for the last 40 years. the youth build program funds work force training initiatives focused on 16 to 24-year-old individuals without a high school diploma. these young adults come from challenging backgrounds and they need skills and resources successfully to participate in the domestic labor market, and youth build gives them that opportunity. . however, there are always room for improvement and that's why we have this amendment. that's why young adults with disabilities are best positioned successfully to enter the workforce. currently, lack of affordable and accessible transportation creates significant barriers for disabled people that want to work. 13.4 million americans have disabilities which limits their ability to travel, including traveling to the workplace.
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we have to ensure the transportation to and from the workplace is available for disabled youth, transitioning into the workforce. my amendment to the workforce innovation and opportunity act allows disabled youth participants to use funds for transportation. with this amendment, we can remove a massive obstacle from the path of these disabled young ad adults. we can make going to work one steppiesier so they can -- step easier so they can support their family. no one should be deprived to have a chance to become and remain productive members of our american society. so i urge my fellow members to support my amendment and allow youth bill funding to be used for work-related transportation. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman reserves.
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and the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. rutherford. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rutherford: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. madam speaker, at the appropriate time, i'd like to offer an amendment to h.r. 7309, which will increase skills development for individuals seeking careers in law enforcement, especially in these states that we've seen increasing violent crime. my amendment would modify the list of employment and workforce development activities that states must carry out with state set aside funding. this amendment requires states that have experienced a violence in crime over the previous year to use those state set aside funds to use training services for individuals seeking a career in law enforcement. those funds must also support training services for law enforcement officers in border
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protection relevant states. after two years of my colleagues across the aisle calling to defund the police, we are seeing cities in america in crisis. police agency budgets have been slashed, making it impossible to hire, equip, and train officers. these calls have demoralized, delegitimized, cause higher rates and making it nearly impossible to hire new officers. criminals have noticed, and violent crime is rising because of it. just look at the news any time. it's made the already dangerous job of law enforcement even more dangerous and unsafe, and in 2021, an officer was attacked and killed every five days in america. madam speaker, all our communities are less safe because of it. this police week, instead of focusing on supporting law enforcement, hiring and retention and making our communities safer, my colleagues
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are forcing a partisan flawed approach to labor force development. but my amendment will help build the workforce that we really need to focus on. and that's peace officers. at a time when law enforcement officers retirements are up 45% nationwide and some cities still can't fill the 17% open positions, we desperately need to invest in retraining law enforcement officers. as a former law enforcement myself, i know firsthand the importance of developing a strong pipeline of law enforcement cadets. we are far from that now so we must direct our federal workforce investments to career fields that directly and positively impact the safety of our communities across america. if we adopt the motion to recommit, we will instruct the education and labor committee to consider my amendment to invest in the next generation of our law enforcement officers.
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madam chair, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment immediately prior to the vote on the motion to recommit, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from connecticut, a distinguished member of the committee on education and labor, mrs. hayes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. hayes: i rise to support the package of this bill, the workforce innovation and opportunity act, a historic $78 billion investment that will provide training for one million workers per year by 2028. this package includes my bill, the youth build for the future act, which would invest $1 billion into the youth build program over six years. youth build is a crucial program that is specifically built to help young people who have not completed their high school degree train for a high-wage stable career.
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but most importantly, it helps those young people regain their confidence in their ability to be self-sufficient and to contribute to our communities. my bill makes critical investments to the program, such as reserving grant funds for rural areas, ex-continuing the -- extending the period of follow-up services to two years and allow youth build to fund meals for participants. these improvements will expand opportunity for young adults and employers who are oklahomaoring to fill skilled -- who are clamoring to fill skilled positions that remain vacant. these are meaningful, life-changing investments for americans search are for long -- searching for long-term high-wage employment. i know these programs work because the one in my district and hometown has young kids building homes. as an original co-sponsor of this re-authorization, i am proud to support passage and urge my colleagues to do the same. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized.
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ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: i yield myself -- yield myself the balance of the time, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: by reversing some of the key reforms made in the bipartisan 2014 wioa re-authorization, h.r. 7309 takes our workforce system backwards. it does this by imposing more burea bureaucratic hurdles to job creators and reducing program accountability. it's time to stop being so frivolous with taxpayer dollars. this bill proposes pouring more money into an already expensive program. in f.y. 2021 taxpayers spent $1.8 billion on programs under title 1 of wioa alone. this is too much money, especially as inflation is still
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at a 41-year high. the house of representatives has been entrusted with the power of the purse. it's time we took this responsibility more seriously. the nation deserves a workforce system that will actually prepare americans for in-demand jobs. unfortunately, this bill fails to protect taxpayers at a time of rampant inflation, pushes a radical progressive agenda, expands federal control over the workforce, and embraces that failed status quo rather than pursuing opportunities for innovation. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. the evidence is clear that our economy has made meaningful progress from recovering from the pandemic thanks to the efforts of congress and the biden-harris administration. our economy has added a record
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8.3 million jobs since the start of 2021. the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.6%. despite this progress, we know that job openings currently exceed job applicants, and employers are clamoring for skilled workers. in fact, research suggests that workers are leaving their jobs to seek better career opportunities in record numbers. this bill would take a critical step towards empowering workers to fill those competitive job positions and in turn help reduce supply chain shortages, lower cost for families -- costs for families, increase their incomes, and improve our business competitiveness. madam speaker, investing in workforce development has historically been a priority for both democrats and republicans. that's why our committee conducted an extended bipartisan process to put this legislation together. despite the opposition we've heard from our colleagues today. as our economy rebounds from the pandemic, we should all agree
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that we must take this opportunity to expand access to high-quality job training opportunities for america's workers. i want to thank my colleague, again, for ms. wilson, for her bringing this critical legislation to the floor. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of the workforce innovation and opportunity act of 2022. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. all time for debate has expired. each further amendment printed in part c of house report 117-325 not earlier considered as part of amendments en bloc pursuant to section 4 of house resolution 1119 shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member offered in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before the question is
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put thereon, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. it shall be in order at any time after debate for the chair of the committee on education and labor or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of further amendments printed in part c of house report 117-325 not earlier disposed of. amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on education and labor or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. scott: madam speaker, pursuant to section 4 of house resolution 1119, i rise to offer
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amendments en bloc number 1. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendments en bloc. the clerk: en bloc number 1 consisting of amendments number 1, 4, 8, 12, 13, 21, 25, 26, 30, 32, and 36 printed in part c of house report 117-325 offered by mr. scott of virginia. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 1119, the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott, and the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you. madam speaker, this en bloc contains several bipartisan amendments from our colleagues that continue improves the workforce innovation and opportunity act of 2022. this en bloc amendment contains commonsense proposals that strengthens the underlying bill. and i thank my colleagues for their contributions.
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i strongly urge support for both the en bloc amendment and then the underlying bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: madam speaker, this en bloc includes several amendments that i believe would improve the underlying legislation, so i'll vote for the en bloc. unfortunately, i must also note that the en bloc includes three amendments to which i have concerns. the gottheimer amendment reduces the flexibility of the workforce system needs to -- needs to meet the needs of workers. the harder amendment will reduce the percentage of funds going to help youth receive the skills they need to enter the workforce. and the lee amendment authorizes a duplicative study that would not be a reasonable use of taxpayer funds. however, on balance, this en bloc will improve the underlying
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legislation. this group of amendments better focuses wioa on in-demand jobs, decreases duplication by encouraging better alignment for k-12 educational providers and local workforce development boards and includes information in career and skills development services. i hope my colleagues will support this set of amendments, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from ohio, the chair of the energy and water subcommittee of the appropriations committee, a strong supporter of sector grant training, ms. kaptur. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. kaptur: thank you, chairman scott, for your astounding leadership on this critical jobs training bill and for yielding me time and to ranking member foxx, i thank her so very much for her support of this effort.
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today, i urge my colleagues to support a bipartisan amendment to the workforce innovation and opportunity act that i proposed alongside representatives kelly, dingell, and ryan. as we set about this new era of a automotive and vehicular innovation, it's critical we invest in the workers who are the backbone of this uniquely american industry. this amendment will create a pathway for the federal department of labor and other federal agencies to conduct a study on the automotive service, tech next, and vooek mechanic -- technician, and vehicle mechanic workforce to increase the need of this sector. already, america is short one million trained workers across our nation, and we haven't gotten started. we're not off the finish line -- excuse me -- the electric, hydrogen and biofuel powered vehicle technology brings new opportunities and new challenges. to be ready, we must proactively stand up for training and apprenticeship programs that prepare america's vehicular work force for the next generation.
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the motor vehicle industry has long served as a gateway to the middle class. this amendment allows the federal government to take deliberate steps to ensure our workers are top of mind, not left behind. it is vital that we invest in the workers who make, build and grow america and, frankly, power her. i ask that my colleagues join me in passing this important amendment and i thank you. i yield back, mr. chair. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: madam speaker, i will reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. >> madam speaker, i yield -- mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gottheimer: i rise in support of my amendment. first, i'd like to thank all our brave veterans for putting their lives on the line to defend our freedom and our families. and for sacrificing so much, no veteran should ever have to struggle to get care and resources they've earned. we should always have their backs.
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my provision today will do just that. ensuring veterans have access to high quality job training and career navigation services. these skills will help our veterans transition back into civilian life, reach their career goals and care for their families. we know that veterans have the skills to make them exceptional workers, but they often face barriers to employment. data shows unemployment rates are higher for veterans than nonveterans. my amendment will ensure veterans are prioritized to receive federal career resources and build on the work i've helped lead, working across the aisle since i was elected, to support our veterans and their families. the first piece of legislation i passed in congress was to expanned hiring post-9/11 veterans. today we have the opportunity to fight for them like they fought for us. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and yield back the balance of my time and thank the chairman for his leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: madam speaker, i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. to and to the chairman. i rise in support of my amendment which will ensure performance measures and accountability indicators for recognized postsecondary credentials are made publicly available. now is the time for us to invest in our constituents and the work force. as we do so, i cannot stress enough how important it is for congress to mandate collecting and publicly reporting data on our job training programs. that includes publicly reporting on performance measures and economic outcomes such as the types of jobs, wages and long-term career progression. having performance measures and accountability indicators publicly available will allow us to direct federal resources in an equitable way so we are getting support to individuals and programs that have been historically underfunded. so i encourage my colleagues to
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support my amendment and i look forward to voting for this critical investment in our workers for nevada and for all americans. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: madam speaker, i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i have no further requests for time and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time? mr. scott: does the gentlelady have any further speakers? ms. foxx: i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close also, madam speaker. mr. scott: let me just -- i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, thank you again. i just want to reiterate that this is an en bloc amendment containing commonsense bipartisan proposals that strengthen the underlying bill. i strongly urge support for both the en bloc amendment and then the underlying bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from north
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carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: madam speaker, the amendments in this en bloc will refocus the work force development system on the individuals it was created to serve. job seekers and employers. we must make sure that wioa is helping all-american job seekers get the skills they need to compete in our modern economy. we must also make sure wioa programs are helping employers connect with skilled workers instead of saddling them with unnecessary requirements that have no proven effectiveness. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. pursuant to house resolution 1119, the previous question is ordered on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from virginia. the question is on the amendments en bloc. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the
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ayes have it. the en bloc amendments are agreed to. without objection, the motion to -- for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> i stand to ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. scott: madam speaker, pursuant to section 4 of house resolution 1119, i rise to offer amendments en bloc number 2. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendments en bloc. the clerk: en bloc number 2 consisting of amendments numbered 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 29, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38
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and 39 printed in part c of house report 117-325 offered by mr. scott of virginia. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant thousand resolution 1119, the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott, and the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, this en bloc amendment contains additional democratic amendments from my colleagues to continue improving the work force innovation and opportunity act of 2022. this en bloc amendment contains proposals that strengthen the underlying bill and i thank my colleagues for their contributions. i strongly urge support for both the en bloc amendment and then the underlying bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized.
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ms. foxx: madam speaker, i rise in opposition to the amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: this democrat en bloc creates new programs to authorize new funding, expand bureaucracy on work force development boards, imposes new mandates on states and local areas, detacts from skilled development -- detracts from skilled development services and transfers wioa from a work force program into a welfare program. this laundry list of problems is not what our nation's job seekers need. i cannot agree to saddling employers and workers with new federal mandates that will make it harder for them to grow the economy and better individual lives. i urge my colleagues to oppose the package and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia is
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recognized. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from delaware, ms. blunt rochester, who is a former member of the committee on education and labor, and a strong supporter of work force development. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. blunt rochester: thank you, madam speaker. and thank you so much, chairman scott, for your leadership. i'm proud to have my amendments to h.r. 7309 before the house today. in particular i'm proud of amendment number 3 which gained the support of 42 of my colleagues. this amendment would establish grants to help break the cycle of violence in communities by providing job and work force development opportunities to youth in communities disproportionately affected by gun violence. with this broad support, i call on my colleagues to support this amendment which helps reduce community violence the best way we know how, by building pipelines to good paying, high quality jobs for youth that are
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disconnected from school and the work force, to create opportunity to improve lives and to provide for the future. thank you, mr. chairman, again, for all of your leadership. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. scott: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. excuse me, north carolina. ms. foxx: i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i have no further requests for time. i believe the gentlelady from north carolina has the right to close and i'm prepared to close. ms. foxx: i'm prepared to close too, madam speaker. mr. scott: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized to close. mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. and i thank, again, all of my colleagues. i want to reiterate that this en
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bloc amendment contains commonsense proposals that will strengthen the underlying bill. i strongly urge support for both the en bloc amendment and the underlying bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: madam speaker, we should focus on empowering job seekers to select skills development providers that will prepare them for in-demand jobs. and make sure that employers are involved in this process so that we can close the skills gap. we should also streamline the work force system so that money is not wasted on unnecessary bureaucracy and administrative overhead. this funding should instead be directed toward upskilling workers. unfortunately this democrat en bloc misses the mark on each of these fronts. i urge my colleagues to oppose
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this group of amendments and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 1119, the previous question is ordered on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from virginia. the question is on the amendments en bloc. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the sandayes have it. ms. foxx: madam speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina rise? ms. foxx: on that, madam speaker, i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. scott: madam speaker, pursuant to section 4 of house
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resolution 1119, i rise to offer amendments en bloc number 3. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendments en bloc. the clerk: en bloc number 3. consisting of amendments numbered 11, 18 and 27, printed in part c of house report 117-325 behaved mr. scott of virginia. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 1119, the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott, and the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, this en bloc amendment contains several amendments which i oppose. i therefore reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentleman from virginia, m
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mr. good. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. good: thank you, madam speaker. democrats believe the government should control everything. what kind of car you drive, whether you have to get a vaccine, how or if you get to heat or cool your home. if you can keep your job and if you can open or operate your business. republicans on the other hand believe that americans should control their own lives, their purchasing decisions, their health care decisions, and even their businesses and apprenticeship programs. business owners across the country try to utilize apprenticeships to develop the skilled employees they need to succeed and grow. sadly, this democrat bill only funds government-approved apprenticeships that are registered with the department of labor. not those designed by business owners who have the audacity to think that they know more about their business than those with no business experience. like president biden and the progressive activists that make up his administration.
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why would anyone trust joe biden to run their business? he has no private sector experience. but he's now the proud owner of the worst economic record in modern history. so there is that. but why would anyone trust democrats in this congress or this administration to run their business? these former educators, lawyers, community organizers and progressive activists have ruined the outstanding economy that they inherited in january of 2021. but house democrats demand that you have your but house democrats want your apprenticeship designed because, of course, washington knows best when it comes to everything. i mean, look what they have done with inflation, supply chains, rising crime, the open border, and everything else. they are a picture of success. but if washington truly knew best, then one in four businesses would not have closed permanently in my home state of virginia due to democrat covid restrictions. employers in my district often
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ask me, why do they have to submit to government control to be eligible for funding for their apprenticeship program? who could do better than those who create the jobs despite washington's best efforts to prevent them from doing so? that question was rhetorical. please don't answer. my amendment would actually let employers run their own apprenticeship programs and help them educate their workers the way they need to so they can expand their workforce. and i urge my colleagues to support my amendment, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, this en bloc includes several amendments that i believe would vastly improve
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the underlying legislation. first, these amendments would bring needed flexibility and innovation to the workforce development system when it comes to apprenticeships. democrats have, unfortunately, chosen to double down on the outdated registered apprenticeship model rather than meet employers where they are. this group of amendments includes proposals that encourage innovation to occur so that apprenticeships can meet the needs of more employers. second, one of the amendments would ensure that states provide a realistic and workable timetable for awarding grants and contracts for adult basic education. this is simply good governance. states should not hold onto funding indefinitely that's intended to be directly toward job seekers. this amendment will make sure the funding goes where it is intended and doesn't get stuck with bureaucrats to the detriment of individuals seeking basic education services.
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third, wioa should be focused first and foremost on providing skills development for job seekers. this bill adds vague language to include, quote, health care supports, end quote. while i was pleased that the long standing hyde amendment was secured and will apply to wioa funds for fiscal year 2022 appropriations, i will always fight to see that the hyde -- see the hyde amendment applied to ensure federal funds do not support the killing of babies. it is of utmost importance that taxpayer dollars do not go to pay for killing babies, and this amendment would guarantee that. the right to life is our most fundamental and sacred right and must always be protected. i will always remain vigilant to ensure that taxpayer funds do
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not pay for the killing of babies. i hope my colleagues will support this set of amendments, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, on this side, we're prepared to close. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gen the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. we have a couple of other speakers so we are not prepared to close. i now recognize the gentleman from new york, mr. jacobs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jacobs: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of my amendment which would be a great benefit to adult learners across the country and especially my home state of new york. new york state has had issues over the last several years in distributing these funds promptly. independent programs typically operate on very thin budgets, so any delay in funding put their operations in jeopardy.
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my amendment would ensure states are held accountable for distributing funds -- funding promptly by requiring the states to provide a timeline for distributing grants and contracts for adult basic education in the united states -- in the united states plan and specifying that funds must be distributed in a timely manner. the typical adult learner benefitting from title 2 funding is a person that's not able to access k-12 education as a child or a recent immigrant. last september, i went to one of the adult education programs in my district, literacy western new york. i walked away very impressed by the adult learners there. life certainly has not been easy for them, but that hasn't stopped them from pressing on and working to improve their lives. it is important we make sure that the resources promised to our nation's adult learners and the programs that support them are available. i urge my colleagues to support
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this amendment, and with that, i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from illinois, mrs. miller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. miller: thank you for yielding. my amendment puts strong protections in place so that no funds in this bill can go towards harming the unborn. the underlying bill includes a provision that allows taxpayer dollars to be used for health and mental health care support. without the protections, my amendment offers this funding could go this -- without the protections my amendment offers, this would go to killing babies. a baby is a whole human being. in my home state, our leftist governor said he'll take federal
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funding from title 10 and give it to planned parenthood of illinois. this goes directly against federal law and the hyde amendment. those on the other side of the aisle in this body use every opportunity to get rid of the hyde amendment. that's why my amendment is so important. the growing hostility toward the hyde amendment is alarming, and means we must be vigilant in our efforts to ensure program dollars authorized by congress cannot be used for abortions or abortion services. god is the author of life, not congress, and the taking of life through abortion is an assault on the image of god. abortion is not health care despite what the left says, and we should not force taxpayers to violate their morals or strongly held beliefs by forcing them to pay for it. my amendment ensures that they won't. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields.
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the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from north carolina -- virginia is recognized. mr. scott: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i'm now prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you. madam speaker, the amendments in this en bloc -- on the individuals it was created to serve -- job seekers and employers. we must make sure that wioa is helping all american job seekers get the skills they need to compete in our modern economy. we must also make sure that wioa programs are helping employers connect with skilled workers, instead of saddling them with requirements that have no proven effectiveness. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. scott: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i want to focus my comments on two of the en bloc amendments that undermine the improvements of putting forward this legislation. the first strikes language from the bill that prevents nonregistered apprenticeships from receiving wioa funds. if you want to have a nonregistered apprenticeship fund you can do that. but wioa programs are first since they are better and should not spend money on nonregistered programs. the registered programs are a proven strategy that demonstrated high-quality training and wage progression across multiple industries. this bill supports efforts to expand registered apprenticeships to additional populations and industries by preserving 50% of the funds of supporting individuals with barriers to employment. many of my colleagues and i opposed the so-called industry recognized apprenticeship programs, or iraps, because that
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programs discards key features that are cause of success for the registered apprenticeship program. including quality standards, worker protections, national recognition, and the fact that virtually all registered apprenticeship graduates end up in jobs that pay well above the median wage. the second -- second amendment in this en bloc amendment group prohibits wioa funds from being used to reimburse any health care services. i am not sure where they find the physical health is included. mental health, counseling, substance abuse is included as possible funding. but the question of whether wioa will pay for health services is a distraction from the work we're trying to do today to ensure equitable recovery, provide economic advancement for all individuals in all communities.
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this legislation reflects the inputs from stakeholders across the country who knows who it takes to expand access to high-quality job training and other critical services. this provides flexibility for local programs. the statute also allows for the provision of support of services -- supportive services such as assistance in transportation, childcare, dependent care, or housing, services that are crucial to facilitating an individual's ability to participate in wioa-funded programs. in fact, the legislation specifically ensures that treatment of substance abuse disorder is a permissible use of supportive services under wioa. fundamentally, needs of individuals seeking job training are not always distinct from health needs, but this program -- but these programs should meet people where they are to facilitate full participation to ensure
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continued and sustained economic success. updating and improving programs authorized through wioa, such as the bill we're considering today, will lift up communities and help us achieve that goal. this is what we need to do t today. by voting no on this en bloc amendment and yes on the underlying bill. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. pursuant to house resolution 119, the previous question is ordered on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from virginia. the question is on the amendments en bloc. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. ms. foxx: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: on that i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20,
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further proceedings are postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 28 printed in part c of house report 117-325. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from iowa seek recognition? mrs. miller-meeks: the clerk will designate the amendment i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 28 printed in part c of house report 117-328 offered by mrs. miller-meeks of iowa. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 119, the gentlewoman from iowa, mrs. miller-meeks, and the member -- and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from iowa. mrs. miller-meeks: thank you, madam speaker. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. miller-meeks: following the pandemic, the nation's workforce has drastically changed and we have a workforce development system that needs to help prepare americans for the job opportunities of today and
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tomorrow, not those of the past. the workforce innovation and opportunity act is intended to help unemployed and underemployed workers get the necessary skills to succeed in america's modern economy. unfortunately, the majority's proposed re-authorization lacks the necessary reforms to help america's workers. our republican proposal on the other hand would modernize the program to make sure it's employer driven which will help america's economy become stronger for decades to come. our plan puts taxpayer dollars to work where they are needed the most, helping job seekers get the skills they need to close the skills gap and get back to work. it does this by bringing more competition into provider marketplace, which expands the pool of skills development providers that meet employers needs and gives more choice to american workers. and ensuring states and localities can use wioa funds to survey employers to get a better understanding of the skills that are most in demand and respond accordingly. additionally, the republican proposal adapts wioa to the
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changing economic landscape. america has just come through a pandemic, and during that time, businesses, employers, and workers shifted to remote work and changing circumstances. our skills development and education programs should adapt to changing circumstances as well. our plan encourages workforce boards to provide services virtually which streamlines wioa and eliminates administrative costs and overhead. republicans also ensure online skills development providers can be included in skills development services, expanding the number of providers who can address the needs that american workers face. . the republican alternative also makes sure wioa doesn't prefer some apprenticeship models over others. this will keep america's labor force at the cutting edge of global competition. competition drives better results. through pay for performance funding, our substitute
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encourages programs in a proven track record of successfully helping american workers succeed. our propose alymers programs base -- proposal measures programs based on real outcomes and gives more flexibility on how they can improve those outcomes. we also increase transparency by making the process for creating job performance metrics available to the american public. finally, the republican plan brings greater accountability to the department of labor job course program and its re-entry opportunities program. let's start with job corps. it's a popular program. there are important reforms we can enact to make sure it's working better for students who need it most. our bill would help job corps eligible students get technical and career education from community colleges, which would give this program. needed innovation and better outcomes. and the program in iowa, in my district, is a wonderful example of how to do exactly this and is the right way to perform that
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program. it would also do more to keep those participants safe. they would report in when any concerning incidents occurred, ensuring proper oversight of this program. we also bring greater accountability to the re-entry employment opportunities program. so we can build on president trump's historic criminal justice reform and use this program to help formerly incarcerated americans establish firm economic foundations for their new life. these are commonsense reforms that will help american employers and job seekers. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield -- rise to claim the time in opposition. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. scott: i'll be only speak sore i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: -- so i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from iowa is recognized. mrs. miller-meeks: i yield to the gentlewoman from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i thank my colleague from iowa
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for her great work on this committee and for bringing forth this amendment. it's an excellent amendment and i support it. we need to do everything we can to improve the work force development programs in our country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from iowa is recognized. mrs. miller-meeks: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. mrs. miller-meeks: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from iowa is recognized. mrs. miller-meeks: madam speaker, we have had an opportunity to work together on wioa, but unfortunately my colleagues in the majority are more concerned about maintaining the status quo and placating favorite stakeholders. what american workers and employers need is a work force system that prioritizes them over special interests. and the republican alternative would do that. i urge my colleagues to help us pass an alternative proposal that works for america.
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thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: madam speaker, we're here today to modernize and re-authorize the nation's premier job training program to help job seekers and workers connect with well paying jobs and career pathways. the substitute offered by our colleagues does not meet the urgent needs to strengthen programs, i do want to make it clear that we welcome the opportunity to make further discussions as the bill heads toward the senate. my bill is to forge common ground wherever we can and i'm hoping that this can be the beginning, not the end, of the conversation. the republican substitute re-authorizes funding for the programs regrettably at roughly the same levels as we have today. the status quo is not working, as a result the substitute will not provide the level of intensive training needed to move people into higher wage jobs. the average amount the adult
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formula program spends for a participant today is about $2,000. not nearly enough to provide quality job training to lead to good jobs with competitive wages, benefits and other hallmarks of job quality. the republican substitute continues the unacceptable status quo with respect to underinvestment in training. to meet the moment, the underlying bill also codifies the sector grants, which are demonstrated to be an effective training for workers in high demand jobs in total sectors. the gentlelady from ohio, ms. kaptur, talked about electric cars. we need a lot of training in that area, but regrettably the substitute omits those grants. our committee hearings held last year highlighted the bipartisan support for re-entry programs, for justice involved individuals. in response the bill codifies the program at the department of labor and commits $250 million for fiscal year 2023, more than double the amount appropriated this year. and provides stable funding
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amounting to $2.3 billion over six years. with $600,000 individuals released from our prisons and jails each year, close to half of them experiencing repeat contact with the criminal justice system within a year, funding levels to the substitute do not come close to meeting the critical needs to invest in services to help these individuals obtain and retain employment. we also reject the requirement of the substitute for nonfrafl federal match to -- nonfederal match to receive a grant. this matching rirnlt is not part -- requirement is not part of the existing grant program and would exclude many grassroots organizations that are best positioned to meet the needs of justice involved individuals in our communities. when we provide subsidies to employers in the form of on the job training or customized training, we also need to make sure that it's matched by job equality. the -- quality. the republican substitute leaves too many disconnected youth
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behind. to help our youth gain life skills, the bill invests almost $1 billion in fiscal year 2023 for summer and year-round youth employment opportunities. the evidence is abundant that these youth employment opportunities increase life long earnings and reduce engagement in the criminal justice system. the republican substitute also fails to meet the moment and address the needs of the workers in the 21st century. so i urge a no vote on this amendment and in the remaining time, madam speaker, i would like to thank members of my staff, on the committee of education and labor, that worked hard on this legislation, starting with kevin mcdermott, scott estrada, lauren obler, phoebe hall, danielle, jessica and former staff members richard miller and katie mcclellan. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to house resolution 1119, the previous question is ordered on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from iowa. the question is on the amendment. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. mrs. miller-meeks: madam speaker, i'd ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. mrs. miller-meeks: madam speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-ssks of house res. -- 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings are postponed. pursuant to clause 1-c of rule 19, further consideration of h.r. 7309 is postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call of the chair.
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