Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick today unveiled job-training legislation he said he’s been crafting for the past eight months. The measure, H.R. 4072, entitled the American Manufacturing Efficiency and Retraining Investment Collaboration (AMERICA) Works Act, would route federal workforce training funds toward programs that provide “nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials,” and make other reforms to the programs without expanding their cost. It won praise from North Idaho College, the Northwest Carpenters and the National Association of Manufacturers, whose senior vice president, Emily DeRocco, said it would “help ensure both new and transitioning workers have the education and skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century manufacturing economy.” You can read Minnick’s full news release on the bill here; the Democratic freshman has three cosponsors so far, all fellow Democrats.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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