A Strong American Workforce
Buy American, Hire American
With more job openings than skilled workers to fill them, training Americans for these jobs is crucial, and policies that expand opportunities for American workers to fill American jobs is critical to our nation’s future.
Already, over 360 companies have taken the Pledge to America’s Workers, providing over 14 million training jobs and career opportunities.
The FY 2021 budget calls for a $900 million increase in funding to provide vocational and technical education in every high school in America.
Proposed regulations at the U.S. Department of Labor would allow companies, unions, non-profits and trade associations to develop apprenticeship programs that will train Americans for the jobs that are going begging today.
The Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act now before Congress would provide $5 billion for state-based scholarship programs, empowering all parents to send their kids to the public, private, religious, public charter, home, or magnet school they feel best meets the needs of their children.
The proposed Second Step Act will earmark millions of dollars for Federal programs to reduce the rate of recidivism, offer prisoners the support they need for life after their release, and support reentry programs, inmate education, and occupational training programs.
A strong workforce requires sound immigration policy that allows American workers to compete globally. Proposed regulations will help reform our immigration system to prioritize immigrants with the skills to contribute to society; and the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act now before Congress will allow victims of crimes committed by criminal illegal aliens to sue sanctuary cities.
America First Policies urges Congress and the Administration to support these measures to help make certain the best workers in the world have the skills and opportunities needed to compete in the global marketplace.