calls for greater and more effective federal investments in our nation’s skills, so more U.S. businesses can find the skilled workers they need to compete globally, and so all U.S. workers can share in and contribute to our country’s economic prosperity.
unemployed U.S. workers as of February 2013
U.S. adults lack basic literacy skills
of U.S. employers report being unable to fill current openings due to skills gaps
increase in Workforce Investment Act Title I participation since 2009
of job openings in 2008-2018 require postsecondary education
On October 21, as co-chair of NDD United, the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce weighed in to thank members of Congress who voted in favor of H.R. 2775, legislation to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling. Yet as costly and harmful as the shutdown was, the even more critical issue of fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding levels and the need to replace sequestration remains unresolved. On behalf of NDD United, CIAW urged these members to continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to end the devastating effects of sequestration and find a comprehensive and balanced alternative to reduce the deficit. Read the full letter.
On October 17, as co-chair of NDD United—an alliance of more than 3,200 national, state and local organizations working to protect investments in core government functions—the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce urged budget conferees to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs play a vital role in the health and well-being of our communities, and their funding as a share of our economy has been cut to the lowest level in 50 year. Sequestration will lock in these cuts for the next nine years if Congress fails to act. Read the full letter.
On July 29, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW), the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), and the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) sent a joint letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging them to convene the subcommittee markup of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (Labor-HHS). The Labor-HHS bill represents the largest of the nondefense discretionary 302(b) allocations, and its programs and services impact every American. Taxpayers deserve to see how the Committee plans to spend their hard-earned dollars on programs that prepare workers for jobs, educate our youth, and safeguard the health and safety of all Americans.
On July 10, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW), the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), and the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) sent a joint letter to Senators Tom Harkin and Jerry Moran expressing their strong support for the subcommittee-passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Appropriations bill. CIAW also sent a letter to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to support the the bill.
The FY 2014 Labor-H bill proposes the pre-sequester funding level of $164.33 billion, which is in stark contrast to the House Labor-H bill that is 18.6 percent below the final FY 2013 sequester level and 22.2 percent below the FY 2013 pre-sequester Continuing Resolution level. CIAW, CEF, and CHF support the Senate’s efforts to protect important domestic programs from further cuts and encourage Congress to work together to replace the sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction.