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 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.
On June 20, Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (CIAW), Coalition for Health Funding (CHF), and Committee for Education Funding (CEF) sent a letter to Senators Barbara Mikulski and Tom Harkin in support of the Senate Appropriation Committee’s discretionary allocation of $1.058 trillion for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 appropriations bills. A particular emphasis was placed on support for the adoption of a $164.33 billion allocation for the Labor-H Appropriations bill.
The programs and services under the jurisdiction of the Labor-H subcommittee serve a broad range of constituencies and needs, but they all share a common, fundamental goal of strengthening this nation by improving Americans’ lives. Despite their profound impact on American health, educational and skills attainment, and productivity, these programs and services have been deeply cut since FY 2010. CIAW, CHF and CEF strongly support the efforts being made to protect these programs from further cuts. Read the full letter to learn more.