Perkins CTE passes Senate on Voice Vote; House action expected on Wednesday.

Last night, the Senate passed HR 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act on a voice vote. Action in the House is imminent and expected Wednesday evening prior to the House’s summer recess on July 26th. 

Statements from both sides of the aisle in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce note support for the Senate’s actions:

From Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC),  House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) Co-Chair of the House CTE Caucus: 

“We commend the Senate for taking up H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Over a year ago, the House unanimously passed this bipartisan solution to help close the skills gap and open the door for more innovation in workforce development. Today’s action by the United States Senate is one of the final, crucial steps in making better career and technical education options a reality for millions of Americans.”

From Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Co-Sponsor of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act:

“At a time when skilled workers are in such high demand, investments in quality education and training programs will provide more hard-working Americans the opportunity for good-paying jobs and financial security. We applaud the Senate for advancing the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which will fund important and effective job-training, apprenticeship, and technical education programs that will support workers and boost our economy.”
“Congress has a vital role in closing the skills gap and ensuring our workforce is prepared for success now and in the future. This bill is a major step toward fulfilling that responsibility and we look forward to this legislation receiving overwhelming support on the House floor.”