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Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Boost Manufacturing Training

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U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs. The Manufacturing Skills Act would create an annual $100 million competitive grant to support initiatives that strengthen the manufacturing workforce and address regional skills challenges.

“Manufacturing plays a critical role in building communities and strengthening the middle class,” Senator Coons said. “Our country regained more than half a million manufacturing jobs in the last three years, but our training programs still haven’t evolved to meet growing demand for high-skilled workers. We need to do a better job of training our workers for the manufacturing jobs of the 21st century, and that’s exactly what this bipartisan bill will do. By helping cities and states craft effective, relevant workforce training programs, we can strengthen communities and ensure American manufacturing is primed for growth in the decades to come.”

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