Since coming to
To further that end, I recently introduced the Flexibility to Promote Reemployment Act, a bipartisan bill that encourages job creation by providing states with more flexibility to help unemployed individuals collect paychecks instead of benefit checks.
Why is this bill needed? Under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the
My bill would force the
In the coming weeks, I will also be introducing another bill, the Preparing More Welfare Recipients for Work Act. This legislation would allow states to engage more welfare recipients in activities that lead to self-reliance and better employment opportunities, putting more Americans on a path to escape poverty and find a good-paying job.
This bill would simplify current work participation requirements each state must meet. Current work requirements are set out in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, a federal assistance program established to provide aid to needy families while also preparing individuals to be self-sufficient by promoting job preparation and employment. However, those TANF work requirements can discourage states from working with individuals who have little education or job experience. In today’s ever changing economy, employers are increasingly looking for individuals with advanced skill sets and who possess more than a high school diploma. Individuals who lack the proper training and education are often left behind.
My bill would allow an individual up to the age of 26 to have their hours spent completing their GED count towards their work requirement — raised from the current age of 20. Additionally, it would allow an individual to count participation in vocational education for up to 24 months instead of the current 12 months. Many in-demand fields require more than two semesters of training, and expanding this timeframe will allow more individuals to pursue the rewarding careers a vocational education offers.
The 21st century economy requires individuals to be equipped with the necessary training and skills in order to find a good paying job.
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