Pence Points to Vocational Training as Bipartisan Opportunity

Melissa Gilliam

Melissa Gilliam Intern, AAM

Vice President Pence highlighted the importance of vocational education in addressing manufacturing’s skilled labor shortage during a Politico Playbook interview on Tuesday.

“The challenge we have in a growing economy -- an economy that’s expanding, last quarter 3.5 percent -- is workforce,” Pence said.  “Everywhere I go I have businesses saying to me, ‘We’re hiring. We’re expanding.’ … It’s difficult to find people.”

Pence stated that out of seven million job openings, six million people are looking for employment and that vocational education represents an opportunity for bipartisanship, as seen with the recently signed bipartisan water infrastructure bill.

Indeed, manufacturers need more skilled workers and vocational training programs, and the Trump administration is wise to address these issues as manufacturing boasts resounding bipartisan support, according to recent polling data.

We couldn't agree more that it is time for manufacturing to be a leading focus in Congress, regardless of what party takes the House. It’s not about red or blue; it’s about supporting America’s workers and the manufacturing industry, which presents a critical pathway to the middle class for so many Americans. 

Check out our new video below for more on why a thriving manufacturing industry in America is so important to our nation.


Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

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Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”


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