Meng Measures in National Apprenticeship Act Pass the House

Nov 20, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today she voted to pass the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, H.R. 8294, which would increase investments in registered apprenticeships and create one million new apprenticeship opportunities nationwide.

Meng also secured a measure that would:

  • Ensure instructional or training materials for the national apprenticeship program are offered in easily understood formats and languages;
  • Add the Federal Communications Commission to the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships, which is responsible for making workforce development recommendations on traditional and nontraditional apprenticeships to Congress; and
  • Ensure information and resources on the value of youth apprenticeships in career pathways are offered in easily understood formats and languages for parents and students.

“We are facing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The pandemic has created severe economic dislocation for millions of Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. I am proud to help pass the National Apprenticeship Act which is essential to building a strong American workforce,” said Meng. “I’m pleased this includes my measure to provide clarity and language access of apprenticeship programs for many immigrant families. My measure also gives the FCC a seat at the table in ensuring tomorrow’s apprenticeships—especially those that relate to broadband buildout—are reflective of the future job market. For the sake of our nation’s workforce and working families, the Senate must immediately pass this bill.”

“Apprenticeships are pathways to opportunity. So kudos to Rep. Meng for expanding them and bringing the FCC and its communications technology expertise on board as part of the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships,” said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 246 to 140.

A text of Meng’s measure can be viewed here.

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