Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a resolution to recognize September 2019 as “National Workforce Development Month.” Introduced by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyo.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), the Workforce Development Month Resolution expresses support for federal initiatives that promote skills training and development so workers are supported through a transitioning and growing economy.
“Nevada is the Innovation State because we prioritize workforce development to support the hard-working employees and business owners that are at the heart of our economy. From skills and vocational training to nontraditional education, this resolution recognizes our workers deserve every support possible so they can fully participate in our growing economy. There is no greater investment that we can make than developing a workforce poised to tackle the jobs and challenges of the 21st century.”
In addition to Senators Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Enzi, Baldwin and Young, U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Joe Manchin, III (D-W.Va.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Gary C. Peters (D-Mich.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) also cosponsored this resolution.
Many U.S. employers say the inability to find qualified workers is their biggest obstacle to growth. By 2020, an estimated 60 percent of all jobs will require education beyond high school. Failure to address these worker development needs will result in a shortage of 5 million workers across the U.S. economy by 2020.
Full text of the resolution is available here.