Before members of Congress head out of D.C. and back to work in their respective districts and states at the end of September, there are two pieces of must-pass federal legislation crucial to manufacturers in the U.S. These are reauthorization of the Perkins Act, which supports workforce education, and passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), which authorizes key infrastructure investments.
The Perkins Act—80 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or severe shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly-skilled production positions, according to a recent report by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. In the next ten years, 2 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled due to the skills gap. The Perkins Act would strengthen career and technical education and help prepare more students for high-skilled, in demand manufacturing jobs.
Please send a letter to urge your member of Congress to support the Perkins Act.
WRDA—in the latest edition of the ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, America’s overall infrastructure received a measly D grade, with our nation’s inland waterways and levees ranking the lowest with a D-. Our ports, which moves 95 percent of overseas trade produced or consumed by the U.S., received a C grade. In order for American manufacturers to move goods and remain competitive in the global economy, it is vital that we invest in infrastructure. WRDA would ensure infrastructure investments in our harbors and for inland waterway navigation and port dredging. It is crucial that Congress move forward with long-term authorizations and extensions for infrastructure.
Please send a letter to urge your member of Congress to support the Water Resources Development Act.