The House Appropriations Committee, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Hearing on “Department of Labor Budget Request for FY 2020” in which Labor Secretary Acosta testified on behalf of the Department’s budget request.
Both Republicans and Democrats supported the expansion of registered apprenticeships; Republicans additionally supported the Administration’s industry recognized apprenticeship program (IRAP) that would include intermediaries to help industries expand and scale their apprenticeship programs.
Democrats repeatedly asked Secretary Acosta how he could cut funding for workforce development and Job Corps when he says both are priorities for the Department. Sec. Acosta discussed how tough decisions had to be made, but that Governors are coming up with innovative ideas to make Job Corps centers more effective through partnerships with community colleges or the National Guard.
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