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Blunt Questions Department of Labor Secretary Acosta on Workforce Development Initiatives

May 03, 2019

WASHINGTON â€“ Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), held a hearing on the FY2020 budget request for the U.S. Department of Labor. At the hearing, Blunt questioned U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on a wide range of workforce development issues and the department’s plans to address them.

As Labor/HHS chairman, Blunt started a Delta region focused workforce program, which will provide grant funding to support workforce training and education in rural communities in the Delta and Appalachian regions. The grant application process is expected to begin this month, and Blunt urged Acosta to quickly move forward.

Blunt also pressed Acosta on proposed cuts to the Job Corps program. Blunt has been an advocate for Job Corps and the effective job training the program provides. Missouri has three Job Corps centers.

Expanding on remarks he made at a press conference earlier this week, Blunt continued the discussion about finding ways to make it easier for veterans to transfer skills they gained in the military to private-sector opportunities. And, he discussed ways to better support military spouses in their careers, like expanding cross-state licensing.

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