Crowley’s On-The-Job Training Act Added to Democrats’ “Make It In America” Jobs Initiative

June 24, 2014
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, announced his On-the-Job Training Act of 2014 (H.R. 3971), legislation that will help put New Yorkers back to work and improve skills through on-the-job training programs, has been added to House Democrats’ Make It In America jobs initiative. Spearheaded by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the Make It In America plan focuses on creating the best conditions for American businesses to manufacture their products, innovate, and create jobs here in the U.S.

“My number one priority is to put New Yorkers back to work,” said Rep. Crowley. “To achieve this goal, we must work to create an atmosphere of growth and opportunity in this country, and that’s what the Make It In America plan helps to accomplish. My On-The-Job Training Act is an essential part of this effort, as it helps job-seekers gain new skills while encouraging businesses to hire.”

“New York’s workers and their families are fortunate to have Rep. Joe Crowley fighting on their behalf each day in Congress. Not only does he continue to serve as a leader within the Democratic Caucus, but he has introduced important legislation under the Make It In America jobs plan that will help launch on-the-job training programs to help workers learn new skills that translate into higher-paying positions and middle class opportunities. I am proud to work with Joe to advance this important work of investing in a strong manufacturing sector that supports good jobs in New York and across the country,” said Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

Crowley’s On-the-Job Training Act creates a separate competitive grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that encourages the development of new on-the-job training (or OJT) programs, as well as provide state and local agencies and others with support to recruit employers to participate in their programs. The legislation also expands the program to include a broader range of participants, including cities, school districts, colleges and industry associations. Applicants are able to tailor their programs to achieve specific goals, such as serving long-termed unemployed or training workers in targeted fields, like green technology.

The legislation has been endorsed by a wide array of organizations dedicated to promoting effective employment policy, including the National Skills Coalition, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.