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Walberg Applauds Signing of Career and Technical Education Bill into Law

July 31, 2018
Press Release

Jackson, Mich.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today applauded President Trump for signing bipartisan legislation into law to improve career and technical education (CTE) and help more Americans secure the good-paying jobs of the future. Walberg was a strong supporter of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), which passed the House last week by a unanimous vote.

H.R. 2353 also contains Walberg’s bipartisan legislation, the New HOPE Act, to help states address burdensome occupational licensing requirements, which can create unnecessary regulatory barriers to job growth and economic opportunity.

“Today is a big win for Michigan students and workers,” said Walberg. “I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of career and technical education at high schools, community colleges, and career centers across our district. Skills-based education opens doors to good-paying jobs that are currently waiting to be filled. Strengthening these programs will help even more people acquire hands-on experience to thrive in the 21st century workplace. I’m proud this bipartisan legislation, which is years in the making, is now law of the land.”

“I’m also proud my provisions to reduce excessive licensing requirements facing job seekers were signed into law,” Walberg said about the New HOPE Act. “By giving states additional tools to implement regulatory reforms, we can create more opportunities for people trying to find work or grow a small business.”

A senior member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Walberg has visited CTE programs across Michigan’s 7th District, including at the Branch Area Careers Center, Hillsdale Area Career Center, Jackson Area Career Center, Lansing Community College, Monroe County Community College, Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry, and many more. 

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg's work in Congress visit