LARSON, NEAL INTRODUCE BILL TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO JOBS FOR PARENTS
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Ranking Member Richard Neal (MA-01) in introducing the Improving Access to Good Jobs for Parents Act in the Ways and Means Committee as an amendment to the JOBS for Success Act (H.R. 5861) reauthorizing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The amendment is aimed at ensuring that parents who receive TANF gain the skills and training that will allow them to gain long-term economic security.
“I am proud to support my friend and colleague Mr. Neal’s amendment, the Improving Access to Good Jobs for Parents Act (H.R. 5888). Nationally, 92 percent of TANF recipients are single-parents and there are nearly 10,000 TANF single-parent families in Connecticut. This amendment will invest $1 billion annually into helping TANF recipients gain the workforce development skills they need to get ahead by incentivizing partnerships with workforce development programs like those in the First District run by Goodwin College and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). Institutions like CCAT and Goodwin College in East Hartford are already providing innovative programs in workforce development targeted at helping these same populations.
“Goodwin College’s student population is mostly female, many of whom are single-mothers working to better themselves for the sake of their children through the unique education and training support Goodwin offers. CCAT convenes a partnership of manufacturing employers and helps ensure their employees are linked to bus lines and daycares. We should be investing in forward-thinking programs like those at Goodwin College and CCAT if we are serious about helping parents get good jobs, which is exactly what this amendment would do. While I am disappointed that the Republican JOBS for Success Act passed out of committee without adopting any Democratic amendment, including our Improving Access to Good Jobs for Parents Act, I am glad that Chairman Brady agreed workforce training and development are areas of bipartisan interest for TANF. I look forward to working with my colleagues to make this a reality,” said Larson.