In a statement released on Wednesday, Senate Democrats estimated that the Republican Study Committee’s bill to roll back funding to FY06 levels would cost the economy one million jobs, despite Republicans’ campaign pledge to create jobs. Among the areas that would be slashed are:
- 70,000 teachers and school aides
- 50,000 manufacturing jobs
- 400,000 health care jobs
- 27,500 weatherization jobs
“The Republicans’ plan would lead our country down the path to fewer jobs, fewer services for our veterans and small businesses and fewer opportunities for our students,” said Sen. Patty Murray (WA). “We need to rein in spending, but we need to do it in a way that will keep America competitive in the 21st century economy—and we can’t allow it to happen on the backs of our workers, our families, or our communities.”
The statement goes on to say that key education programs would be eliminated entirely, including “vocational training,” showing that Senate Democrats understand the importance of CTE in helping create jobs and a skilled workforce. Be sure to call your Member of Congress today to make sure they know how vital CTE is for turning around our economy!