In a statement released on Wednesday, Senate Democrats estimated that the Republican Study Committeeâ€™s bill to roll back funding to FY06 levels would cost the economy one million jobs, despite Republicansâ€™ 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
â€œThe Republicansâ€™ 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,â€ said Sen. Patty Murray (WA). â€œWe need to rein in spending, but we need to do it in a way that will keep America competitive in the 21st century economyâ€”and we canâ€™t allow it to happen on the backs of our workers, our families, or our communities.â€
The statement goes on to say that key education programs would be eliminated entirely, including â€œvocational training,â€ 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!