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STATEMENT: Rep. Khanna Says Funding Needs to Match Rhetoric on Apprenticeship Executive Order

June 15, 2017
Press Release
Apprenticeships are key for the digital economy

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement on President Trump signing an executive order to massively expand apprenticeship programs:

“Today’s announcement by the White House to create 5 million apprenticeships in the next decade is an aspirational goal. I see this pledge as a way for Congress, the White House, and employers to come together and find new ways to give working families the economic security they deserve. But in order to achieve a 10-fold increase in apprenticeships—from 500,000 to 5 million—the President has to match his rhetoric with funding. His proposed increase to the apprenticeship program is not enough, and the cuts in other parts of the Department of Labor programs undermine his goal.

“It’s also important for the president to remember that apprenticeship and workforce development is more than just for the manufacturing industry. Apprenticeship and workforce development programs cross all sectors of our economy. Any apprenticeship model should include ways to give workers the skills to excel in the 21st century digital economy."

Rep. Khanna recently told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Trump’s budget request to Congress misses an opportunity to support tech jobs and economic development.


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About the CA-17 Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.