H. R. 72
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 5, 2011
Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
To authorize the Secretary of Labor to make grants to States, units of local government, and Indian tribes to carry out employment training programs.
This Act may be cited as the
New Jobs for America Act of
Compensated employment training grants
Subject to the availability of appropriations for such funds, the Secretary of Labor shall make grants to States, units of local government, and Indian tribes to carry out the activities described in subsection (b).
Use of funds
A recipient of a grant under this Act shall use the grant for the following purposes:
To seek out unemployed individuals struggling financially whose prior training consisted of skills necessary for a faltering or dying industry.
To create compensated training programs that offer training in emerging markets and industries (such as green technologies).
To partner with historically Black colleges and universities and Hispanic serving colleges and universities along with local community college systems to create innovative retraining programs for minorities focused on retooling workers for jobs in the growth sectors of healthcare, biotech, and information technology.
To partner with cities and non-profit organizations to provide apprenticeships and internships.
To provide compensation to participants in training programs to temporarily aide in their financial distress.
To provide access to public healthcare programs for participants.
To create training programs for ex-offenders in an effort to reduce recidivism.
To aide newly trained participants in securing employment within the field of their newly acquired expertise.
As a condition of receiving a grant under this Act, a grant recipient shall—
comply with nondiscrimination standards of the Civil Rights Act;
allocate not less than 80 percent of the funding allocated under the grant to wages, benefits, and support activities, including child care services to individuals receiving compensated training under such a grant; and
institute a program to aide newly trained participants in securing employment in their new area of expertise.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this Act.