MassLive - US Rep. Richard Neal offers bill to help provide low-income parents training for in-demand jobs

With jobs across the country going unfilled due, in part, to a lack of skilled workers, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, introduced legislation this week to help low-income parents overcome employment barriers and train for in-demand jobs.

The bill, which Neal, the top Democrat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, filed in the House on Monday, calls for $1 billion in investments to help train parents, who receive cash benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, seek better employment opportunities. 

Known as the "Improving Access to Good Jobs for Parents Act," the Springfield Democrat's proposal looks to invest $900 million in federal formula grants to support collaborations among TANF, workforce development agencies and local partners, like community colleges, that agree to work together in providing job training to low-income parents.

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Brian Muldoon