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August 1, 2018
Preparing our Workforce
           Congressman Langevin with an employee at Jade Manufacturing

Dear Friends,

Since the 2008 recession, I have been hearing the same concern from Rhode Island business owners: they’re unable to find skilled workers to fill open positions, and it’s hurting their companies. This skills gap impedes economic growth and prevents workers from finding jobs. As a co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, one of my top priorities is strengthening our CTE programs so that students graduate career-ready and equipped with the necessary skills to join the workforce.

That’s why I am pleased to report that after years of work, Congress has approved an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which funds important CTE programs in Rhode Island and across the country. Just yesterday, this bipartisan legislation, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, was signed into law by the President.

I was a coauthor of the bill, and it includes several of my policy priorities, including expanding access to apprenticeships and providing support for career counselors. The bill also increases federal investment and realigns our CTE programs to better match industry needs by bringing businesses in as stakeholders during program development. We have a proud tradition in this country of local control of education, and it is important that federal assistance reflects the immediate needs of the community.

Many students will take an educational journey that culminates in a four-year college degree. Others will find that a two-year degree or certificate program appeals to them. Still others will plan on leaving high school to start their careers. What’s important is that we give students the opportunity to choose by investing in all of these pathways and offering guidance as to which option is right for them. The new law the President signed yesterday will help both students and employers in our state, and I was proud to play a part in its passage.

For more information on career and technical education, and for updates on many other issues, please visit my website and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin with local members of Moms Demand Action
Keeping Gun Dealers Honest
I was proud to receive the support of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, and several other Rhode Island leaders and advocates as we called on Congress to finally address the gun violence epidemic and pass my Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act. This legislation will increase accountability measures on the bad-acting gun dealers that are the source of the vast majority of guns used in violent crime in the United States.
 
Congressman Langevin speaks in front of the Providence Fire Department's new rescue vehicle
Funding for Firefighters
Rhode Island fire departments in Narragansett and in the Woonasquatucket Fire League recently received nearly one million dollars in federal funding through an important grant program. Recently, I had the opportunity to join the Providence Fire Department to showcase their new rescue ambulance, which also received federal support. We owe so much to our first responders, and I’m proud to support programs in Congress that help better protect them.
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