News from Representative Tom Emmer


Dear Friend,

Friday was National Manufacturing Day and yesterday marked the end of Minnesota Manufacturing Week. As one of the main drivers of the economy, manufacturing generates billions of dollars in revenue each year for Minnesota, and provides an impressive 292,000 manufacturing jobs for Minnesotans across the state. Altogether, 33 percent of Minnesota’s total workforce is connected to the manufacturing lifeblood of the state.

Currently, our state and nation is facing a skills gap crisis that has shown no signs of slowing down, and the tech sector is desperately looking for more employees. In fact, the United States is expected to have 1.8 million unfilled tech jobs by 2024, which - left unfilled - would have detrimental consequences for our nation.

That’s why I am a cosponsor of the CHANCE in TECH Act. Legislation like this aims to combat the skills gap crisis in the tech sector by fostering the creation of private-public partnerships and establish new apprenticeship programs that will give the generation of tomorrow the tools they need to bring the United States into the 21st century and beyond. 

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Congressman Emmer hosting his annual Young Women Leadership Program at Metal Craft in Elk River, Minnesota. Metal Craft is a facility that specializes in medical and surgical instrument manufacturing.

I was also proud to vote for the American Manufacturing Leadership Act, which reauthorizes and extends the Manufacturing USA program at the Department of Commerce. This program is a public-private partnership between governments, universities and industry focused on manufacturing innovation and facilitating collaboration across federal agencies in implementing advanced manufacturing initiatives.

Finally, I along with several of my colleagues sent a letter in support of the Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) proposal - issued by the Department of Labor - which would help to expand apprenticeship programs in industries currently lacking training. Importantly, this program recognizes the value and preserves existing apprenticeship programs such as the ones in the construction and building trades. 

As a member of the Manufacturing Caucus, I am committed to ensuring that Congress is focused on manufacturing friendly policies. I have long supported and worked to expand technical education, such as apprenticeship programs in order to better align the next generation’s workforce with the industry. We must focus on workforce development and training of trades, which are so crucial to our future success. I am proud to support manufacturing day in our country, but I want to make it clear that in Minnesota every day is Manufacturing Day! 

Sincerely,


TONIGHT:

Please join me at my town hall in Blaine tonight. We will begin at 7:00PM at the Blaine City Hall located at 10801 Town Square Dr NE, Blaine, MN 55449. Call my district office if you have any questions at 763-241-6848. I hope to see you there! 

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