April 5 - In the Republican response, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott promotes the SKILLS act, which he says would help people get the skills they need to fill available jobs. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In the weekly Republican address, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott advocated for the SKILLS Act, which was rejected by Senate Democrats this week. "There are currently 4 million open jobs in America, including 65,000 in my home state of South Carolina. These are good jobs that for a variety of reason, including a lack of workers trained for their specific industry, go unfilled day after day, week after week," said Scott. He says the SKILLS Act would help create a more efficient system through which the unemployed could get the training they needed. "Instead of having 35 separate federal workforce training programs with expensive overhead and administrative costs, let's simplify them into one flexible Workforce Investment Fund. Instead of throwing billions of dollars each year at these programs with no measurable end results, let's give states and localities the flexibility they need to develop targeted plans to help low-income families, young folks, those with disabilities and of course the unemployed, the long-term unemployed and the underemployed. And instead of watching 4 million jobs sit empty, let's make sure those who want to work are learning the skills they need to succeed," said Scott. He accused the Democrats of blocking passage of the SKILLS Act for "political reasons."