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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black: SKILLS Act Provides Needed Reforms for Tennessee Workers

July 9, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) voted in support of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (or SKILLS Act) – legislation to revamp the nation's workforce development, job training and employment services system to better coordinate federal, state and local programs and services and place a greater emphasis on education and training. This legislation passed out of the House last year and was again considered today after passage and amendment by the Senate. Congressman Black issued the following statement upon House passage:


“For far too many Tennesseans and Americans, economic opportunity is scarce or non-existent in the Obama economy,” said Congressman Black. “This legislation provides needed reforms to our nation’s job training programs to help eliminate ineffectiveness and deliver results to those that need it most. Training our nation’s workforce should not be a partisan issue, which is why I’m so pleased that the Senate took up and passed this commonsense reform to help American workers. I hope that this marks a fresh start in Congress and that the Senate will now act to bring up the dozens of other bipartisan House passed measures to finally help get Americans back to work.”

Following passage by the House today, this legislation now goes to the President. For more information about this legislation, click here.


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees.