CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire has introduced her first bill in the new congressional session, an act that would provide grants to support partnerships between community or technical colleges and workforce development groups to train people for jobs.
The Gateway to Careers Act would support people who are unemployed or underemployed. It would also provide support for job-seekers also dealing with housing issues, mental and substance use disorder treatment, health insurance coverage, career counseling, child care, transportation, and guidance in accessing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs.
Hassan reintroduced the bill Tuesday, along with U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a fellow Democrat, and Republican U.S. Sens. Todd Young of Indiana and Susan Collins of Maine.
“As we continue combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we must have policies in place to help rebuild and grow our economy,” Hassan said in a statement. “The bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act will support those efforts by strengthening job training and removing barriers that prevent too many people from participating in our workforce, while also giving innovative businesses the skilled workers that they need to thrive. “