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Local lawmaker co-chairs education caucus

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (03/18/14) - There are more than three million job openings across the United States and more than twelve million people looking for work.

The problem, according to Pennsylvania Congressman Glenn Thompson, is the lack of training available for people who are looking to fill open positions.

That's why he co-chairs the bi-partisan Career and Technical Education Caucus in the House.

"It addresses unemployment, it picks people up and brings them out of poverty, it gives them a chance to grow for greater opportunity," Thompson said.

The caucus was created to discuss and fight for pieces of legislation that would help fill open jobs by funding training and certification programs. It's a fight, that Thompson says, is critical.

"The best way to address unemployment, and there are lots of folks who are unemployed, underemployed," Thompson said, "is to make sure they have a pathway to access the training and education, in order to get the skills and certification to fill existing jobs."

Until recently, only the U.S. House of Representatives had a Career and Technical Education Caucus. Now, the Senate has created one, too.

The House has passed more than 50 bills dealing with unemployment in the United States.

Thompson hopes, now that the Senate has created its own caucus, that the chambers can work together to pass pieces of legislation and get people back to work.

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