House Of Representatives Passes National Apprenticeship Act
The U.S. House of Representatives voted, prior to leaving Washington for the Thanksgiving Break, to pass H.R. 8294, The National Apprenticeship Act of 2020. The vote was (246-140) along party lines, with House Democrats voting in favor and House Republicans voting against. Twenty Republican members crossed the aisle to vote in favor of the legislation.
This bill was introduced by Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) in an effort to expand the National Apprenticeship system to include apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, as well as set national labor and welfare standards for apprenticeship programs. Additionally, if passed, the National Apprenticeship Act would codify the structure of the Office of Apprenticeship and the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and authorize dedicated funds for DOL to award apprenticeship grants.