This past week, I was in the district meeting with constituents and talking with them about issues of importance to their communities.
On Tuesday, I hosted local manufacturers, business leaders, and educators for a very productive discussion on how we can best meet the employment needs of local manufacturers, including how the Job Opportunities Between our Shores (JOBS) Act and the “Make It In America” agenda would help encourage regional economic growth. We focused on how we can promote workforce development and ways we can work together to develop the most talented, educated, and capable workforce in the world. Participants agreed that we need to train the next generation of workers for jobs that will require an even greater understanding of technology, higher levels of mathematics and principles of engineering. In order to address this challenge, I recently introduced the JOBS Act, which would support educational partnerships between community colleges and advanced manufacturing firms so workers can attain the skills they need to earn more money and meet the needs of local employers. To learn more about the JOBS Act and Make It In America agenda, click here.
Earlier that morning, I met with students from Leonardtown High School to discuss the importance of fiscal responsibility, the federal deficit and how it will impact their generation. I met with the students after they sent me letters about the issue of fiscal responsibility. These young people have a unique understanding of the problems we face as a country. What we are doing in Congress to address those challenges will have a very real effect on their future, so I was very impressed that they took the initiative to reach out to me, and I look forward to hearing from them and other young people as we continue to determine the best way forward for our Nation.
On Wednesday, I joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, officials at Bowie State University, and local educators, for a TEACH Campaign Town Hall to discuss the importance of teaching and teacher recruitment. Investing in education has long been a priority in Maryland, and I believe that helping our children excel in their education is not only the right thing to do, but also crucial to our sustained economic recovery and competitiveness. Our future as a Nation depends on the hard work of our teachers and educators, who consistently work to strengthen education policies, improve student performance, and provide our children with the knowledge and the tools to help them succeed. I was pleased to be included in this event, and look forward to working together to ensure that we continue to attract the best and the brightest to the teaching profession.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you, and please continue to share your concerns and insights with me by contacting my office.