Rep. Wild Secures Funding to Create Jobs, Invest in Community, Workforce Development
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) announced House passage of nearly $12 billion in funding for projects to invest in local job creation and community support services that will be critical to rebuilding her district’s local economy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Never before have investments in our workforce been more critical. A down-payment on our economic future, this funding focuses on lifting Americans out of poverty and building our economy from the bottom up,” Wild said. “Right now, we need well-trained nurses to keep guiding us through this public health crisis, accessible early childhood education programs, and strong community action programs that support the food banks, community shelters, career services, and homeownership counseling people need now more than ever. This funding will go directly to programs to help address those urgent needs in our community, uplift our workers and families, and help get our economy back on track.”
Wild played a key role in securing this crucial funding by formally requesting the House Appropriations Committee include the following items in the Labor - Health and Human Services funding bill that passed the House last week.
- Nursing Workforce Development: This bill provides $270 million to support the supply and distribution of qualified nurses to meet our nation's healthcare needs. These workforce development programs address nursing education, practice, retention, and recruitment at all levels, from entry-level preparation through graduate study, and provide support for institutions that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved communities.
- YouthBuild: This bill provides $101 million for YouthBuild, a critical program that provides a pathway to a productive adulthood for thousands of disadvantaged youth in 250 of America’s poorest communities.
- Head Start: This bill provides $10.8 billion to Head Start programs to support the workforce, addresses the impacts of childhood trauma, and provide much-needed education, health and economic development services to America’s most vulnerable children and families.
- Community Service Block Grants: This bill provides $775 million for the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) program to help create local economic opportunity and reduce poverty.