Rep. Wild Secures Funding for Workforce Development and Worker Protection for Greater Lehigh Valley

June 21, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) announced House passage over $3 billion in funding for projects that will help businesses and manufacturers develop their workforce and increase skilled workers in Pennsylvania’s Seventh district. The funding also includes funding for the (OSHA) to improve workplace safety standards.

“When it came time to prioritize funding in our federal budget, I made sure our local economy in Greater Lehigh Valley was my top focus,” Wild said. “Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve heard from working families and industry leaders that on what they need to keep Greater Lehigh Valley’s booming economy booming. Maintaining the American tradition of keeping good-paying jobs at home, and ensuring workers’ rights are protected so they can work and retire with dignity is why I came to Washington. I am thrilled that this funding will go to critical programs that directly benefit our community and our workers.”

“The National Job Corps Association applauds the work of Congresswoman Wild in helping to secure a much-needed funding increase for the Job Corps program in the FY20 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill,” said the National Jobs Corps Association.  “Job Corps helps tens of thousands of at-risk young adults every year to complete their high school education and transition into higher education, a gainful career, or military service.  This program is essential to communities across the country and its great work will continue thanks to committed champions like Congresswoman Wild. We thank her for her support.”

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 this week. 

  • Nursing Workforce Development: The bill totals $249 million in funding which includes $77.5 million for the Advanced Education Nursing Workforce Program, $20 million for the Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Program, $43.5 million for the Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program, $18 million for the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program, and $90 million for the NURSE Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment. 
  • Job Corps: This bill funds Job Corps at $1.8 billion—an increase of $150 million from the enacted FY19 level and $853 million more than the Administration’s FY20 request.
  • OSHA: This bill funds OSHA at $660 million—an increase of $103 million from the enacted FY19 level.
  • Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program - This bill funds the CHGME program at $350 million—an increase of $25 million from the enacted FY19 level.  The Administration seeks to zero out the program altogether in its proposed FY20 budget.