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Putting People on Career Pathways Should Be Focus of Safety Net Improvements, Engler Tells House Ways and Means

Business Roundtable ‘wholeheartedly shares’ Committee commitment to helping people find and retain employment

In testimony today at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on “Moving America’s Families Forward: Setting Priorities for Reducing Poverty and Expanding Opportunity,” Business Roundtable President John Engler said:

“America’s business leaders believe that our nation is not adequately preparing its citizens for success in the workforce.

"First, reforms should focus on putting people on pathways to work. We need to prepare them for careers, not just jobs. … Second, we need to create a more efficient system for delivering government assistance that is flexible and that allows people to find and keep employment. …

“Business Roundtable employers have a great interest in ensuring more Americans enter the workforce with the preparation and skills they need to succeed. We are eager to continue working with Congress and all other stakeholders to further this goal.

“We are also eager to continue working with Congress to empower the states and local communities, helping develop the strategies that can bring more Americans into the workforce to support themselves and their families.”

Read the full testimony here.

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