Tag: jobs

Minding the Skills Gap

As you have likely heard me mention, manufacturing is one of the two main drivers of our economy here in Minnesota’s Sixth District. My staff and I interact with manufacturers from our district every week. One thing we constantly hear is concern about the ability to fill vacant positions, particularly when it comes to skilled production work.

Somehow, we have gotten to this place where most American students think the only path forward in life or the only way to be deemed “successful” is to go to a four-year university. With this mindset, kids graduating high school are seemingly avoiding two-year colleges, tech schools, union apprenticeships, or other training much to the detriment of the crucial trades that keep our country’s economy humming.
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Toward Responsible Energy Independence

These days it seems everywhere you turn you can find someone on the left saying that President Trump has done nothing since taking office. While many of us can point to countless areas to prove this is simply not the case, one issue at the top of the list is the President’s efforts in the energy arena.

Four days after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order indicating he was committed to fulfilling his campaign promises through the advancements of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. Read More

Renewing the American Spirit

Last night, President Trump continued the message he campaigned on – that it is time to Make America Great Again. I am confident we will deliver on that promise. Most importantly, I was pleased to see the President’s optimism about the future of this nation. This is something that I share.

With the theme of “the renewal of the American spirit,” President Trump made it clear that he is looking to harness the energy and passion of everyday Americans and work to build a stronger, more united, and more prosperous country.
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Make America Build Again

The first week under the Trump Administration was full speed ahead as President Trump worked to fulfill his campaign promises to undo the disastrous policies of the last eight years. He signed an order to secure our border and strengthen our immigration system. He stood for life, worked to shrink the federal government, and eased the regulatory burdens hurting American families.

Additionally, he has shown his commitment to our nation’s energy independence. This week, President Trump signed an executive action to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. I have long been a supporter of the construction of these pipelines – so much so, that my first speech on the House Floor on January 8th, 2015 was to urge the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.
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