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Senate Competitiveness Caucus Looks at Changing Labor Market

Coons speaks on American competitiveness (Photo courtesy of Coons' office).

After the final vote of the week on Thursday, several senators stuck around to speak on the country’s labor market and how it competes globally.  

Co-chairman of the Senate Competitiveness Caucus, Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., teamed up with the Council on Competitiveness for a briefing on how the changing labor market presents both challenges and opportunities for America’s workers.  

“We all know then that American business, to be competitive in a far more difficult environment, we need the skills and the resources in our workforce to compete and we need the ideas, the policy ideas, to help them to do so,” Coons said at the event.  

“Just last week, I was at the World Economic Forum and was struck at how broadly, around the world, this issue is dominating conversations. If we have the illusion that our competitors aren’t also tirelessly trying to solve this, we are wrong,” he said.  

Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Angus King, I-Maine, are also members of the caucus and spoke at the event. Baldwin and Coons are the leaders on the Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative, which encourages introducing bipartisan, pro-manufacturing bills.  

"Republicans don’t have all the answers, just as Democrats don’t either," Baldwin said at the event. "The only way we meet the challenges we face effectively, is if we have strong public-private partnerships that are supported by a Congress working across party lines."  

King, alongside Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act this year to ensure students have access to digital learning outside the classroom. At the event, he spoke on the homework gap and bridging the digital divide for rural and low-income students.  

The Senate Competitiveness Caucus was founded last summer and has 12 members, from both sides of the aisle.  

Also at the event, the council released their report, entitled “Work,” which is a compilation of research on how to thrive in a global economy and win the skills battle. The council is a non-partisan organization focused on the advancement of U.S. competitiveness.

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