Those who enlist to fight for America are promised the sun and the moon. Some are promised schooling, others are told that they will be set for life when it comes to benefits, and more. Still, past all of that, many of our men and women return home to a society that not only no longer has the respect to stand for what they gave, but who find that there is nothing for them to return to.
That scenario will end if Senators Tom Cotton (R- AR ) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) have any say in the matter, the Free Beacon reports. They have introduced the VALOR Act which will open the door to apprenticeships for those who gave so much to all of us, making sure they are finally taken care of.
As it stands now, “private apprenticeship training programs in multiple states are required to register with each state’s approval agency” and that makes mounds of paperwork. For that reason, the programs only run in a select number of states and are often not offered to veterans who could make even more paperwork for them.
As Trump has said, over-regulation and hurdles towards America’s goal of stopping outsourcing/insourcing must be removed, and Cotton and Tillis heard the call.
The Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act that they endorse would put an end to that by “streamlining” the entire process. “To make employers register their apprenticeship programs in every single state they operate in is a needlessly burdensome requirement,” said Cotton, confronting the obvious.
“It also has the perverse effect of making it harder to hire veterans. This legislation will cut through the red tape and help put more veterans in apprenticeship programs,” the Senator from Arkansas added.
“Hiring veterans in the private sector should be as easy as possible, and Congress needs to do its part to increase opportunities for veterans in our workforce,” stated Tillis, co-sponsor of the bill.”
He continued by saying, “It is unnecessary to force businesses to register in every state of operation, and the VALOR Act is commonsense legislation that will reduce this burdensome requirement so apprenticeship programs will be more accessible to veterans.”
For once, Democrats and Republicans agree because, in the House, representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA), Jodey Arrington (R-TX), and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) introduced “companion legislation” to make this effort become a reality.
“Apprenticeship programs allow veterans to gain skills needed for 21st-century jobs. Something as simple as paperwork should not stop employers from hiring veterans,” opined Khanna. “The VALOR Act would remove administrative hurdles and offer more apprenticeship to veterans.”
“Given the tremendous sacrifice our veterans have made for our country, we should do everything we can to ensure they have access to good jobs,” said Arrington. “The VALOR Act eliminates needless burden and bureaucracy in the transition of our veterans from deployment to employment.”
Lastly, O’Rourke declared that “Making apprenticeships more accessible is always a win-win for our veterans and our businesses. Doing so through the VALOR Act is a golden opportunity to support those transitioning from active duty to civilian life in El Paso, throughout Texas, and across the country, as they look to build on their skillset for our 21st-century workforce.”
Not only are the Senators quite right with each word spoken, but it is to our shame as a nation that we have allowed this to even be the case thus far. How many other instances of over-regulation shall we find as the swamp is drained?
Source: The Free Beacon