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National Taxpayers Union urges allRepresentatives to vote “NO” on H.R. 8294, the “National Apprenticeship Act.”Though well-intentioned, NTU believes H.R. 8294 would expand the size of the federalbureaucracy, increase spending without offsets, and prohibit innovativeapprenticeship programs provided by the private sector from being granteligible. Instead of a partisan proposal, we hope lawmakers work on abipartisan approach that helps both workers and employers without saddlingtaxpayers with more debt.

NTU is supportive of policies that removebarriers to employment or make it easier for businesses to hire workers. Forexample, NTU supports legislation to expand 529 education savings accounts sothat families can use these funds on apprenticeship programs. Additionally, NTUsupports legislation prohibiting regulations similar to the National LaborRelations Board’s “joint employer” rule, and terminating Project LaborAgreements so more Americans can participate in construction projects. Theseharmful requirements limit a business’s ability to reach their full potentialto grow their workforce.

These proposals share one thing in common:reducing the size and influence of government on the private sector.Unfortunately, H.R. 8294 would expand the size of government through a topdown, one-size-fits-all approach by the federal government though more redtape. Most concerning, however, H.R. 8294 would authorize an increase inspending of nearly $3.9 billion over the ten year budget window, according tothe Congressional Budget Office. While $3.9 billion over a decade might soundinsignificant when measured against the multi-trillion federal budget deficit,it is still poor fiscal management to spend taxpayer dollars withoutoffsets.

In addition to the concerning fiscalramifications, H.R. 8294 excludes the Department of Labor’s Industry RecognizedApprenticeship Program (IRAP) rule from being grant-eligible. NTU is supportiveof the IRAP as the program is meant to expand accessibility to apprenticeshipsand diversify the types of industries that make use of flexible apprenticeshipsthough the private sector. While the IRAP rule is relatively new and it is tooearly to determine how successful it is, so far dozens of businesses haveenrolled in the program. As such, it makes little sense to exclude a programthat could prove to be a resounding success.

Roll call votes on H.R. 8294 will be includedin NTU’s annual Rating of Congress and a “NO” vote will be considered thepro-taxpayer position.

If you have any questions, please contact NTUPolicy and Government Affairs Manager Thomas Aiello atThomas.Aiello@ntu.org