Chairwoman Susan Davis Statement on Labor Department’s IRAP Rule

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Washington, March 10, 2020 | comments

WASHINGTON - Rep. Susan Davis, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, released the following statement on the Department of Labor’s final rule on Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs).

“Unlike Registered Apprenticeship programs, IRAPs have no record of success and would simply divert critical tax dollars toward a program that lacks accountability and quality standards.

“Registered Apprenticeship programs have enjoyed bipartisan support and there is a concern that this rule has undermined that support and current efforts to expand and modernized RAs.

“I am still hopeful that reauthorization of the National Apprenticeship can move forward, especially since this rule is likely to face legal challenges and has scant support for funding in Congress.”

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