GOP senators to vote on ‘Education Jobs Act’

The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a “jobs act” that would provide states with $3 billion in aid to boost the number of apprenticeships and training programs available.

Senate Republicans are expected to offer the bill to Democrats, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has not yet indicated whether he would sign on.

“This is a big deal, and I’m going to vote for it,” Schumer told reporters after the bill’s introduction Thursday.

The bill would provide the funds to “support apprenticeships, training, and other career opportunities that train Americans for new jobs,” according to a press release from the senator’s office.

Schumer has called for a “pro-growth” apprenticeship program that he said would allow more Americans to learn to work in their communities.

The $3.3 billion will help states with a total $1.6 trillion in total state funding over the next 10 years. 

It is part of a package of tax relief and spending increases that Senate Democrats and Republicans have been working toward.

Republicans are expected take a break from their work on the legislation during the week, but Schumer says he wants to get it passed.

“We have to get this done, and we have to pass it,” he said.

Schiff says the legislation will create 3 million jobs over 10 years, which will increase economic growth and allow more American workers to get an education.