Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Introduces Legislation to Prepare Our Workforce for a 21st Century Economy
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Friday introduced legislation designed to expand the training and tools available to the transportation workforce in order to proactively combat rapid changes in the American economy. The bill, known as the Transportation Workforce Modernization Act, tasks the Department of Transportation to create a new $25 million grant program, which would provide job training for workers displaced by the adoption of autonomous vehicles.
“Changes to our economy are inevitable, and we would be committing a grave mistake by ignoring the effects that they will have on workers,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “The Transportation Modernization Act is an opportunity to combine smart, practical policy with the ingenuity of our best and brightest institutions to develop the coursework needed to bring our workforce into the 21st Century. This legislation is not just an effort to reposition our economy on a large scale but an effort to ensure that American workers aren’t left behind when their livelihoods are threatened.”
Among other provisions, it would also direct the Government Accountability Office to study the impact of driverless vehicle adoption on the nation’s workforce, wage and job loss, new job creation, and the resulting changes to the transportation sector.
A copy of the bill can be read here.
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