Lawmakers emphasize need to bolster tech, education in workforce development
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Lawmakers on Wednesday stressed the need to focus on technology and education as drivers of job growth in both the near and long term.

Speaking at The Hill’s “Future of Jobs Summit,” Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) argued that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education will play a key role in shaping the workforce.

“The future is in technology and technology starts with STEM education. It starts at a young age, it starts with a love of learning, and it starts with trying to get young people involved and interested…in science and technology,” he told The Hill’s Steve Clemons.

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Murphy is the ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee’s Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee.

Rep. Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensOvernight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Abortion rights group endorsing 12 House Democrats ahead of midterms House GOP campaign arm hits vulnerable Democrats on inflation in July 4 ad campaign MORE (D-Mich.), who also spoke at the Nokia-sponsored event, said technology-based “jobs of the future” are already available but are often overlooked.

“The jobs are here…we’ve got advanced technology, advanced manufacturing jobs ready for people who have that expertise or that interest,” she said.

Stevens, a co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition Future of Work Task Force, said concerns over future job losses due to automation often distract from employment that’s currently available.

She said while autonomous vehicles may eventually make truck drivers obsolete, people today are “not talking about the open truck driving jobs that we have available right now that need to be filled.”

The lawmakers' remarks come just hours before President BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on MORE is slated to address a joint session of Congress, where he's expected to tout his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal as a way to boost employment in areas like renewable energy, manufacturing and construction.