Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOvernight Defense: Guardsman to testify Lafayette Square clearing was 'unprovoked escalation' | Dems push for controversial Pentagon nominee to withdraw | Watchdog says Pentagon not considering climate change risks to contractors Democrats urge controversial Pentagon policy nominee to withdraw Chamber of Commerce, banking industry groups call on Senate to pass corporate diversity bill MORE (D-Ohio) praised President Obama’s initiative to improve worker training, but said Congress can do more to help by passing his bill. 

“The administration’s initiative is an important step towards addressing our country’s skills gap,” Brown said. “Congress can continue this progress by passing my bipartisan legislation which would strengthen job training efforts.”


Brown’s comments came after Obama announced an executive order Wednesday for a $600 million program to train U.S. workers for well-paid, middle-class jobs. It’s part of the administration’s efforts to address wealth inequality in America.

Brown said more could be done to address the issue if Congress passed his Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act, which helps the unemployed acquire the skills for high-tech jobs in their region.

“By partnering local employers in one industry with colleges, workforce boards, and labor unions, we can ensure a clusters-based job growth strategy that improves our economic competitiveness while reducing the unemployment rate,” Brown said. 

Obama’s plan is similar and would provide grants to community colleges, employers and industries with job training programs.