Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today visited Fairfield-based Machintek, Inc., a local contract manufacturer of machined, fabricated, and welded components, where he discussed House Republicans’ focus on solutions that will help grow the economy and allow companies like Machintek to expand and create more jobs.
“I ran a small business, and my attitude today is the same as it always has been – I fight every day for a smaller, less-costly, and more accountable government, so that companies like Machintek can grow their businesses and create jobs right here in our local area,” Boehner said.
“You know, we’re seeing a ‘skills gap’ in this country that’s preventing our workers from getting the skills they need for the 21st century jobs they want. Right now, if you want to acquire new skills to qualify for a good job, you’re up against a job-training system that is a maze of overlapping programs and waste. I heard more about this today during my tour of Machintek. That’s why – as part of Republicans’ long-term jobs plan – we’ve passed the SKILLS Act, a bill that streamlines and strengthens our job-training system to make it more effective for those who need help. I’m urging Senate Democrats to take up this jobs bill and get it passed as soon as possible.”
“I was very impressed with the knowledge Speaker Boehner has about metal manufacturing and fabrication,” Machintek’s president, Roger Hasler, said. “He appeared to feel quite at home around the various work centers. I was happy to hear that Speaker Boehner recognizes there is a shortage of properly trained people, available to hire, in our industry and that we need better training. As manufacturing continues its resurgence in the U.S., we will certainly have a need for expanding our employment.”
NOTE: The SKILLS Act (H.R. 803), introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R – North Carolina), was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 15, 2013. It is one of dozens of House-passed bills that would help create jobs and foster opportunity.