Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition Advocacy Ramps Up

September 14, 2023

Advocacy by the Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition is gaining momentum right as Congress returns from summer recess. The more than 600 member organizations that have joined are making notable progress in their support for the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act led by Representatives Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) in the House, alongside Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) in the Senate.

The Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act gained its first new cosponsor in the Senate since its introduction in March. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) joined very recently, which moves the Senate bill closer to an even bipartisan split.

With government funding set to run out at the end of this month and no deal yet in place to avoid a shutdown, the Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition has a brief window of opportunity before the unfortunate-but-likely government shutdown to make a loud statement in Congress.  The Coalition plans to use that opportunity to deliver a sign-on letter to Congress on Tuesday, September 19. The signatory list already includes more than 90 percent of coalition members.

Organizations can still join the coalition and sign on to the letter.

The Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act seeks to broaden economic opportunities by extending the coverage of 529 savings plans to include postsecondary training and credentialing programs. This expansion would provide tax-advantaged resources for career development and non-traditional educational paths.

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