ALEXANDRIA, Va. – May 23, 2017 – Today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s FY 2018 budget and urging members of Congress to support funding for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) at authorized levels.
“We are disappointed by the Trump administration’s proposal to drastically cut Workforce Innovation and Opportunities (WIOA) Act grants by nearly $1 billion. WIOA is a critical funding source, which allows thousands of individuals to receive the education and training needed to enter in-demand careers like commercial truck and bus driving.
The trucking industry is facing a driver shortage and cuts to programs like WIOA will further exacerbate this problem. WIOA grants help Americans acquire the training needed to obtain a commercial driver’s license, gets people back to work, and keeps our nation’s economy moving forward.
CVTA looks forward to working with Congress to ensure that WIOA is fully funded as authorized.”
The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTAmembers represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism.
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