Tammy Duckworth Intros Bipartisan Bill to Help Vets Get Energy Sector Jobs
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on Wednesday introduced bipartisan legislation to help ease the transition back to civilian life for servicemembers and strengthen the economy by connecting employers in fast-growing solar, wind, nuclear, and cyber energy industries with talented, highly-skilled veterans who possess the needed training and credentials. Joined by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), the Energy Jobs for our Heroes Act would direct the Department of Energy to partner with the Department of Defense to develop the “Energy Ready Vets Program” to provide veterans with training and credentials to secure good paying jobs in the low-carbon and zero-carbon emissions sectors of the energy industry. The program would be led by an Administrator with military experience and offer veterans and members of the Armed Forces six-month internships to gain hands-on training and skills. It would also establish a labeling program that recognizes companies that are hiring graduates of these programs in order to encourage them to hire veterans. During a Senate committee hearing in March, Duckworth received a commitment from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to work on advancing this legislation. More here.