Our nation has far too many people without jobs, far too many jobs without people to fill them, and as a result, far too many businesses that can’t grow and thrive.
We are calling on elected officials and the federal and state level to take immediate action to help address this national economic crisis.
Closing the jobs gap will require us to:
Join us in advancing the America Works Agenda to put more Americans back to work and help more businesses grow.
Just as with vaccine development, America needs an Operation Warp Speed approach for filling open jobs. This will require government to rethink traditional job training programs and instead engage and support employers as the critical link in successful job training programs.
American workers need current and reliable information about job opportunities and which education programs best prepare students for success. In addition, modernizing education and employment records can improve job search outcomes.
American workers and their employers need new tools and strategies for continually investing in skills and education over a worker’s lifetime that does not result in more debt.
A key to closing the jobs gap is expanding the workforce. There are a variety of barriers government can help remove to enable more Americans to seek employment.
Historically, immigration has helped fuel the American economy. Sensible immigration policies will ensure that the American economy remains the envy of the world where the best and brightest from here and around the world have an opportunity to contribute to a growing and more prosperous America.
The Chamber calls for changes to be made on the issuance of employment-based immigrant visas:
The Chamber calls for changes to be made with respect to the issuance of temporary work visas:
Create a new, geographically targeted visa program, along the lines of the Heartland Visa proposal, that will drive economic and population growth into American communities struggling with the serious economic and social problems caused by significant population loss.
The Chamber will continue to advocate for permanent legislative solutions that address the plight of Dreamers and long-term Temporary Protected Status recipients. These individuals are a part of American society and they make critical contributions in our nation’s workforce. Legislation that provides relief for these two populations is long overdue and should be passed without delay.
There are several regulations and regulatory proposals that will significantly delay or hinder the ability of companies to hire/continue employing foreign national professionals. Eliminating these threats to the business community will prevent otherwise unnecessary business disruptions.