Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Investigation and Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss how to maintain and expand the market for high-skilled, high-paying jobs here in the United States. Subcommittee Members reviewed the nation’s competitiveness in a global economy by surveying the efficacy of past and current efforts to assist dislocated workers and communities.
“We need to understand how our scientific, technological, and educational knowledge can be applied effectively to ensure that our citizens and our communities can look forward to a secure and prosperous future in this globalized economy,” said Subcommittee Chairman Brad Miller (D-NC).
Subcommittee Members heard testimony regarding: the impact on workers and communities when jobs move abroad; problems with the current program of Trade Adjustment Assistance in supporting workers whose jobs have been sent off-shore; successes of using community colleges, working with local businesses, to retrain displaced workers; and the need for rethinking our approach to global trade if high-paying employment and a good standard of living are to remain key economic policy goals for the country.
American Decline or Renewal? (Part I): Globalizing Jobs and Technology