Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush’s Bill Overwhelmingly Passes Republican Majority House

Feb 29, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) brought home another victory for his constituents and underrepresented Americans in the energy and manufacturing fields as his bill, H.R. 4583, To promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce, passed in the House on a suspension vote — a practice typically reserved for noncontroversial legislation that requires a two-third majority to pass.

“Today, the American public witnessed a House united in creating economic growth for all people,” said Rush. “Here we have bipartisan Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee who represent various constituencies from diverse regions of the country and who come with different political persuasions. We were able to put aside our differences and focus our efforts on bringing forth a jobs bill that will benefit all communities and help lift up the entire American economy.”

H.R. 4583 provides a pathway to employment for minorities and other historically underrepresented communities in the energy sector. The bill is a bipartisan effort to create a comprehensive strategy for initiating collaboration between the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Labor, as well as industry, schools, community colleges, universities, workforce development organizations and other stakeholders in order to engage, inform, train and recruit minorities for the energy jobs of the present and future.

Additionally, this important legislation will help increase outreach to minority-serving educational institutions to ensure that the wealth of existing resources at the Department of Energy, including the national research laboratories, are made available to these worthy establishments.

It will also provide additional outreach to displaced and unemployed energy and manufacturing workers, with the objective of improving the opportunities for these candidates to find employment. The 21st Century Workforce Act is a prime example of how, by working together for the betterment of our country, the federal government can effectively help lift up communities, while also securing the United States’ future in the energy and manufacturing sectors.