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NRCA Action Alert: Support CTE Reform Legislation


November 2016

NRCA supports legislation (H.R. 5587) approved by the House to reform and improve career and technical education (CTE) programs to make them more responsive to the roofing industry's workforce development needs. NRCA urges you to immediately contact your senators and urge them to pass this legislation in the Senate before the end of 2016.

Given that workforce development is one of the greatest challenges facing NRCA members, in 2015 NRCA and allied groups developed policy recommendations designed to improve CTE programs authorized by the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. These recommendations include expanded opportunities for work-based learning, greater collaboration between employers and educators in designing programs to meet industry needs, and additional funding for CTE programs. NRCA is pleased H.R. 5587, as approved by the House of Representatives on a vote of 405-5 in September, includes its recommended reforms.

NRCA believes passage of H.R. 5587 is essential to reforming existing CTE programs, which have proven ineffective in helping the roofing industry address its workforce needs in recent decades. The reforms in this legislation are vital to make programs operated under the Perkins Act more responsive to employer needs in the future. As such, it is critical the Senate approve this bipartisan legislation before it adjourns for the year.

Take Action Now

NRCA has urged senators to take up and approve H.R. 5587 when lawmakers reconvene after the Nov. 8 elections. NRCA needs your help to convey its message to your senators now.

Contact Your Senators

Take Action by Email:

Dear Senator ___________,

As one of your constituents, I urge you support Senate passage of H.R. 5587, legislation that was approved by the House in September, before adjourning for the year.

Workforce development is one of the greatest challenges facing roofing contractors today, and current inability to find sufficient works is limiting economic growth in our industry.

H.R. 5587 contains reforms designed to make career and technical education (CTE) programs more effective in meeting the workforce needs of the roofing industry in the future. It is vital the Senate approves H.R. 5587 before adjourning for 2016. Please contact Senate leaders and urge them to approve H.R. 5587.

Thank you for your consideration of this issue of great importance to the roofing industry.

Best Regards,
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To email the above letter to your senators, click here, find your senators' websites, copy and paste the message above, and send via email:

If you don't know the names of your senators, you may find them at the link above by selecting your state in the upper right-hand corner.

Take Action by Phone:

If you prefer to call your senators, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121, ask for the offices of your senators and convey the following points to the staff person who answers:
  • H.R. 5587 contains reforms designed to make career and technical education (CTE) programs more effective in meeting the workforce needs of the roofing industry in the future.

  • Workforce development is one of the greatest challenges facing roofing contractors, and current inability to find sufficient works is limiting economic growth in our industry.

  • It is vital the U.S. Senate approve H.R. 5587 before adjourning for 2016.

  • Please contact Senate leaders and urge them to approve H.R. 5587.
You may refer them to NRCA's Washington, D.C., office at the number below for more information. You also may contact your senators by calling or visiting closest in-state office.

For assistance, please call NRCA's Washington, D.C., office by contacting Duane Musser or Nathan Pick at (202) 546-7584 or dmusser@nrca.net or npick@nrca.net.

Thank you for taking the time to contact your lawmakers. Remember, grassroots communications with members of Congress are critical to supplementing NRCA's efforts in Washington, D.C., on issues of importance to the roofing industry.



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