Congressional Letter: In Support of Carl D. Perkins Reauthorization

Advocacy News
June 26, 2018
By Laurie Crigler, PHCC-National Association President (2017-2018)

The congressional letter below was sent June 26, 2018 in support of Carl D. Perkins Reauthorization. For more information contact

The Honorable Lamar Alexander, Chairman
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Patty Murray, Ranking Member
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC), greatly appreciates the work of the Senate Health, Education Labor & Pension Committee toward reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act – designed to help Americans develop the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.  We also commend the Members of the Committee for their bipartisan approach.

Employers continue to report a shortage of skilled workers to fill in-demand positions. Modernized and relevant career and technical education (CTE) programs, designed with the input of employers and responsive to the needs identified by labor market data, are central to overcoming this skills gap.

The United States faces a workforce shortage crisis that not only negatively impacts the construction trades, but also exacerbates the problem of rebuilding the country’s compromised infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2017 Infrastructure Report. The report notes that “drinking water is delivered via one million miles of pipes across the country” and that “there are still an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the United States, wasting over two trillion gallons of treated drinking water.” Ultimately, we need to leverage all the resources we can find to combat this national crisis of too few skilled workers within our industry over the next decade and beyond to address both challenges.

We are pleased with the steady increase in funding levels from 2019 to 2024 and we echo the thoughts of the Association for Career & Technical Education:

“We believe it is important to have a clear, coherent federal policy that vigilantly focuses on improving career and technical education (CTE) programs around the country, and that seamlessly aligns planning, spending and accountability systems to ensure all students have access to high-quality CTE. Our goals for reauthorization include streamlining current requirements to focus on the essential elements that drive CTE student achievement, and creating a framework in which state and local recipients have the flexibility to design programs and services to meet the unique, data-driven needs of their communities and every learner who chooses to participate in CTE.”

PHCC also looks forward to working with ACTE and the Senate to improve the bill.


Laurie Crigler
PHCC-National President

PHCC-National Association President (2017-2018)
, PHCC-National Association
L&D Associates, Inc.
Charlottesville, Virginia

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