Obama to propose billions to help young people with their careers


In the new federal budget President Obama submits to Congress on Tuesday, he’ll propose billions in new funding to help young people get a first job in their chosen careers.

A White House fact sheet on the proposal, says getting a first job is “a crucial step” in starting a career. And that “many of the skills employers value most can only be learned on the job.”

The president’s proposal calls for $6-billion in new funding to help more than a million young people get that first job.

The plan includes $2 billion in competitive grants to”re-connect disconnected youth to educational and workforce pathways.”

Pres. Obama will also ask Congress for $5.5 billion to fund programs to “expand talent pipelines” to fill open jobs; establish a workforce data bank on jobs and training programs, as well as a training fund to double the number of job apprenticeships.

In recent days, the White House has been unveiling a variety of new programs Mr. Obama will be proposing in his budget for the 2017 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2016 – 3 months and 20 days before his term in office comes to an end.

Each of the new programs contains calls for new spending. The Congressional Budget Office projected last week that the deficit next year will increase to over half a trillion dollars.

The president’s budgets are routinely declared dead-on-arrival by Republican Leaders in Congress.

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