Hassan touts job-training bill

  • Sen. Maggie Hassan discusses the Gateway to Careers Act at New Hampshire Ball Bearings. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Sen. Maggie Hassan visits New Hampshire Ball Bearings on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 12, 2018 5:41PM

Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) visited New Hampshire Ball Bearings in Peterborough on Friday morning to discuss the Gateway to Careers act, a new bill she introduced along with co-sponsors Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Jack Reed (D-RI).

The Gateway to Careers Act would provide grants to support partnerships between community or technical colleges and workforce development partners such as state workforce development boards, industry associations, and community-based organizations. These partnerships would support individuals who are unemployed or underemployed by strengthening job training and removing barriers that prevent them from completing a degree or credential program.

Hassan kept her Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cup close at hand after a long Thursday night working to end a brief government shutdown, the second in a matter of weeks.

The budget was finally passed around 2 a.m. after Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) forced a shutdown by holding the senate floor until after the midnight deadline.

“That’s the thing about our government,” Hassan quipped. “One senator can decide to keep everyone up all night.”