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This Week in Congress

The House and Senate were in session this week.  On Monday, a group of ten Senate Republicans met with President Biden to discuss a roughly $600 billion coronavirus stimulus package in an effort to forge a bipartisan path forward for relief efforts. Additionally, the Senate continued to hold confirmation hearings and votes on President Biden’s Cabinet.  The House considered a budget resolution on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 Relief Package, along with voting on registered apprenticeship legislation that would expand registered apprenticeships over five years through grants and modify the approval process for apprenticeship programs.  The legislation would cost $3.9 billion.

Registered apprenticeships are those approved by the Labor Department or a relevant state agency as meeting certain standards. Employers that operate a registered apprenticeship program have access to technical assistance, tax credits, and other federal resources.