Late last week, Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY21) reintroduced an ABMA priority bill: the Employer Directed Skills Act. This bill empowers employers to decide what skills and training their workforce needs and receive partial reimbursement for the cost of that training. 

Stefanik WFD Priority Bill

Rita Ferris, ABMA president, had this to say about the bill in Rep. Stefanik’s press release.

“We are pleased to see the introduction of the Employer-Directed Skills Act, which will empower employers to invest in the skills and training of their workers. This legislation, which has been requested by building material suppliers and other industries, will help close the skills gap, boost productivity, and create more opportunities for American workers. We thank Representative Stefanik for introducing this practical initiative.”

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About ABMA: ABMA is powered by NRLA and the Construction Suppliers Association (CSA). The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA), established in August 2021, is a committee of unified voices advocating on behalf of the lumber and building materials (LBM) industry at the federal level. ABMA currently represents LBM dealers and associated businesses in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. The mission of the ABMA is to advance, shape, and influence policy in all branches of government. We work directly with members of Congress, the White House, and federal agencies to impact the legislative and regulatory process as it affects the LBM industry.