WILKES-BARRE — The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act will help students and workers get the skills they need to find high-skill, high-wage or in-demand jobs, said U.S. Senator Bob Casey as the bill became law Tuesday with President Trump’s signature.
Casey was the primary Democratic author of the bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act.
“I am pleased that we were able to work together across party lines on legislation that will help ensure that all students and workers get the skills they need to compete for well-paying jobs today and in the future,” Casey said in a press release.
Casey said the act makes important, necessary updates to career and technical education to ensure all students, including special populations, have access to high-quality programs; helps recruit and retain CTE educators; and provides workers and students the skills they need to find jobs.
Casey said it also increases alignment with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and promotes collaboration so that high schools, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations and local businesses can communicate their needs and coordinate as programs are developed.
3D gun bill
Casey, alongside a number of his Senate colleagues, also filed legislation Tuesday to block the online publication of blueprints that can be used to make fully functioning 3D-printed guns.
Later Tuesday, a federal judge issued a restraining order blocking a Texas company from publishing printable gun files
The 3D Printed Gun Safety Act would make it illegal for anyone to intentionally publish a digital file online that programs a 3D printer to automatically manufacture a firearm.
“3D-printed guns are untraceable, easily hidden and can bypass many of the security measures we have in place to prevent attacks in our communities,” Casey said. “The fact that these weapons can be made at home by criminals and domestic abusers, bypassing our laws, is simply outrageous. There’s been too much inaction on the part of the Administration and congressional Republicans. Congress has a duty to present a solution and this legislation is just that.”
3D-printed plastic guns are fully-functioning firearms often made with resin or plastic using a 3D printer, making them virtually undetectable when carried through a metal detector or past security.
In August 2016, Transportation Security Administration agents at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport found and confiscated a plastic gun from a passenger’s carry-on bag during screening. The gun, assembled using a 3D printer, was found loaded with five .22-caliber bullets.
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