Legislating for a core constituency is passing a totally partisan bill that sends a message to a targeted group but has virtually no chance of implementation. Legislating for the country is passing a bipartisan bill directed at solving problems confronting the nation and its citizens.
The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.
It is both a moral and an economic imperative that we aggressively tackle long-term unemployment. We must implement bold programs that simultaneously provide employment to millions and prepare the nation to succeed in the future.
With skill gaps, come opportunity gaps: Too many workers don't have a chance to join the middle class. We can close the skills gap, light a spark in our economy, and create opportunities by investing in what works: sector partnerships.
The fate of Latino workers is not just a Latino concern -- it is an American concern. According to the BLS, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce will be Latino by 2050. It is in our national interest to ensure that Latinos are able to contribute to our economic prosperity.
When Obama announces his new jobs program, ironically after Labor Day, it needs to include education and workforce training for the some 30 million American adults that have a below third grade reading level.