In today’s meeting of the Conferees for H.R. 3630, the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act,” Democrat Conferees spoke in opposition to the education provision in the House-passed bill. The provision requires those receiving unemployment insurance to make progress toward a GED if they have not graduated from high school, with appropriate exceptions like for older workers. Democrat Conferees opposed the requirement despite what the chart below shows – those with a higher education are both more likely to be employed and more likely to earn a higher salary.
As the Conferees work toward a solution, they should do everything they can to help unemployed Americans get back to work. This GED requirement is a step in the right direction.