Closing the Skills Gap and Boosting U.S. Competitiveness

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a full committee hearing titled “Closing the Skills Gap and Boosting U.S. Competitiveness” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. This hearing will explore the technical skills gap in the U.S. manufacturing sector and other trades. It will also highlight steps taken by advocates and industry to address the growing issue and foster a competitive workforce.

•    Mr. John Ratzenberger, Actor, Director, Founder of the American Museum of Manufacturing
•    Mr. Rory DeJohn, Senior Vice President, Turner Construction Company
•    Colonel Michael Cartney (USAF, retired), President, Lake Area Technical Institute
•    Mr. Jay Neely, Vice President of Law and Public Affairs, Gulfstream Aerospace
•    Ms. Judith Marks, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens USA
Hearing Details:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full committee hearing
This hearing will take place in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G50. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Bill Nelson