The Obama administration says it’s not focused on jobs, the White House announced Tuesday, calling on Congress to pass legislation that will give the administration a boost in funding and boost American workers.
The White House says President Barack Obama is asking Congress to provide $3.6 billion for job training and apprenticeship programs in 2018 and $2.4 billion in 2019.
The money would help workers who are in danger of losing their jobs because of automation or automation-related technologies.
The Trump administration has opposed a bill to give workers the option to stay on the job or seek other work, calling it an effort to “further divide the nation.”
The White the WhiteHouse says it has received more than 500,000 job applications from Americans who are unemployed or looking for work and is committed to helping them find a job.
The jobs announcement comes as the Trump administration is scrambling to get back to work after a two-week recess, with many White House staffers and officials scrambling to make the most of the week off.