Everyone in this state and in this country who can work should be able to find high value work. We should invest in training, certification and apprenticeship programs so that everyone can find meaningful, good-paying jobs, and we should work to reduce the wage gap between the rich and working poor.

Job creation, and especially job creation for veterans, is something I want to tackle right away, We should provide our military veterans increased access to apprenticeship training programs.

Right now, if an employer who wants to hire veterans through apprenticeships, there's unnecessary paperwork in the way that requires employers to individually register these programs with each and every state approval agency.

And the result is that it discourages employers from offering apprenticeships.

In Texas and across the country we can streamline how apprenticeship programs are offered in as many ways as we can.

This is something tangible that Congress can get through committee right away, and get done.