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Bush Center Briefing: September 2017

September 18, 2017 5 minute Read
This month's issue of the bi-monthly Bush Center Briefing takes a look at growing the U.S. workforce through the specialized labor of skilled immigrants, the value of the Forever GI Bill, and Mrs. Laura Bush on the influential role first ladies play around the world.

This issue of the bi-monthly Bush Center Briefing was emailed to subscribers on September 15, 2017. Subscribe today to receive this update in your inbox.


America’s economic growth is only as good as the quality of our nation’s workforce. Employers depend upon innovative workers as well as a ready supply of talent. Without both of those factors, productivity declines and shackles the economy’s ability to expand.

In this Bush Center Briefing, we address that economic challenge with recommendations from two George W. Bush Institute experts. They describe how modernizing the immigration system and capitalizing upon the new Forever GI Bill can expand America’s workforce.

Laura Collins, deputy director of the Bush Institute’s Economic Reform initiative, details why Washington should focus immigration policies on skilled workers. And Jeffrey Cleland, a retired Marine corporal and manager of research and policy for the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, describes how universities and employers can tap the talents of America’s returning servicemembers through the updated GI Bill.

These recommendations add to our growing list of 2017 policy proposals aimed at addressing today’s most pressing challenges. Earlier this year, we presented Washington with a set of specific reforms from both our Domestic Excellence and Global Leadership Impact Centers. As is our mission, we speak to contemporary problems through the work of our Impact Centers and offer solutions to realize results.

-- Kenneth Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center



The U.S. economy faces a conundrum. Thousands of jobs remain open at the same time that the economy is running at full employment. Employers simply cannot find enough qualified workers. The long-term answer lies in education and training. In the short term, writes Laura Collins, deputy director of the Bush Institute’s Economic Growth Initiative, U.S. policies should turn to skilled immigrants and temporary workers to meet our labor force needs.

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The new legislation could be a boon for employers and universities seeking to tap the talents of members of the American military transitioning back into civilian life. Jeffrey Cleland, manager of research and policy for the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, describes how to make the bill work for veterans seeking to enter the workforce through a four-year degree or technical training that leads to a skilled job. 
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WATCH MRS. BUSH ON the role of first ladies

On Monday, September 18 at 8 a.m. EDT, Mrs. Laura Bush discussed the role and influence of global first ladies at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit. She was joined Mrs. Monica Geingos, the First Lady of Namibia, for a livestreamed conversation on their unique platforms to empower women and girls.

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The Hill | How the post-9/11 GI Bill will help veterans close America's skills gap

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Medium | Growth, Prosperity and the Middle Class: Saving Globalization from Populism

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America's Two Economies

Chinese Prisoner’s Death Holds a Message for Americans and China

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