Jobs/Workforce Development

While our national economy has seen unprecedented prosperity over the last several years, throughout the district I constantly hear about employers having trouble finding good employees to take open positions. While on the House Education and Labor Committee, I have learned about the importance apprenticeships in learning skills while finding a career path. In addition, we should continue to promote employer-led innovation in, and access to, work-based learning experiences, while maintaining the flexibility necessary for businesses. I am a big believer in also incentivizing career-minded students to seek a path to career and technical schools. Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District is home to some of the best trade schools in the country and the economic success opportunities for these students is incredible.

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January 21, 2021 In The News

LEWISTOWN — Rep. Fred Keller, R-Selinsgrove, whose 12th Congressional District includes Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder and Perry counties, took part in a ‘Legislative Update’ online meeting hosted by the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Keller started off by discussing the work that his team has done in Congress for relief for small businesses and their employees.

January 6, 2021 In The News

(WOLF) — Our representatives are back in Washington this week-- sworn in to start a new year and new session.

In our area- Congressmen Fred Keller (R), along with Matt Cartwright (D) and Dan Meuser (R) all started a new term after winning in the November election.

Keller says there are several things he's focused on to improve the 12th congressional district. which covers the Susquehanna Valley and Northern Tier.

December 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today on the steps of the Capitol, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) joined Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise, Conference Chair Liz Cheney, and other House Republicans for a press conference on the need to immediately extend the Paycheck Protection Program and deliver much needed relief to America’s small business, workers, and hardest hit industries. 

October 21, 2020 In The News

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller (R-12) received the Guardian of Small Business award from the National Federation of Independent Business on Tuesday. The Guardian of Small Business award is given to Congress members who vote with small businesses 70 percent or more of the time on small business issues. Keller stated, “I am honored to receive this award because it means we are listening to the needs of our small businesses and workers.”

October 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) today received the Guardian of Small Business award, presented by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for his strong record of support for small businesses in the 116th Congress.  

The Guardian of Small Business award is presented to members of Congress who vote with small business 70 percent or more of the time on key small business issues.

Upon receiving the award, Congressman Keller made the following statement:

October 16, 2020 In The News

Reps. Susan Wild (D-PA) and Fred Keller (R-PA) introduced Wednesday a measure designed to address chronic miscounting of first responders, chiefly firefighters, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

The EMS Counts Act of 2020 would ensure the government’s nationwide collection of accurate, comprehensive data regarding first responder quantity, location, and training. Such an effort is essential to ensuring communities can quickly respond to emergencies, including outbreaks of diseases and natural disasters.

October 16, 2020 In The News

U.S Rep. Fred Keller, R-Middleburg, on Oct. 9 applauded the United States Small Business Administration for releasing a streamlined loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $50,000 or less. The announcement came on the same day that Keller held a roundtable with SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza in Pittston, where he relayed concerns from local lenders and borrowers about the need for streamlined PPP loan forgiveness.

October 16, 2020 In The News

Back in July- Pennsylvania companies received more than $20 billion in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.

We're now meeting some of the businesses benefiting from it.

The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration- and congressman Fred Keller were in Pittston today- touring businesses.

Keller (R) toured Stephenson Equipment in Pittston Thursday afternoon, a crane dealer.

It's like a car dealership, but for cranes and other heavy construction equipment. Repairing, renting and selling to other companies, including PennDOT.

October 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded funds for two local projects in central Pennsylvania.


September 15, 2020 In The News

“Penn College rightfully sits right where it should be. It ranks as one of the best colleges in the U.S.,” said Dennis Alvord, deputy assistant secretary for economic development for the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Alvord spoke remotely at a ceremony commemorating the partnership between his office and the Pennsylvania College of Technology in the expansion of the college’s welding lab.

“Your focus on providing students with a comprehensive, hands-on technical