WATCH: Mike Rowe on a ‘Real’ Hard Day’s Work

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Photo: Newscom

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“Closing the skills gap is about keeping America working. …It’s about keeping America, America.”

This was the theme of author and TV personality Mike Rowe’s testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee Tuesday. He was invited to speak before the committee about the nationwide skills gap.

Rowe, former host of the hit show “Dirty Jobs,” is infamous for highlighting stories of Americans doing “dirty jobs.” The Blaze caught up with Rowe while he was in D.C. to talk about the importance of skilled labor and work-ethic driven by necessity. Around :20 and 1:25, you can watch excerpts from his Capitol Hill testimony.