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Since 2005, “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe has shown Discovery Channel viewers some of the worst – albeit essential – jobs needed to keep America running. Three years into the show, however, Rowe realized just getting dirty wasn’t enough. So he launched a web site called “mikeroweWORKS” in the hopes that Americans would get over the apparent rift between white collar and blue collar workers.

“We are at war with work,” he says on a video that is still visible on the site.

Rowe continues to lobby for skilled labor – including testifying before a Senate committee last week.

CNN’s Stephen Samaniego followed Rowe as he prepared to argue before Congress on behalf of skilled laborers across the country. America needs to support skilled labor, Rowe says, first because America’s infrastructure needs welders, pavers, electricians and the like. And second, because Rowe believes there are millions of ‘shovel ready’ jobs that could bolster the American economy.

Watch – TV’s ‘Dirty Jobs’ host on PR Duty – CNN here.
Watch Mike Rowe Speaks to Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee here.
Check out Mike’s CNN I-Report Video – America Has a Dysfunctional Relationship

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    1. great job Mike….you really do so much good…and in a way that others will gladly listen…gotta admit…just added to my list of “sexiest things”…watching Mike Rowe change his belt in the Halls Of Congress…:)

      Michelle | 01/17/12 | 4:59 pm
    2. A funny clip. Anyone that quotes a line from This Is Spinal Tap in the Senate is way up on my cool list. Mike is totally hot. It’s also cool that he brought his parents with him.

      Andrea | 05/31/11 | 3:15 am
    3. Who is Sydney?

      Gayle | 05/20/11 | 6:13 pm
    4. Mike,
      Your testimony was great.

      Pia Y. | 05/19/11 | 7:04 pm
    5. That was awesome, Mike.

      Congratulations again.


      Ali | 05/18/11 | 6:17 pm
    6. That was good! And you did a great job in D.C., Mike.

      Lisa | 05/18/11 | 4:43 pm
    7. Mike – as you wandered along your career path, did you ever, ever think you would be speaking to the Senate? You are doing an incredible job, and I hope the government listens – for once.

      And your parents are adorable.


      Cindy | 05/18/11 | 1:53 pm
    8. That was FUN! Thanks for sharing.

      grasshopper | 05/18/11 | 12:38 pm