Walberg Votes for Bipartisan Job Training Reform

Rep Tim Walberg

Rep Tim Walberg

Press release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Walberg voted in favor of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to reform the nation’s workforce development system and help workers gain the education and skills they need for today’s economy. WIOA is a compromise with the Senate based on the House-passed Supporting Knowledge and Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act passed in March 2013.  WIOA passed by a vote of 415-6 and now heads to the President for his signature.

“It’s been more than 15 years since our job training programs were last updated, leaving many job-seekers to fight against a maze of ineffective programs and waste, instead of finding a job. This bipartisan legislation is a much needed step in providing workers and taxpayers the job training opportunities they need,” said Rep. Walberg following the vote.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will:

Eliminate 15 duplicative programs
Prevent the creation of costly new programs
Provide local leaders enhanced flexibility over the use of federal funds to help ensure the needs of local communities are being served
Require an independent evaluation of all workforce development programs and activities at least once every four years

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