Los Angeles – Today, the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bipartisan, bicameral legislation reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) through 2020. This stems from the leadership of Senators Murray (D-WA), Harkin (D-IA), Alexander (R-TN), and Isakson (R-GA), along with Representatives Kline (R-MN), Foxx (R-NC), Miller (D-CA), and Hinojosa (D-TX) who introduced the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act on May 21. It now moves to the President for his signature.
It has been 16 years since WIA was initially passed, and 11 years since it was due to be reauthorized. WIOA will modernize and streamline existing federal workforce programs, update reporting and provide support for administration while eliminating 15 existing federal training programs and creating common measures across new programs. The legislation was approved by a vote of 415 to 6 by the House of Representatives and the Senate approved it last month by a vote of 95 to 3.
“For the past decade, the Chamber has been advocating for WIA reauthorization and we are thrilled to welcome policies that will advance our workforce development systems and ensure businesses have access to the skilled and qualified employees needed to succeed in today’s economy,” said Chamber SVP of education and workforce development, David Rattray. “We have led chamber support for WIOA through local, statewide and national business coalitions such as L.A. Workforce Systems Collaborative, Regional Economic Association Leaders (R.E.A.L) Coalition, National Association of Workforce Investment Boards, National Skills Coalition and National Metro Business Alliance; we will continue to support and lead strategies that ensure a robust economy that will improve the quality of life for the people in this region, state and country.”
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