Loebsack Calls on Boehner to Bring Up & Pass Senate Passed Workforce Development Overhaul Print
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 27 June 2014 10:06

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation includes Loebsack’s SECTORS Act

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today urging Speaker of the House, John Boehner, to swiftly bring up and pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This legislation, which would improve the nation’s workforce development system, passed the Senate today by a vote of 95-3. It also includes large portions of Loebsack’s SECTORS Act that links together businesses, labor organizations, local stakeholders, and education and training providers connected to a particular industry.

“The Senate did their part and now it is time for the House to do the same. Speaker Boehner needs to step up and allow a vote on the Senate passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act so that it can go to the President and be signed into law. From the overwhelming bipartisan passage in the Senate, it is clear that this legislation would have the votes to pass the House. It has been over 10 years since the Workforce Development Act has been reauthorized and now is the time to give workers the kind of skills they need and employers want.”

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act represents a compromise between the SKILLS Act (H.R. 803), which passed the House of Representatives in March of 2013 with bipartisan support, and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356). It has been over a decade since the Workforce Investment Act has been reauthorized.

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