House Republicans Introduce Workforce Legislation

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by Jennifer Walsh

House Republicans have recently introduced three key pieces of legislation that are anticipated to make up parts of a long term Workforce Reauthorization measure.  These measures include:

  • H.R. 2295, the “Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2011,” introduced by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA):  This measure would increase flexibility in the services offered to job seekers and aims to eliminate barriers that prevent workers from immediately accessing training.  Text of the legislation can be found here (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.pdf).
  • H.R. 3610, the “Streamlining Workforce Development Programs Act,” introduced by the Chair of the Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, Virginia Foxx (R-NC):  This measure would consolidate 33 of the 47 job training programs identified in a 2011 report by the Government Accountability Office on duplicative government programs.  A summary of the “Streamlining Workforce Development Programs Act” can be found here (http://edworkforce NULL.aspx?DocumentID=271811) and the text of the legislation can be found here.
  • H.R. 3611, the “Local Job Opportunities and Business Success (Local JOBS) Act,” introduced by Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV):  This measure would require two-thirds of Workforce Investment Board (WIB) members come from the business community, remove the mandatory partners from the boards, and require local WIBs to designate a specific amount of their funding for training.  A summary of the “Local JOBS Act” can be found here (http://edworkforce NULL.aspx?DocumentID=271813) and the text of the legislation can be found here.
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