NADO Joins Coalition Partners Urging Senate Leaders to Bring WIA to the Floor

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by NADO Admin

This week, as part of the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce (http://www NULL.americasworkforce (CIAW), NADO joined 418 other organizations urging the U.S. Senate to consider the bi-partisan Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (WIA) this year. Click here to view the joint letter.

On July 31, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved by a vote of 18 to 3 the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356) (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.pdf), which was drafted on a bi-partisan basis by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who is Ranking Member of the Employment and Workplace Safety subcommittee. HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) negotiated the title on vocational rehabilitation separately from the rest of the bill. All four senators co-sponsored S. 1356.

On March 15, the House passed on a party line vote (215 to 202) the SKILLS Act (H.R. 803) (http://www NULL.gpo NULL.pdf), which reauthorizes WIA. The SKILLS Act would consolidate 35 existing programs into a single Workforce Investment Fund. NADO opposes this and other provisions in H.R. 803 that weaken the important role of local stakeholders in the administration of workforce development activities and would reduce access to education and training for millions of American workers. Authorized in 1998, WIA is now ten years overdue for reauthorization. Click here to view the letter. Thank you to all NADO member organizations that signed the letter.

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