Senate to Consider Workforce Reauthorization Legislation Next Week

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by NADO Admin

Next week, the Senate is likely to begin floor debate on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (H.R. 803 as amended).  The Senate will consider an amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would allow governors to sanction Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs) after one year of poor performance.  WIOA currently states that governors shall sanction LWIBs after three years of poor performance.  Current law states that governors may sanction LWIBs after two years of poor performance.  NADO strongly opposes this amendment and urges members to contact their Senators to oppose this amendment as well.  The amendment will need 60 votes to pass.

Last month, a bipartisan, bicameral group of workforce committee lawmakers announced a deal to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220), which expired in 2003.  The new bill, WIOA, reauthorizes federal workforce and training programs and sets recommended appropriations through fiscal year (FY) 2020.

Click here for more information about WIOA.  Click here to view NADO’s support letter.  Click here (https://www2 NULL.gotomeeting to view a recording of the recent NADO/NACo webinar on WIOA.

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