WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) praised the announcement of a bipartisan, bicameral deal to improve the nation’s workforce development system through new legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
“Just like the WRRDA Conference Report yesterday, this proposed bipartisan, bicameral legislation is yet another example of how people want to see Washington work and I hope we can continue to build on this momentum,” Davis said. “Too many Americans are out of work even though there are available jobs and employers actively looking to fill those jobs. So it’s the responsibility of Congress to update our workforce development system to break down the barriers facing unemployed Americans and allow them the opportunity to obtain the training they need to qualify for jobs available right now.
“Reforming the federal workforce development system shouldn’t be a partisan issue, so I’m pleased with today’s announcement and I look forward to supporting this legislation as soon as it’s brought to the floor of the House.”
The legislation is a compromise between the House-passed SKILLS Act (H.R. 803) and the Senate committee-passed Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356). The legislation modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century jobs, and fosters the modern workforce that evolving American businesses rely on to compete.
Details of the legislation can be found here.
Davis has introduced a number of bills to modernize existing federal workforce development programs, including the Opportunity KNOCKS Act, the Perkins Modernization Act of 2014 and the Growing Small Businesses Act.