Long Backs Effort to Modernize Job Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Billy Long votes in favor of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

“Our nation cannot afford to spend billions of dollars on ineffective job training programs which fail to get Americans back to work. As a result, I supported the effort to streamline these programs and update them to reflect the needs of millions of Americans who need help to participate in our modern workforce,” Long said.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act amends and reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and also reauthorizes and reforms the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The legislation updates programs which specialize in employment services, workforce development, adult education and vocational rehabilitation. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eliminates 15 ineffective and duplicative programs.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a result of a pre-conference agreement with the Senate in which House negotiators used the House-passed Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act as the House’s marker.

The House-passed SKILLS Act eliminates and streamlines 35 ineffective and redundant programs into the Workforce Investment Fund.

“This will make it easier for jobseekers and employers to fill in-demand jobs, and it will cut wasteful spending and redundant programs in the process,” Long said.

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