Reauthorizes federal training laws for the first time in more than 15 years

Last updated: July 10. 2014 12:48PM - 171 Views

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The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, July 9, passed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act.

H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will streamline a complicated web of programs, grant states and localities greater flexibility, accelerate access to training for in-demand jobs, and incorporate heightened accountability over taxpayer dollars.

“As I travel around Kentucky, I hear from business owners who need workers, but have difficulties finding applicants who have the skills needed for the openings,” said Congressman Brett Guthrie, while speaking in support of the bill during floor debate. “By bridging this gap, we can ensure those ready to work are able to fill the positions available in their community, and ensure our local economies continue to grow.”

Since coming to Washington, Guthrie has been a champion of reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act, introducing a reauthorization bill in the 111th Congress. In conjunction with his committees, Guthrie has highlighted the critical role these programs play in lifting workers into higher paying jobs.

“I spent 18 years working at my family’s manufacturing facility in Bowling Green. I saw first-hand how additional training and education can lift a worker into a high-wage, highly-skilled job, and allow them and their families to further invest in their local communities,” said Guthrie.

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