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Bipartisan WIOA Passes Senate

by Melanie Anderson   •  

We are so excited that the bipartisan, bicameral Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed in the Senate in a 95-3 vote!

This represents tremendous progress for all of us and our work. WIA has been in sore need of updating for more than a decade. In these politically divisive times, it shows the importance of workforce development and the power of opportunity to unite us all.

WIOA is the largest federal funding source for workforce development activities in all 50 states and reauthorizes the outdated Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a nearly $3 billion-a-year program that funds critical job training programs for displaced adults and youth. For more information, check out our recent call with Hill staffers on WIOA.

The bill moves next to the House following the July 4th recess. Then it will reach the President’s desk for his signature.

Opportunity Nation thanks Senators Harkin, Murray, Isakson and Alexander for leading the charge to pass WIOA. In the meantime, tell the House Leadership to pass the amended WIOA. We’ll keep you posted on further developments as they become available. And thanks for your support of this critical legislation.

.@SpeakerBoehner @GOPWhip @NancyPelosi @EricCantor follow Senate’s lead & pass bipartisan #WIOA! via @OppNation






Melanie Anderson Melanie Anderson is the Director of Government and External Affairs at Opportunity Nation. She directs the campaign’s government relations and policy efforts. Read Melanie's bio.

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