Senate Passes Bill to Improve Job Training Program

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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (Photo by Ron Richter)
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (Photo by Ron Richter)

The U.S. Senate Wednesday, overwhelmingly passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by a vote of 95-3. Senator Mike Enzi from Wyoming said that he hopes the bill will transform a sometimes clunky, bureaucratic federal job training program into one that helps a lot more people learn the skills they need to get meaningful jobs.

Enzi said the legislation would eliminate 15 programs identified as ineffective or duplicative and 21 federal mandates on state and local workforce boards. It would also reduce burdensome reporting requirements and streamline other parts of the program.

Congress originally passed the job training program as part of the Workforce Investment Act in 1998 and has been working to get re-authorization since 2003.

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