Chambers of Commerce & Business Organizations Support for WIA Reauthorization via New WIOA Bill

Support Letter to Congress - May 2014

On May 21, 2014, the Senate and the House of Representatives reached agreement on new proposed legislation called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  This bill represents a compromise between the SKILLS Act, which passed the House of Representatives in March 2013, and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013, which passed through the Senate HELP Committee in July 2013.  It is a significant step towards the re-authorization of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA).

WIA, which is the nation’s foundational legislation for responding to the changing skill needs of the U.S. labor market, has been due for re-authorization since 2003.  Passage of the WIOA legislation would mean that local business-led workforce investment boards (WIBs) can continue to provide the guidance, support, and coordination to the nation’s businesses and workforce, leading to job creation and helping businesses remain competitive.

We are asking you to join us in re-committing your support to passage of the new legislation. Your support, as representatives of a large number of business leaders in your community, is critical in convincing the Senate and the House that Federal investment in workforce development is critical.

Workforce development in our regions is a critical issue and we appreciate your supporting efforts to make the Congress aware of our members’ needs for a qualified workforce.

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