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Senator Murray’s Statement on Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization Progress

Jun 20 2013

Hearing today marks important step in bipartisan effort to reauthorize crucial employment legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray released a statement on the significant progress being made on reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  Earlier this week, Senator Murray and Senator Isakson (R-GA), released a staff discussion draft for the reauthorization of WIA, which was signed into law 15 years ago and desperately needs to be updated.

At a full HELP Committee hearing today, Senator Murray and her colleagues heard from representatives of the business community, local workforce systems, adult education and vocational rehabilitation programs on the need to update WIA and invest in job training services.  

“Investing in our economy and training our workforce to grow and succeed isn’t a partisan issue - it’s commonsense - and I’m so glad to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, particularly Senator Isakson, to move forward with reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act,” said Senator Murray.  “It’s now been fifteen years since we first passed this legislation, and it’s past time to update it and keep up with the rapidly changing economy.  And though our nation is recovering from recession, too many millions of Americans are still unemployed, so it’s never been more important to support job training programs, local workforce systems, and investments in our economy that yield incredible results.  The Workforce Investment act has created so many success stories across our country, including several in my home state of Washington, but it’s clear this legislation needs to be updated.  That’s why Senator Isakson and I have put forward a draft reauthorization proposal to the committee, and I’m committed to working with my colleagues to amend this legislation and help get Americans back to work.”