Thank you for emailing your Senators and telling them to vote for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) (S.1356). We have good news—WIA passed yesterday with a bipartisan vote of 18 to 3 in the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee.
WIA first passed in 1998, and has been due for reauthorization since 2003. The current WIA bill was introduced by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). Only three Republicans voted against the Senate bill. Learn more about how WIA affects students with learning disabilities by reading our recent blog.
Here are some key quotes from yesterday's committee vote:
Sen. Tom Harkin (Committee Chairman): “The reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act is long overdue, and this bipartisan bill will help workers, including young adults with disabilities, get access to the job placement, training services and supports they need.”
Sen. Lamar Alexander (Ranking Member): “Americans can’t afford to waste any time training for skills that employers don’t need. This bill takes a step in the right direction to update our workforce investment programs and I look forward to improving it further on the Senate floor.”
The next step for this bill is a full vote in the Senate. Stay informed by signing up to receive updates on important legislative developments affecting people with LD.