Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Workforce Investment Act May Finally be Reauthorized

Today was the last day of the National Association of Workforce Boards annual conference and the closing remarks were given by Senator Patty Murray and Representatives Buck McKeon, Ruben Hinojosa, and Rosa DeLauro. Each spoke of the need to invest in our human infrastructure through training and skill development but the most interesting theme I heard was their desire and commitment to get the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) finally reauthorized. In fact, Representative Hinojosa (who chairs the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness and also sits on the House Committee on Education and Labor) stated that it is his goal to have it done by August.

But maybe the most promising statement of all came from President Obama who today announced in his speech on education that he will urge congress to get WIA reauthorized.

The Worksystems delegation will be on Capitol Hill tomorrow meeting with our legislators and urging them to support this. Please speak with yours as well!

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