House Workforce Investment Act Legislation Moves Forward

Last week, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce reported out H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012. The Committee had marked up the bill earlier this year. The bill consolidates more than 20 Federal job training programs into a Workforce Investment Fund that would provide formula funds to state and local workforce investment boards for employment and training programs. Last week, the bill was also discharged from the Committees on Judiciary, Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and Transportation, and was referred to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for a period ending not later than Dec. 14, 2012. The Arc opposes this legislation.