House Marks Up Workforce Investment Improvements Act

Last week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee marked up the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (H.R. 4297), introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The marked up bill was approved in a vote of 23 to 15. H.R. 4297 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. The bill also would consolidate the Projects with Industry and State-Supported Employment Services Programs into the existing Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) State Grants program. At mark up, the Committee removed a provision that would have provided states with the option of including VR State Grants in the Workforce Investment Fund. The bill has also been referred to the Committees on the Judiciary, Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and Transportation and Infrastructure. At this time, no action on the bill is scheduled in those Committees.
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