Bi-Partisan Partnership Helps to Advance Workforce Legislation in the Senate

Aug 02, 2013

By Kisha Bird

This week the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356).  A rare example of bi-partisanship in Washington these days, the bill was voted out of committee with a majority of support from both sides of the aisle.  This movement marked the most significant progress in this chamber in several years to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

S. 1356 makes a number of improvements to ensure low-income workers - youth and adults - have the skills and supports they need for full participation in the American workforce.  Specifically, Title II includes several significant provisions that will increase the focus on comprehensive programming for high school dropouts and youth who face the greatest challenges.  These provisions of Title II:

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