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UPDATE 06.05.2012: The House Education and Workforce Committee has officially noticed this hearing, and the mark-up of H.R. 4297 will take place on Thursday, June 7.
National Skills Coalition has been informed that the House Education and the Workforce Committee plans to mark-up its WIA reauthorization bill—the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (H.R. 4297)—this Thursday, June 7. (NOTE: This date is subject to change until the Committee officially notices the hearing.) In preparation for the mark-up, NSC sent a letter to the Committee outlining some of our main concerns with the bill.
NSC recently testified at a legislative hearing on H.R. 4297, during which NSC Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen emphasized that any federal workforce policy reforms should be driven by three core goals:
Unfortunately, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act as currently drafted fails to meet these goals, and instead will likely reduce access to federally-funded skills training, particularly for those individuals with the greatest barriers to employment. It is our hope that the Committee will use the mark-up process as an opportunity to improve the bill and move toward bipartisan legislation that addresses the needs of jobseekers and employers alike.
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