Workforce bill clears Senate

June 25, 2014

Democrats and advocates such as the National Skills Coalition, for instance, had hoped the bill would prioritize partnerships between businesses, higher education and the workforce development infrastructure.

But Republicans did not want to add new programs or layers of bureaucracy. The resulting compromise puts a softer focus on the partnerships.“It’s not going to drive the change we want to see,” said Rachel Gragg, federal policy director at the National Skills Coalition, which supports the bill nonetheless.