Rare bipartisan approval of job training measure
WASHINGTON (CNN) — In a rare display of bipartisanship the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a job training bill on Wednesday. The vote was 415 -6.
The measure was already approved by the Senate and now goes to the White House for the President’s signature.
The “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” overhauls the federal effort to promote training and education for American workers. It streamlines programs across government agencies, invests in training for jobs that employers can’t fill because of a skills gap and aims to reduce administrative costs for programs at the state and federal level.
House Education and the Workforce Chairman Jon Kline, R-Minnesota, said on the House floor the system was long overdue for reform.
“Our nation’s job training system is broken. We have too many ineffective programs, too much bureaucracy, and very little accountability; the voices of job creators are stifled, state and local leaders are tied up in red tape, and hard-earned taxpayer dollars are wasted,” Kline said.
Instead of the regular partisan mudslinging frequently seen on the House floor, members from both parties got up and congratulated one another for finally agreeing on a compromise on a measure designed to reduce the unemployment rate and boost the economy.
By Deirdre Walsh