MIL-OSI USA: Congresswoman Manning Votes to Invest in Chronically Underfunded Workforce Development Programs


Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Kathy Manning (NC-06)

Investing in workforce development programs will help fill job openings with qualified applicants, address supply chain issues, and lower costs for families.

Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Kathy Manning (NC-06) voted to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 7309), which would invest in our nation’s workforce programs to help give workers the skills they need to fill job openings in the Sixth District.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is critical to our nation’s workforce development system. The law provides training and career services that help people across the country get the skills they need and help local employers secure a qualified workforce. WIOA includes funding for job training for adults, dislocated workers, and youth as well as supportive services to help participants complete training and join the workforce.

“The evidence is clear that our economy has made meaningful progress toward recovering from the pandemic. Despite this progress, we know job openings currently exceed applicants, and employers are clamoring for skilled workers,” said Congresswoman Manning. “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022 would take a critical step forward to empower workers to fill those competitive job positions in their communities and—in turn—help reduce supply chain shortages and lower costs for families.”

Federal investment in workforce development has fallen markedly over time. As a result, essential workforce development services are frequently unavailable to the people who need them most. Strengthening WIOA programs is a key tool to help Americans get back to work and support businesses. As the country recovers from the pandemic, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022 will provide more workers with pathways to better-paying jobs, lower costs, and strengthen our economic recovery.

For the fact sheet of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022, click here.

For the section-by-section of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022, click here.