The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the "Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills" Act (H.R. 803), legislation co-sponsored by Minnesota Congressman John Kline, which will help workers access the education and training they need to compete in today's economy.
"After a decade of debate and delay, Congress is another step closer to approving comprehensive job training reform legislation," said Kline, the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. "At a time when 12 million Americans are unemployed and the national debt is spiraling out of control, workers and taxpayers can no longer afford the failed status quo. The SKILLS Act will remove the bloated bureaucracy standing between job seekers and the training they need to get back to work. It is time for the Senate to act so reform can become reality."
As approved by the House, H.R. 803 will:
Eliminate and streamline 35 duplicative and ineffective employment and training programs.
Replace the current maze of programs with a flexible Workforce Investment Fund to provide workers, employers, and job seekers one simple source of support.
Establish common performance measures for state and local leaders and require an independent evaluation of programs at least once every five years to improve accountability.
Require local workforce investment leaders to outline the strategies they will implement to serve at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other workers with unique barriers to employment.
Kline is the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also serves on the Armed Services Committee. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Burnsville.