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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. PAYNE. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

This bipartisan legislation being debated today reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act, which has been instrumental in helping workers get the skills they need for the jobs of today.

In my visits with the Newark Workforce Investment Board and the Essex County Workforce Investment Board, it is clear that we must emphasize the improving of career pathways for our workers.

Further, when we implement jobs training, it is critical we include local input from stakeholders, like our community colleges, faith-based organizations, and labor--to truly break down barriers to employment.

I commend my colleagues on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and on the Senate HELP Committee for their continued commitment to the reauthorization of WIA. I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

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