Reps. Tierney, Hinojosa, Miller to Offer Bill to Address Worker Retraining Crisis: Legislation will help fill the 3.5 million open positions across this country
March 20, 2012
Washington, DC – As the House Committee on Education and the Workforce looks to start work on reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act, which is the preeminent federal employment service and job training law, Congressmen John Tierney (D-MA), Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX), and George Miller (D-CA) held a conference call with reporters today to announce their blueprint for how to strengthen and modernize this critical law. Later today, the lawmakers will introduce sweeping legislation to expand opportunities for workers, help businesses staff high-skilled and open positions, and assure that tax-payer dollars are being spent wisely and efficiently.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 3.5 million open positions nationwide, many that cannot be filled due to a lack of qualified candidates. In an effort to solve this job crisis, the House Democrats’ legislation – entitled the Workforce Investment Act of 2012 – will strengthen the existing system by streamlining and increasing access to training, promoting innovation, and ensuring accountability and transparency.