Payne Supports House Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Jul 10, 2014 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Education

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. delivered the following remarks:

"Mr. 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 our 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 improving career pathways for our workers.

"Further, when we implement jobs training programs, 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 the Senate HELP Committee for their continued commitment to the reauthorization of WIA, and I urge my colleagues to vote YES on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act."