Sending Office: Honorable Suzanne Bonamici
Sent By:
Maxine.Sugarman@mail.house.gov

Support Funding for Workforce Programs

Support Workforce Investments in FY2019

*Programmatic Request*

Complete THIS FORM to Sign On

Deadline: March 14th COB

 

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in requesting the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education provide substantial investments in federal workforce programs authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Fiscal Year
2019.

In 2014, Congress demonstrated broad bipartisan support for job training programs by passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. WIOA outlines a vision for a demand-driven workforce system that is responsive to the needs of employers and can help
workers access jobs and credentials.

Middle skill jobs—those requiring more than a high school diploma, but not a four-year degree—make up 53 percent of today’s labor market, but only 43 percent of U.S. workers are trained at this level. Workforce funding is key to making sure job training
programs have the capacity to meet U.S. employer needs.

Specifically, our letter urges House Appropriators to:

  • Fund WIOA Title I employment and training programs, Title II adult education and literacy programs, Tittle III Wagner/Peyser Employment Services, and Title IV vocational rehabilitation programs and services for adults and students with disabilities;
  • Reinvest current levels in the Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grants to enable states to provide useful information about skills, employment, and earning outcomes to help businesses fill skilled positions;
  • Expand apprenticeships by increasing Congressional investment to $200 million for FY 2019; and 
  • Continue to provide $1.9 million for the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program to help employers and labor unions recruit, train, and retain women for nontraditional employment opportunities.

If you would like to sign the letter please,
please complete this form
. For additional information, please contact Maxine Sugarman in Rep. Bonamici’s office at
Maxine.Sugarman@mail.house.gov or Ian Spears in Rep. Blunt Rochester’s office at
Ian.Spears@mail.house.gov

Sincerely,

 

Suzanne Bonamici                                          Lisa Blunt Rochester                                     

Member of Congress                                       Member of Congress                          

 

 

 

 

DATE

 

The Honorable Tom Cole                                            The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member       

Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee                       Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee

U.S. House of Representatives                                   U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

We write to request your continued support for federal workforce programs authorized by the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). As you consider the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Appropriations Act, we respectfully request that you provide
substantial investments in job training programs in the final bill. As the Appropriations Committee continues their hard work to draft an FY 2019 budget while completing the FY 2018 budget, our constituents and agencies are faced with great uncertainty. During
this challenging budgeting process, the importance of investing in our workforce must not be forgotten.

FY 2019 reflects a critical point in our nation’s workforce investment strategy, with states and localities still implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and adapting to the final regulations. Adequate funding is key for this potential
to be realized – making the outcome of this year’s budget and appropriations process critically important.

Middle skill jobs—those requiring more than a high school diploma, but not a four-year degree—make up 53 percent of today’s labor market, but only 43 percent of U.S. workers are trained at this level. That leaves businesses struggling to find workers with
appropriate skills, and it leaves workers without meaningful pathways to better-paying jobs. Industry or sector partnerships help address the skills gap by bringing together employers, education organizations, training, labor, and community-based organizations
to develop work-based learning programs. Workforce funding is key to making sure job training programs have the capacity to meet U.S. employer needs.

Maintaining funding for WIOA implementation is necessary for states to fully carry out congressional reforms. Doing so will improve our nation’s economic competitiveness and put in place comprehensive workforce strategies that support national priorities,
such as rebuilding our infrastructure. With meaningful investments, programs across the nation will help workers gain the skills to support themselves and their families and ensure employers will have access to the skilled workers they need to compete in the
global economy.

Specifically, we respectfully request that you:

  • Fund WIOA Title I formula and national employment and training programs at the authorized levels so states, localities, and other partners can fully realize the bipartisan vision outlined by WIOA;
  • Support adult education and literacy programs under WIOA Title II at the authorized levels so Americans are able to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities;
  • Provide no less than $680 million to Wagner/Peyser Employment Services activities under Title III of WIOA to give states necessary, additional resources to operate WIOA’s intensive reemployment services;
  • Fund vocational rehabilitation program and other employment services at levels authorized under WIOA Title IV for adults and students with disabilities;
  • Reinvest current levels in the Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grants to enable states to provide useful information about skills, employment, and earning outcomes to help businesses fill skilled positions;
  • Expand apprenticeships by increasing Congressional investment to $200 million for FY 2019; and 
  • Provide $1.9 million for the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program to help employers and labor unions recruit, train, and retain women for nontraditional employment opportunities.

Thank you for your attention to these critical issues. We look forward to working with you as we invest in the U.S. workforce to meet the needs of America’s workers and employers today and into the future.

Sincerely,

 

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