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

Support Funding for Workforce Programs

Support Workforce Investments in FY2020

*Programmatic Request*

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Deadline: Thursday, March 21st

 

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
2020.

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, and its funding is critical to the success of this mission.

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. Our workforce development system is tasked with making sure that all workers, particularly those with barriers to employment,
have the skills they need for these jobs and meaningful employment.

According to a 2018 Council of Economic Advisors report, the U.S. invests in workforce development at drastically lower levels than all other developed countries. We need to strengthen investments today, so that the workers have the skills and support services
need to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.

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 $250 million for FY 2020; 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 Betsey Coulbourn in Rep. Blunt Rochester’s office at Betsey.Coulbourn@mail.house.gov. 

Sincerely,

 

Suzanne Bonamici                                          Lisa Blunt Rochester                                     

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

 

Letter Text:

Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:

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) 2020 Appropriations Act, we respectfully request that you provide
substantial investments in job training programs in the final bill. 

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, and its funding is critical to the success of this mission FY 2020 reflects a critical point in our nation’s workforce investment strategy, with states and localities implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity
Act and adapting to the final regulations. Robust funding is key for this potential to be realized.

Despite efforts to get our economy back on track since the Great Recession, many working families are still struggling to make ends meet. Wages are stagnant while people are facing rising rent prices, inaccessible transportation, and skyrocketing childcare
costs. 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. Our workforce development system is tasked with making sure that all workers, particularly those with barriers
to employment, have the skills they need for these jobs and meaningful employment.

According to a 2018 Council of Economic Advisors report, the U.S. invests in workforce development at drastically lower levels than all other developed countries. Businesses are struggling to find workers with appropriate skills, and workers are missing
an opportunity to connect with a meaningful pathway to a better-paying job. We need to invest today, so that the workers have the skills and support services need to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.

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. Employers can align training with the skills
they need, and workers learn while they earn.

Maintaining funding for WIOA implementation is necessary for states to fully carry out congressional reforms. Investing in workforce programs – and the support services necessary for workers to succeed in them – will improve our nation’s economic competitiveness
and 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 make sure 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 can 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 $250 million for FY 2020; 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 continuing to work with you to invest in workforce programs to provide workers with meaningful pathways to better paying jobs and connect employers with workers who have the skills
they need to thrive in a global economy. 

Sincerely,

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