A bipartisan group of senators introduced a new Workforce Investment Act today.
The nation’s legislation to support job searching and training has been due for an overhaul since 2003.
Introducing the new version: Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
Murray, in a press release, said the senators had input from “businesses of all sizes, labor groups and education leaders who all want to make our economy stronger.
The release says the bill puts emphasis on using data to measure the effectiveness of workforce investments and “emphasizes real-world education training opportunities” such as on-the-job training and matches up workforce training and job search help with regional needs for employees.
The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs, put in a good word for the bill in a press release this morning. It said that it especially liked parts of it that "would help ensure education and workforce training programs lead to credentials valued by employers, which would help address America’s persistent skills and training gap.”