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Congressman Rohrabacher supports the Job Training Improvement Act

Mar 2, 2005

Washington, Mar 2, 2005 - H.R. 27, the Job Training Improvement Act, will strengthen and improve America’s job training system to help states and communities ensure that workers get the training they need to find good jobs. This bill would:

  • Eliminating duplication and waste by consolidating three adult training programs into one adult funding stream;
  • Increasing cooperation among workforce development partners;
  • Giving Governors and state and local officials the flexibility they need to target resources toward the unique needs of their communities;
  • Strengthening partnerships between businesses and job training service providers;
  • Authorizing personal reemployment accounts of up to $3,000 to help unemployed Americans purchase job training and other key services.
  • The House plan builds upon the significant reforms made in the bipartisan Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) by consolidating three adult WIA programs (WIA adult, WIA dislocated worker, and Wagner-Peyser employment streams).
  • Consolidation will enable more job seekers to be served with no reduction in services, and will eliminate the confusing patchwork at the state and local levels.
  • The Republican goal is not to reduce funding for job training programs, but rather to ensure more workers are served for the money we are already spending.
  • For the consolidated adult grant, the plan authorizes the same amount in FY 2006 that the three individual programs received in FY 2005.
  • By combining programs and reducing bureaucracy and inefficiency, local one-stops will have even more flexibility and will be able to make each dollar go farther.

"With all the economic ups and downs California has experienced in the last decade," said Congressman Rohrabacher, "job training is critical to the prosperity of our area. I am pleased to support legislation that will strengthen the competitiveness of employees and local businesses."