Loebsack’s Legislation Included as Part of Workforce Investment Act
Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that legislation he authored, the SECTORS Act, was added to the larger Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization introduced by the Education and the Workforce Committee minority. As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Loebsack has pushed for the inclusion of his bill. The SECTORS Act will retool and streamline our workforce development programs to train workers for specialized fields by bringing together key players in our communities. Loebsack introduced the bipartisan SECTORS Act last year and in the previous Congress, during which it passed the House with unanimous bipartisan support.
“We must focus on rebuilding Iowa’s economy to put people back to work, help businesses thrive and compete with other rapidly developing nations,” said Loebsack. “I hear from employers that despite the unacceptable unemployment rate, they can’t find people with the skills they need and people looking for work can’t find training tailored to available jobs. SECTORS will ensure workers have the training they need to get good paying jobs and employers have access to a workforce that has the skills that are required to grow industries in a 21st century economy.”
“I am pleased the committee included this legislation in the overall WIA package and urge the Majority to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass this legislation, which is important for economic growth.”
The SECTORS Act is supported by groups such as the National Skills Coalition (formerly the Workforce Alliance), the Aspen Institute, the Alliance for American Manufacturing and the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing.
Additional details about the Workforce Investment Act of 2012 can be found here.