WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022,which would invest in our nation’s workforce development programs to address the job skills gap and help fill open positions in Northwest and Central Illinois. The bill included Bustos’ amendment to ensure that workers dislocated by automation are given access to workforce development programs.
“Our nation’s persistent job skills gap is leaving good-paying positions unfilled, hampering our supply chains and holding our economy back,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Today I voted to pass bipartisan legislation to reinvest in workforce development – and I’m proud that my amendment was included to expand training opportunities to folks displaced by automation. With this action, we can train workers for 21st-century jobs and improve economic mobility – particularly in our rural communities.”
Federal investment in workforce development has fallen substantially over time. As a result, essential workforce development services are frequently unavailable to the people who need them most. Strengthening Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs is a key tool to help Americans get back to work and support businesses. As the country recovers from the pandemic, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022 will provide more workers with pathways to better-paying jobs, lower costs, and strengthen our economic recovery.
Congresswoman Bustos’ amendment included in the passage of the WIOA would increase funding for the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Dislocated Worker Grants program to ensure that workers who are dislocated by automation are included have access to WIOA programs.