Washington, D.C. – The members of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Governors’ Council – Jim Douglas of Vermont, Brad Henry of Oklahoma, Linda Lingle of Hawaii, Sonny Perdue of Georgia and Ted Strickland of Ohio – applaud the Senate passage of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:
“Representatives John Kline (R-Minn.), George Miller (D-Calif.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) and Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas) should be congratulated for developing a bipartisan, bicameral bill that will greatly improve the federal workforce system.
“Americans continue to struggle to get their financial footing as the national economy continues to languish. Congress has been too gridlocked to effectively address the needs of the American family. We are therefore particularly pleased to see strong bipartisan action to improve the effectiveness of the nation’s multi-layered workforce development programs. We hope the president will quickly sign the legislation into law.
“Earlier this year, BPC’s Governors’ Council released a report recommending a ten-state demonstration project that would give governors maximum flexibility to use federal resources to meet the needs of their state’s employers and those looking for work. Similar to BPC’s proposal, this bill includes program consolidation so that federal dollars can be better used to meet the needs of the unemployed rather than on administrative expenses.”