House Votes on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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NAPLES, FL—The proposed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2022 reauthorizes various education and training services intended to assist individuals as they prepare to reenter the workforce. It is the main source of federal funding for employment and training programs for Americans without college degrees.

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) finds that the Democrats’ current version of WIOA lacks transparency and opens the door for abuse of taxpayer funds, taking the U.S. economy in the wrong direction.

Some of the worst policies in the bill include billions in new federal spending, weakening accountability for local workforce boards, placing union bosses ahead of the everyday worker via membership requirements, and a lack of apprenticeship innovation.

“This reauthorization is a missed opportunity,” said Robin Walker, Senior Director of Federal Affairs. “American workers need expanded opportunities for apprenticeships, innovation, and the on-the-job training—not more layers of bureaucracy. In the wake of unprecedented workforce shortages, this bill simply exacerbates America’s severe economic issues.”

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The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to experience the American Dream. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.