Senate Passes Federal Job Training Legislation

Passage of legislation to authorize federal job training programs marks a rare bipartisan agreement.

The Senate passed legislation to authorize federal job training programs, today.

The legislation passed on a 95-3 vote even though there’s been an election-year stalemate.

Congress last authorized the workforce law in 1998, and it expired in 2003. The legislation was negotiated by Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa, Patty Murray of Washington, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, as well as their counterparts in the House. It would authorize job training programs for six years and require them to document how many people are newly employed as a result.

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