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Garamendi Votes for Workforce Investments to Fill Job Openings, Lower Costs

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to reauthorize the “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” (WIOA), legislation that will help unleash the full potential of California’s workforce by ensuring Californians have the skills they need to succeed.  Amid the strongest job growth in modern times, these investments will connect Californians to a record number of job openings – bringing workers off the sidelines, increasing production and lowering the cost of key goods.

“Today, I proudly voted to invest in California’s workforce – our state’s greatest asset and the backbone of our economy,” Garamendi said.  “By fully funding our federal workforce development system, the ‘Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’ will deliver high-quality job training apprenticeship programs and empower Californians to take advantage of record job growth.  By getting more people back to work in good-paying jobs, this legislation will help increase production and bring down kitchen table costs for California families.  I remain laser-focused on building a better America by strengthening our economy, bolstering American manufacturing, and fixing our supply chains.”

WIOA makes up the heart of the United States’ workforce development system, but its Congressional authorization has not been renewed since lapsing in 2020.  Additionally, while the U.S. labor force has grown by roughly half over the past four decades, federal workforce development spending has fallen by two thirds.  This funding gap means that essential job training services are frequently unavailable to Californians who need them most.

Today’s reauthorization fully funds WIOA for six years, allowing the workforce development system to train one million American workers per year by 2028.  Additionally, it further expands pathways to opportunity by strengthening the Job Corps program, supporting summer and year-round jobs programs for young people and establishing a new employment program for formerly incarcerated Americans.  By helping fill a record number of job openings, these workforce development investments will power the economy and lower costs for working families. 

To further address good shortages and rising prices, the House passed the America COMPETES Act earlier this year.  This legislation will deliver transformative investments to strengthen the United States’ broken supply chains, reinvigorate American manufacturing and boost production across key industries.  The Congress is now working to deliver a final bipartisan, bicameral supply chain package to the President’s desk.

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