Bipartisan action to address the jobs crisis has been woefully lacking since the onset of the Great Recession. But recently the Senate took just such an action:
“Job training plays a curious role in American politics. On the one hand, nothing is less controversial than calls for a better-skilled workforce. On the other hand, over the years federal training initiatives have attracted a — somewhat deserved — reputation as a backwater of inefficient spending and unaccountable programs. But in late June the notoriously unproductive Congress actually took an important step toward making things better with Senate passage of a bipartisan, bicameral compromise Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
It’s a revamping of the Workforce Investment Act, the Labor Department’s main job training initiative. The Senate passed it overwhelmingly, 95-3. There appears to be a good chance the House will pass the bill, and President Obama has indicated he’d sign it. And the bill, while hardly a cure-all, is a step in the right direction.”
We need more such efforts. And, of course, it is important that the House act on this as well.