Rare bipartisan approval of job training measure
July 9th, 2014
06:23 PM ET
1 month ago

Rare bipartisan approval of job training measure

Washington (CNN) - In a rare display of bipartisanship the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a job training bill on Wednesday. The vote was 415 -6.

The measure was already approved by the Senate and now goes to the White House for the President's signature.

The "Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” overhauls the federal effort to promote training and education for American workers. It streamlines programs across government agencies, invests in training for jobs that employers can't fill because of a skills gap and aims to reduce administrative costs for programs at the state and federal level.

House Education and the Workforce Chairman Jon Kline, R-Minnesota, said on the House floor the system was long overdue for reform.

"Our nation's job training system is broken. We have too many ineffective programs, too much bureaucracy, and very little accountability; the voices of job creators are stifled, state and local leaders are tied up in red tape, and hard-earned taxpayer dollars are wasted," Kline said.

Instead of the regular partisan mudslinging frequently seen on the House floor, members from both parties got up and congratulated one another for finally agreeing on a compromise on a measure designed to reduce the unemployment rate and boost the economy.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. plain & simple

    What would happen if things like this occurred every day? We would have a government doing what they were voted into office to do. Accomplish something....novel concept for this day and age!

    July 9, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    --is this inclination towards congress Evil denial all these days of six years. Trash this entire congress idiots from next elections. Enough. They should have had this the day one–their only aim is to see Obama one term president and fail. Today world is laughing and they failed.

    July 9, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Chris..E.al

    Training is a good investment for sure it should be required to be president of the greatest nation on earth and we would be in better shape ? Play ball .

    July 9, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. nintex

    Am I dreaming? Did I really read this? See, it can be done if they would just get their minds off making President Obama a failure and work for the betterment of the country. Hope there is more like this to come! And soon! (Not holding my breath.)

    July 9, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    Well it's better late than never...

    July 9, 2014 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. morebs

    this country might need to hold elections every year then maybe things will get done for the sake of america

    July 9, 2014 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. Smitty

    Wow, its about time both houses need to be a whole lot more productive

    July 9, 2014 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    Amazing what a looming election can do in politics. it would have been a disaster if the house ( republicans) many of whom got elected on a jobs, jobs, jobs, by line, and have done nothing effective on that score since 2010.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 10, 2014 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  9. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Maybe the GOP is starting to worry that their do nothing agenda is going to come back and BITE THEM in November , guess what , THEIR RIGHT. CANTOR was only the first GOP to fall, see you in November GOP !!!!!!

    July 10, 2014 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  10. J Anthony

    Wow, miracles happen.

    July 10, 2014 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  11. Searcher1

    Wow, could you imagine a Congress that had both parties working FOR America? Well. don't expect it much with the TEA-GOP driving the Republican bus!

    July 10, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    It's about time and it's only happening because they know Americans are stupid and have short memories. Many have already forgotten what Bush did to this country and that's what the GOP hopes. It's like they're throwing a ball and saying look over there. They hope this is what people remember in November. Typical Election year stunt. But people are dumb enough to buy it.

    July 10, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    What's that you say? A jobs bill? Well, almost. What about the Highway Bill? We're about to layoff 750,000 people at the end of the month that are working on our roads and bridges across the nation.

    July 10, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    What's that you say? A jobs bill? Well, almost. What about the Highway Bill? We're about to layoff 750,000 people at the end of the month that are working on our roads and bridges across the nation.
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    Correction – 50,000 working on roads and bridges and 700,000 watching.

    July 10, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Rudy NYC says:
    July 10, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am
    What’s that you say? A jobs bill? Well, almost. What about the Highway Bill? We’re about to layoff 750,000 people at the end of the month that are working on our roads and bridges across the nation.

    The GOP's fantasy...

    "Can't you see the headlines now?

    Obama and Obamacare kill 750,000 jobs in one month! Impeachment to follow. Tune into Rush, Hannity and CNN for in depth analysis."

    July 10, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    What's that you say? A jobs bill? Well, almost. What about the Highway Bill? We're about to layoff 750,000 people at the end of the month that are working on our roads and bridges across the nation.
    ----
    Correction – 50,000 working on roads and bridges and 700,000 watching.
    ==========================================================
    Do you know why it takes 5 guys to change a light bulb?

    1 – You gotta have the guy who changes the bulb.
    2 – You gotta have the guy who's paying for the bulb and guy #1.
    3 – You gotta have the guy who sold the bad bulb, and is providing the warranty replacement.
    4 – You gotta have the guy who inspects the work when it is finished.
    5 – You gotta have the guy who first noticed the bulb was burned out in the first place because no one believed him.

    July 10, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |