CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is expected to consider H.R. 1855 on the floor on July 19, 2010, under suspension of the rules, which require two-thirds votes. Rep. Loebsack (D-IA ) introduced H.R. 1855 on April 1, 2009, and it was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor.
H.R. 1855 amends the Workforce Investment Act to create industry or sector partnership grant programs for workers within interconnected industries where the industries share a common workforce.
Entities that can apply and receive grants are either industry or sector partnerships or state agencies.
The Secretary of Labor shall award implementation grants and renewal grants to eligible entities. The implementation grant shall not exceed $2,500,000 for a three-year period, and $250,000 or 10 percent of the grant, whichever is higher, may be used for planning purposes in the first year of the grant. A renewal grant shall not exceed $1,500,000 for a three-year period. The federal share of these grants is 90 percent in the first year, 80 percent in the second year, and 70 percent in the third year.
Award recipients will issue an annual report to the Secretary of Labor within a year of receiving an award, and the Secretary of Labor will issue an annual report to Congress.
Some Members may be concerned that the legislation would establish three new grants with awards of up to $2.5 million to coordinate industry partnerships using funds appropriated through the Workforce Investment Act.
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which succeeded the Job Training Partnership Act, as enacted to increase coordination among federal workforce development and related programs. Authorization of appropriations under Workforce Investment Act expired in FY2002 but has been extended annually through Labor-HHS-ED appropriations.
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