By a vote of 95-3, the Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803). At this point it will be sent back to the House, where it is also expected to pass, probably sometime after the July 4 week. The legislation is a bipartisan, bicameral compromise between two different bills previously passed by the House and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. Two amendments were considered during Senate debate on the bill. The first, introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), would have altered the bill's provisions that outline what governors must do when local areas fail to meet performance targets. The second, by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), would have reduced Department of Labor funding if it does not complete all the evaluation requirements contained in the bill. Both amendments were voted down.
AACC, along with ACCT, sent a letter to all Senate offices expressing support for the bill and opposition to the Flake and Lee amendments.