On July 31, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 2013 (S. 1356) by a vote of 18-3. Only one amendment, dealing with the management of the troubled Job Corps program, was formally offered. It was accepted by voice vote. Some senators on the committee indicated in statements that they had other amendments that they were interested in adding to the bill, but did not offer them during the committee session. Presumably, some of these would be offered as floor amendments if and when the bill is considered on the Senate floor. It is unclear at this time when that might occur. Congress will adjourn for its annual August recess at the end of the week, and return after Labor Day to a full and contentious agenda as the end of the federal fiscal year approaches and funding issues must be resolved to keep the government running, even if only temporarily.
The version of the bill[PDF] approved by the committee today does not differ substantially from earlier drafts of the legislation.