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house Bill H.R. 803

The First Major Workforce Bill Since 1998

Argument in favor

Helps promote individual and national economic growth while reducing bureaucracy and modernizing workforce programs.

Argument opposed

While not imposing new obligations on employers or increasing worker rights, this bill is bipartisan, bicameral, and spends without overspending. Truly more good than not good here.

bill Progress

  • EnactedJuly 22nd, 2014
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed June 25th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 95 Yea / 3 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed July 9th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 415 Yea / 6 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Environment and Climate Change
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Water Resources and Environment
      Economic Opportunity
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 25th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 803?

This bill offers a number of provisions related to employment, job training, and education programs. The bill would, among other things:
-eliminate 15 federal programs, largely seen by both parties and both chambers as both redundant and outdated;
-apply a single set of outcome metrics to every federal workforce program under the Act;
-offer some workforce training programs to all workers, as opposed to those only in labor union apprenticeships; 
-offer Department of Labor technical assistance to Job Corps centers and operators; 
-reauthorize adult education programs;
-authorize GEAR UP grants to improve college access for disadvantaged youth; and
-overhaul the job training system for youth with disabilities. 


The bill impacts a broad range of programs related to employment, job training and education.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 803

$26.00 Billion
The CBO estimates that the bill would cost $26 billion over the 2014-2018 period.

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Of Note:

-Congress has not passed workforce legislation since 1998--the year Google became a legal corporation. 


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Official Title

An act to amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to strengthen the United States workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, employment, training, and education programs in the United States, and to promote individual and national economic growth, and for other purposes.