WASHINGTON, D.C. | July 9, 2014 -
The House of Representatives today considered the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), legislation that will help put Americans back to work by reforming the nation’s outdated workforce development system.
During debate, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) described how the bipartisan agreement will protect taxpayers and help workers compete for in-demand jobs.
Each year an estimated 300,000 innocent children fall victim to sex trafficking right here in the United States. The victims can be homeless or runaway youth; others are simply taken from their parents in the blink of an eye. The victims’ families are our neighbors, friends, and loved ones.
As a father of two and grandfather of four, for me it is impossible to fathom the pain and suffering they must feel, knowing their son or daughter is trapped in a modern-day slave trade filled with darkness and hopelessness. While we will never fully comprehend the grief these families are forced to bear, we can as a nation fight this heinous crime with every tool available.
To read Chairman Kline’s full remarks, click here.
To learn more about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/skillsact/.
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