Yesterday, I met with a staffer on the House Education and Labor Committee, which oversees the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). He reinforced what we have suspected for some time now – reauthorization of WIA is being held up by healthcare as resources, time and attention are directed towards that monumental piece of legislation. He reviewed NASDCTEc’s WIA recommendations prior to our meeting and suggested that the best thing our members could do now is to contact their Congressman and urge them to reauthorize WIA. Tell your Congressman why WIA is important to your state, give timely and results-oriented examples, and tell them your state cannot wait any longer!
You can contact your Senators and Representative via email, or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask for your Senators’ and/or Representative’s office. If you call, remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the member of Congress. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the Workforce Investment Act.