On April 28th, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee marked up S. 697, Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act by a vote of 15-5. The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment & the Economy is planning to markup its TSCA discussion draft on May 14th, with a full Committee markup to occur shortly thereafter, and before the Memorial Day recess. The discussion draft is expected to be introduced as a bill before the full Committee markup.
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) has introduced H.R. 823, legislation to better integrate STEM education in to elementary and secondary instruction and curricula and for other purposes. The bill was assigned to the House Education and Workforce Committee where is must be considered before possibly sending it to the House Floor.
On May 4th, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced S. 1185: A bill to better integrate STEM education into elementary and secondary instruction and curricula, to encourage high-quality STEM professional development, and to expand current mathematics and science education research to include engineering education. Upon introduction, the bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.
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President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.
The new law provides states and local workforce boards more flexibility to adapt these programs. Authorizing $58 billion in federal workforce development over the next six years, the bill requires job training programs to document how many people find jobs afterwards. States will be required to establish four year plans for workforce development.