NAWB’s location in Washington DC means that our members have a voice on Capitol Hill to advocate for funding and policies advance the needs and work of local and state workforce development boards. We are committed to building relationships with Members of Congress and to ensuring that our members have the tools and support they need when they have the opportunity to meet with their Senators, Representatives, or staff members.
Recent Work on the Hill
NAWB members receive regular messages related to our advocacy activities on the Hill. Here is a summary of our most recent work:
NAWB Board Members visited the Hill recently and conducted visits with more than twenty Senate and House Members and staff on the Appropriations Committees and the authorizing committees to let them know the good work being done and the impact of that work.
Washington Update regarding efforts to support Maine workforce boards.
In June 2017, CEO Ron Painter testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development regarding the progress made in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. He shared select examples of workforce successes that have helped job seekers get back to work and American businesses find talented workers.
The subcommittee's goal in the hearing was to understand how WIOA implementation is progressing, and whether the changes set forth in WIOA are having intended impacts.
In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie said, "...now more than ever, it is important we deliver on implementation, ensuring that American workers are being given the skills they need to thrive in the twenty-first century economy."
During his testimony, Ron said, "We urge the 115th Congress to renew its commitment to maintaining a world-class skilled workforce... by maintaining funding levels for WIOA programs in FY18."