The House and Senate have drafted a bill on workforce investment, which acknowledges the work libraries do to help the public gain important employment skills and find jobs–and the legislation allows libraries to be paid for these efforts.
Over many years, our congressional library champions have worked (pdf) with ALA members to include language that would include libraries in the funding for employment help in any workforce legislation. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced the Workforce Investment in Local Libraries amendment to re-enforce the idea that libraries were helping the public find work and their efforts needed to be part of any Workforce bill moving forward. Thanks to their continuous work, libraries are part of this bill (pdf).
We hope the Senate will take up this House-Senate WIA Agreement for a vote in mid-to-late June, then it would move to the House. Sign up for our Legislative Action Center for advocacy opportunities to help push this legislation forward.