Pelosi Remarks at Signing of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

July 11, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at the signing of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, for bringing us together.  Thank you for your leadership.  Thanks to Chairman Kline, Chairwoman Foxx, Ranking Member Miller, Ranking Member Hinojosa, John Tierney, and Senators Harkin and Patty Murray for getting us to this place where we can come together in a very bipartisan, overwhelming way to support this jobs training bill.

“It’s a recognition that the American people are very talented.  It’s a recognition that the private sector stands ready to work with the workforce to provide the training.  We have the talent, we have many – our workers have many skills.  They need specific training to be a match, to meet the needs that the Speaker talked about, about those job vacancies.  So this is really important in making sure we have a workforce for the 21st century – skilled and trained to meet the needs of the private sector and the entrepreneurial spirit of America.

“Now we have to create more jobs to be filled by this trained workforce.  But today is really a good day, and again, I thank you Mr. Speaker.  Am I to yield to Mr. Kline?  Chairman Kline.”