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On July 26, ABC Senior Director of Legislative Affairs Peter Comstock participated in a roundtable hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. The roundtable focused on the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and policies to better connect job creators and small businesses with job seekers.

The WIOA reauthorization provides the opportunity to upskill, educate and grow a productive workforce for construction that will assist the construction industry’s ability to complete projects in an effective and efficient timeframe. ABC highlighted the new challenges and workforce shortages that have left many contractors throughout the country in desperate need of qualified, skilled craft professionals. ABC believes that any reauthorization of WIOA must consider best practices from industry to better expand workforce development opportunities for all of America’s workers. 

The roundtable was attended by committee members Reps. Rick Allen, R-Ga., Bob Good, R-Va., Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., Kevin Kiley, R-Calif., Lisa McClain, R-Mich., Burgess Owens, R-Utah, and Tim Walberg, R-Mich.