Federal Legislation and Policy

CWA maintains a robust presence in Washington D.C., and works with other state and national partners to ensure that workforce development issues are at the forefront of appropriations discussions. We also maintain communications with the Department of Labor, Congress, and the Administration to ensure that legislation and policy that comes from D.C. has the effect of building up the workforce system, ensuring that local and state flexibility are maintained in the operation of the program, and that good outcomes are developed for the businesses and communities that local workforce boards serve.


Any discussion of federal workforce development legislation begins and ends with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which passed both houses of Congress in a bipartisan, near-unanimous vote of 95-3 in the Senate, and 415-6 in the House. Support for WIOA is unlike any other major program in the country, and for good reason. It is the common sense solution to workforce development, putting business in the lead of decision making, while incorporating the voices of Labor, Education, and the Community. These parties work together for a common goal, the prosperity of America through strong businesses that are staffed by an engaged, educated, innovative workforce.

This legislation is so important that we have a whole page dedicated to it. Please click here to get to that page and dive deeper into this historic legislation.

Federal Legislation

Below is a list of items CWA is following closely:

  • Appropriations – CWA supports WIOA funding to fully authorized levels, as determined by a near unanimous vote of consent in both houses of Congress upon the passage of WIOA.
  • Perkins Reauthorization – CWA supports funding for CTE programs, and increased alignment with the tenets and measures of WIOA.
  • TANF Reauthorization – CWA supports a loosening of the restrictions around skills training, and alignment with the tenets of WIOA.

Government Resources

CWA keeps tabs on the websites of all of the important California and federal players in workforce development on our Government Resources page.

To view the page, please click here.

CWA Federal Advocacy Blog

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