H.R. 1261 - Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act of 2003

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday May 7, 2003.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY RECORD VOTE OF 221-196, AFTER AGREEING ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 222-199 on Thursday, May 8, 2003.
MANAGERS: PRYCE/MCGOVERN
108th Congress
1st Session

H.R. 1261 - Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act of 2003

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

3. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

4. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

5. Provides that the amendments printed in the report may be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

6. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

7. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1261) to enhance the workforce investment system of the Nation by strengthening one-stop career centers, providing for more effective governance arrangements, promoting access to a more comprehensive array of employment, training, and related services, establishing a targeted approach to serving youth, and improving performance accountability, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill. The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. No amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

--------- SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER
(Summaries derived from information provided by amendment sponsor.)

1. McKeon/Boehner
Manager?s Amendment. Clarifies that if a state has more than one state unit for vocational rehabilitation, the representative of the designated state unit that serves the most individuals with disabilities would serve on the state workforce investment board. Makes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) a mandatory partner in the one-stop career center system, unless the Governor of the state notifies the Secretaries of Labor and Health and Human Services that the Governor does not want the TANF program to be mandatory partner. Reinstates the requirement that youth providers be selected by competitive process, unless the local board determines that there are insufficient numbers of eligible providers of youth services in the local area involved. Revises the factors for the youth formula for allocation of funds to states to better reflect available data on youth. Also clarifies that the new formula applies only to funds appropriated in excess of the level of funds appropriated in 2003. Revises the formula for allocation of funds to states under the consolidated adult funding stream. The amendment includes a hold-harmless provision for states so that in each year each state will receive at least what that state would have received under the current formulas for the three adult employment and training programs. Revises the new formula to create a two-part formula reflective of the population to be served. Clarifies that reemployment services provided to unemployment claimants are core services. Increases the authorized level for the youth grants to $1.25 billion. Clarifies that state-recognized tribes may continue to participate in the WIA program for Native Americans. Clarifies that housing assistance provided under the program for migrant and seasonal farmworker program may be permanent housing. Under Title II, the amendment clarifies that eligible agencies must demonstrate how they meet the goals established under this Section. Under Title II, the amendment ensures that eligible providers use grant funds under this section only after using funds available for similar services are used first. Concerning the Establishment of the National Institute for Literacy, the amendment provides that the Institute is under the direction of an Interagency Group, composed of the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services. This is current law. Under Title II, Internet Site - The amendment ensures that the Institute website provides information consistent with the purposes established in this Section. Under Title II, Transition. - The amendment provides for an orderly transition in the implementation of this title. The amendment makes additional clarifying, technical, and conforming amendments to Titles I and II. (10 minutes)

2. Allen
Allows the inclusion of an adult education representative on local Workforce Investment Boards.(10 minutes)

3. Vitter
Inserts language from Section 118 (relating to the Local plans of the WIA boards) into two parts of the bill: the Certification of One-Stop Centers (section 121) and Criteria for One-Stop Centers to be eligible for Infrastructure funds (section 122). (10 minutes)

4. Kline
Clarifies the methodology for determining the contributions that one-stop partner programs will make to the costs of infrastructure of the one-stop career center system. Requires that, when making the determination regarding the funds to be contributed, the Governor, in consultation with the State board, consider: the proportionate use of the one-stop centers by each partner; the costs of administration unrelated to the use of the one-stop centers by each partner; and other relevant factors. Requires that the funds provided by the one-stop partner programs for the infrastructure costs are to be provided from funds available for administrative costs under each program and that those funds shall be subject to whatever administrative cost limits are applicable to each program. (10 minutes)

5. Lewis (GA)
Extends the eligibility criteria age for those to be served by the programs that are intended to target services to out of school youth to 24 years old. (10 minutes)

6. Hastings (FL)
Increases the amounts that are required according to the formulas established under section 132(b)(2)(B) form 80 to 85 percent and reduces the discretionary amounts from 20 to 15 percent. (10 minutes)

7. Millender-McDonald
Clarifies the definition of eligible populations for job training services to include single parents, displaced homemakersand pregnant single women. (10 minutes)

8. Kaptur
Requires the Department of Labor to establish a coordinated system that provides technical assistance to localities when such assistance would not be duplicative to assistance provided by a state. (10 minutes)

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER (.pdf)

1. McKeon/Boehner

2. Allen

3. Vitter

4. Kline

5. Lewis

6. Hastings (FL)