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With an incredible bipartisan majority of 415-6, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) just passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The act is now on its way for President Obama to sign it into law. Historically, the Workforce Investment Act was first introduced in 1998. It has been 16 years since Congress last updated this program. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is the largest single source of federal funding for workforce development activities, sending nearly $3 billion each year to states to help adults, displaced workers and youth receive skills training and get jobs. Today represents a big step forward for job skills training – as well as a victory for a political system beset by gridlock.