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Cardona Testifies on Education Appropriations

Washington Update

WIOA/Subcommittee Hearing

On Thursday, May 26, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held Fiscal Year 2023 Public Witness Day. Bob Lanter, Executive Director of the California Workforce Association testified before the Subcommittee on WIOA Title I funding as part of the Day.

Click here to watch the hearing.

Department of Labor

On Wednesday, May 25, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) again moved to invoke cloture on Lisa Gomez’s nomination to serve as the Assistant Labor Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration. Schumer had to withdraw a previous move to advance her nomination a month ago after two Senate Democrats, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris - who serves as the tiebreaker on 50-50 votes - tested positive for COVID-19 and were unavailable for votes.

Department of Education

On Thursday, May 26, the House Education and Labor Committee held the hearing “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education” where members heard testimony from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Biden administration’s fiscal year 2023 budget request of $88.3 billion in discretionary funding for his agency. In his testimony, Cardona said the budget prioritizes five areas including: pandemic recovery, a diverse educator workforce, addressing the opportunity and achievement gaps, inclusive and affordable higher education and creating pathways through postsecondary education to careers. In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA) said he is looking forward to the administration’s pandemic and learning loss recovery plans, investments in school innovation programs and access to higher education.

Click here to read the full article.

Infrastructure Week/WDC Advocacy

As part of Infrastructure Week, May 16-20, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, along with other state and local government organizations in the Big 7, released a joint press statement on the critical need for significant workforce development investments to ensure proper implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

Click here to read the joint Big 7 statement.

Click here to read a Politico story on the need for workforce development investments to address U.S. infrastructure needs.

Initial Jobs Report

In the week ending May 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 210,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 218,000. The 4-week moving average was 206,750, an increase of 7,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 199,500. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.0 percent for the week ending May 14, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's unrevised rate.

Click here to access the full report.

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