FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Cities Thank President for Signing Workforce Bill

July 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. - National League of Cities President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn., issued the following statement today after President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law:

"We are glad to see President Obama sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to help the nation train a workforce that is globally competitive for decades to come. A streamlined and modernized workforce system means that cities and their residents will have opportunities to obtain the critical skill sets and expertise needed to successfully participate in the 21st Century workforce. Not only is this good for workers and their families, but entire communities will benefit from having more workers in higher-skilled, higher-paying jobs.

"We thank both the House and Senate for overcoming partisan differences and working together to pass this law. We hope this spirit of bipartisanship continues as we work on some of our nation's other critical issues-including transportation reauthorization, marketplace fairness and immigration."

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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