[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book II)] [July 31, 1998] [Page 1381] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Statement on Senate Action on Job Training Reform Legislation July 31, 1998 For years now, I have been fighting for a ``GI bill'' for America's workers to modernize job training for the economy of the next century. I appreciate the bipartisan effort in the Senate that led to passage of legislation to do just that last night. This bill will make sure that job training in America helps our people meet the demands of a rapidly changing economy. I hope the House will continue this bipartisan effort to give Americans new training opportunities designed for the cutting- edge jobs of the future. This legislation will fundamentally reform job training by empowering individuals to learn new skills with a simple skill grant. It also consolidates the tangle of training programs; creates a network of One-Stop Career Centers; increases accountability to ensure results; allows States and communities to tailor programs to locally determined needs; and ensures that business, labor, and community organizations are full partners in system design and quality assurance. It targets vocational and adult education funds to educational agencies and institutions with the greatest need, and to activities that promote program quality. It improves the vocational rehabilitation program by streamlining eligibility determination, improving State planning, and strengthening program accountability. And it includes the youth opportunity areas initiative--which was funded in last year's appropriations process--that will create jobs and opportunity for out- of-school youth in high-poverty areas.