[nfb-talk] {Disarmed} Fw: www_email

Kenneth Chrane kenneth.chrane at verizon.net
Mon Dec 9 23:45:04 UTC 2013

----- Original Message ----- 
From: senator at mikulski.senate.gov 
To: kenneth.chrane at verizon.net 
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 11:34 AM
Subject: Re: www_email


Dear Mr. Chrane: 


Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts about provisions in the Workforce Investment Act.  It's good to hear from you. 


I have always been - and remain - a strong defender of people with disabilities.  I am committed to working to help those with disabilities become independent, contributing members of society. I want you to know that I am fighting to make sure that the federal government keeps its commitment to the disabled, and continuing to look at ways to assist the disabled in becoming more and more self-sufficient.  


The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a reauthorization that is long overdue.  WIA helps people learn new skills and increases their chances of succeeding.  This bill is a major step toward improving the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and helping our nation remain competitive globally.  It allows local workforce boards to tailor their services based on regional employment and workforce needs.  This means that workers will get access to education and training for the skills needed to fill jobs, including professional development.  


I appreciate hearing of your concerns about Section 511 of the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356).  The goal of Section 511 is to divert youth with significant disabilities from subminimum wage employment and into integrated, competitive employment, not keep them there. If removed, employers would be encouraged to keep individuals with disabilities in subminimum wage employment. 


I also appreciate hearing of your thoughts about the proposed transfer of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) from the Department of Education (DOE) to the Department of Labor (DOL).  As you know, RSA oversees programs, such as counseling and job training, that help individuals with disabilities obtain employment and live more independently.  In contrast, the DOE oversees programs related to academic achievement and success for students.  


DOL's mission is to create opportunities for workers, through job training and advancement.  During consideration of this legislation, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee agreed that the overall mission of RSA more closely aligns with that of DOL than of DOE.  Additionally, including RSA in the DOL would increase opportunities for interagency collaboration, data collection, and dissemination of best practices throughout the federal government.  


I want you to know that I would not support legislation if I thought it would be detrimental to the advancement of individuals of disabilities in our society.  


Again, thanks for writing.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you in the future.EMAIL.BEGINHIDE.MERGE 




Barbara A. Mikulski 

United States Senator 



Barbara A. Mikulski
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