Legislation to update the Workforce Investment Act, overdue for reauthorization for more than a decade, is headed to the President’s desk following bipartisan support from both houses of Congress. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a compromise between Congresswoman Foxx’s SKILLS Act (H.R. 803), which passed the House in March of 2013 with bipartisan support, and the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356), which passed the Senate's HELP Committee with a bipartisan vote of 18-3 in July of 2013. “Today’s vote is the culmination of a long process of legislating the old fashioned way: discussion, negotiation and compromise. There is longstanding, bipartisan agreement that the current workforce development system is broken, and this bill turns that consensus into action,” said Representative Virginia Foxx. “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act modernizes our workforce development system to ensure that all our workers can prepare for and fill 21st century jobs, including individuals with disabilities,” said Senator Tom Harkin. The legislation was approved by a vote of 415 to 6 in the US House; it was approved by the Senate last month by a vote of 95-3 and will now be signed into law by President Obama.