Obama Administration: SKILLS Act Fails to Meet the Needs of Adults With “Literacy and English Language Needs”

(Updated below)
STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICYIn case you missed it, here is the Obama administration’s official response (known as a “Statement of Administration Policy”) to the SKILLS Act. The Republican-led bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act recently passed in the House, but is likely dead-on-arrival in the Senate.

The administration says the SKILLS Act “would eliminate, or allow the consolidation of, many targeted programs, without providing the critical assistance needed by vulnerable populations,” including “adults with literacy and English language needs.” (my emphasis)

UPDATE: Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris also released a statement last week that was critical of the SKILLS Act. He doesn’t mention adult literacy specifically.