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No, our nation is not so divided – and the success of this law stands as proof

  • Joanna
  • November 14, 2016

In the wake of last week’s national election, it’s more clear than ever that our country is divided in many ways.

But just as in other tumultuous political times in our nation’s history, the truth is that there is far more that unites us than divides us. And focusing on those principles, values and beliefs can help keep our union strong.

To that end, we’d like to point out that the overwhelmingly bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was passed through the Senate on a vote of 95-3 and through the House on a vote of 415-6, is today being implemented in communities across the nation. Moreover, it’s helping improve the lives of Americans of all political, racial, social and economic stripes.

In Massachusetts, it’s helping put immigrants on track to master English and get to college.

In Illinois, it’s helping send under-employed individuals to nursing school.

In Georgia, it’s helping mid-career workers without postsecondary education transition into more stable jobs.

In Kentucky, it’s helping people “upskill” so that they can achieve long-held goals.

These are successes that were only made possible by the fact that leaders from both sides of the political aisle joined together to listen to Americans from all walks of life about what their communities needed when it comes to educational opportunities and job training.

These are successes that could not have come from a divided nation.

We are far more united than we’re all-too-often led to believe. And the more we recognize that, the more united we’ll be.