Press Releases

Scott, Davis Request Study to Examine Ed Department’s Ability to Forgive Federal Loans of Public Servants

04.24.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Bobby Scott (VA-03), and Susan Davis (CA-53), the ranking members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce Development, respectively, sent a letter to the Government Accountably Office, asking for more information on how the Department of Education implements the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Earlier today, Reps. Scott and Davis signed a separate letter asking U.S. Secretary of Education… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on March Jobs Report

04.07.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after he Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added a total of 98,000 jobs in March, with the unemployment rate at 4.5 percent. "The economic growth reflected in today's jobs report once again disproves President Trump's claim that he was handed 'a mess' by the Obama Administration. However, President Trump and Congressional Republicans have failed to build on the economic progress made during the O… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Statement on Silica Rule Delay

04.06.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced that the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard for the construction industry has been delayed until September. "We are disappointed that the Trump Administration has chosen to delay t… Continue Reading


Scott, Cartwright, Casey, and Manchin Introduce Bills to Protect Miners, Strengthen Safety Standards

04.05.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17), and Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act of 2017, H.R. 1912 and the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act of 2017, H.R. 1903. These bills would reform the federal program that provides benefits to coal miners suffering from black lung disease and provide the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) with improved tools to investigate u… Continue Reading


Rep. Takano, Committee Democrats Voice Strong Opposition to Bill that Weakens Overtime Rights for Low-Income Workers

04.05.17   Washington, D.C. - Today, at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Rep. Takano and Committee Democrats voiced strong opposition to the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R.1180). The bill would weaken overtime rights for low-income workers who are already struggling to keep pace with the economy. Instead of paying workers for their overtime work, the legislation allows employers to pocket employees' overtime pay in return for a vague promise that employees may be able … Continue Reading


Scott, Waters, Cummings Denounce Trump Administration’s Delay of Conflict of Interest Rule

04.05.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Bobby Scott (VA-03), Maxine Waters (CA-43), and Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Ranking Members of the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, and Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's delay of the conflict of interest rule: "It is unacceptable that now - days before the final conflict of interest rule is scheduled to begin - the Trump Administration is carelessly delaying the rule for an … Continue Reading


Committee Approves Bill to Enhance Opportunity for Vulnerable Youth, Improve Juvenile Justice

04.04.17   WASHINGTON - The House Committee on Education and the Workforce today approved H.R. 1809, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017. Introduced by Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) to help state and local leaders better serve at-risk youth and juvenile offenders. "Today's bipartisan Committee work brings us one step closer to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline," … Continue Reading


Committee Approves Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Support for Missing and Exploited Children

04.04.17   WASHINGTON - The House Committee on Education and the Workforce today advanced the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act (H.R. 1808). Introduced by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), chairman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, the bill updates the Missing Children's Assistance Act to help the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) strengthen its recovery and prevention efforts. Members issued the follow… Continue Reading


Griffith, Scott Request Black Lung Health Clinic Funding

04.03.17   Monday, April 3, 2017 - Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, led a letter to President Trump requesting an increase in funding for black lung health clinics. The Members in the letter requested, "$10 million for the black lung program, which is a $3.3 million increase over the $6.7 million funding level historically." The funding for the black lung health clinics has not increased in the past 5 ye… Continue Reading


Bonamici, Casey Defend Community Voices in Education

04.03.17   WASHINGTON, DC [04/03/17] - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), and members of the House and Senate Education Committees requested that the Department of Education enforce requirements in law that direct states and school districts to consult with local stakeholders while implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Last month, the Department removed stakeholder consultation requirements from its revised template that states must submit for federal a… Continue Reading


Democrats Push Trump Administration to Protect the Education of Undocumented Children

04.03.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Bobby Scott (VA-03), John Conyers (MI-13), Bennie Thompson (MS-02), and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), the Ranking Members of the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, respectively, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly asking them to remind public schools that they are still required to educate undocu… Continue Reading


Ranking Members of Ed & Workforce, Nat. Resources, and Science Committees Condemn Group Misleading Students on Climate Science

04.03.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Members Bobby Scott (D-Va.) of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) of the Committee on Natural Resources, and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, today condemned the Heartland Institute's distribution of politically motivated and scientifically inaccurate materials on climate change to science teachers at the nation's public schools. The campaign was recently uncovered by the PBS progr… Continue Reading


Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Opportunity for Vulnerable Children

03.30.17   WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today introduced the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 1809). Sponsored by Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), the bipartisan legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) to help state and local leaders better serve at-risk youth and juvenile offenders. Upon introduction, members issued the following statements… Continue Reading


Members Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Recovery, Prevention Efforts for Missing and Exploited Children

03.30.17   WASHINGTON - Members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today introduced the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act (H.R. 1808), legislation to strengthen efforts to recover missing children and support youth who are the victims of violent crimes. Introduced by Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02), and Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02), chairman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, the bipartisan bill updates and streamlines the Missing Children's… Continue Reading


Scott Condemns Trump Administration’s Decision to Pull Funding for School Diversity

03.30.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education's decision to not fulfil grant awards to school districts seeking to make public schools more diverse: "The Trump Administration's decision to end the Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities Grant Program is not only disappointing, but also shortsighted. The Administration's assertion, as reported by the Washington Post, that using $12 million already appropriated federal funds is 'no… Continue Reading


Scott, Committee Democrats Introduce Bill to Strengthen Opportunity for Disconnected Youth

03.28.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) introduced H.R. 1748, the Opening Doors for Youth Act of 2017-legislation to address the challenges facing youth who are disconnected from both school and work. Disconnected young people are commonly referred to as "opportunity youth" because of the tremendous potential they possess. At a panel discussion, Reps. Scott, Susan Davis (CA-53) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), and Matt Zone, National League of Cities President, highlighted the need … Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Stand Up to Attacks on Community Service, Volunteers

03.28.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing in the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development on the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs. Since 1994, more than one million individuals have served the nation through AmeriCorps, and earned more than $3 billion in scholarships to help pay for college or pay back student loans. "Since its founding, CNCS has engaged millio… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on the Trump Administration Rolling Back Workplace Rule, Giving Serial Labor Law Violators a Free Pass

03.27.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump signed a Resolution of Disapproval (H.J. Res 37) which overturned the rule implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (EO). This rule would have ensured that contractors disclose their labor, safety and civil rights violations, and that federal agencies evaluate those violations which are serious, willful, repeated, and pervasive when determining whether a contractor should rec… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Condemn President Trump for Weakening Accountability for Students, Parents, Teachers and Communities

03.27.17   (Washington, D.C.) - Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statements today on President Trump signing two resolutions that significantly weakens both the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act and makes it more difficult for teacher candidates to make informed decisions on the quality of their teacher… Continue Reading


Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While Student Aid Tool Is Unavailable

03.27.17   WASHINGTON - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively, and Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, and 39 additional Members of the Senate and House Education committees, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking the Department to take action to … Continue Reading

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