Press Releases

Scott Statement on Republicans Failed Attempt to Pass Trumpcare

03.24.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after House GOP Leadership postponed consideration of H.R. 1628 - Trumpcare: "Today is a victory for health care security for millions of families. The bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was a bad deal for the American people, and even those who oppose the Affordable Care Act recognized the serious flaws with the Republican plan. By every measure, the Republican bill made things worse - by increasing… Continue Reading


Bonamici Statement on Canceled TrumpCare Vote

03.24.17   WASHINGTON, DC [03/24/17] - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) released the following statement after House leadership canceled the vote on the American Health Care Act, also known as TrumpCare: "This bill was a disaster, and I'm glad it was pulled from consideration before a vote. "TrumpCare would be devastating. Oregonians and Americans would pay more and get less. Many would face a future without health insurance, or with inadequate coverage. It's especially bad for seniors, who wo… Continue Reading


Blunt Rochester Statement on President Trump and House GOP Pulling ACA Repeal Bill

03.24.17   WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Blunt Rochester issued the following statement after President Trump and the House GOP pulled the Affordable Care Act repeal bill: "Twenty-four million Americans and tens of thousands of Delawareans would have lost coverage under the American Health Care Act. What happened today is a victory for them and all Americans. The Affordable Care Act insured tens of millions of Americans, added protections against gender discrimination, and ensured that those with preexisting con… Continue Reading


Leading Children’s Health Groups to House of Representatives: Keep Medicaid Strong

03.22.17   Washington, DC-The American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Defense Fund, Children's Dental Health Project, Family Voices, First Focus Campaign for Children, March of Dimes and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners issue the following joint statement opposing the American Health Care Act's (AHCA) drastic changes to Medicaid and their detrimental impact on children and families: "Our organizations represent children, pregnant women, families, children's health care providers an… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Students with Disabilities

03.22.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court released their decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. The case addressed whether or not the school district provided a free, appropriate public education to a student with autism. Ranking Member Scott co-lead an amicus brief to the Court with Senator Patty Murray last fall, citing the extensive legislative history showing congressional intent to provide a meaningful bene… Continue Reading


Scott: Association Health Plans Shift Costs Onto Workers

03.22.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, by a vote of 236-175, largely on party lines: "H.R. 1101 would undermine the progress made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), weaken state-level consumer protections and shift costs onto working people. This association health plan idea has been studied for years and it has been concluded that it's a bad idea. Under the A… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Urge Senate to Press Acosta on Upholding DOL Mission

03.21.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on the Education and Workforce Democrats sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions regarding the upcoming nomination hearing of Mr. R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Department of Labor. Specifically, they want to know how Mr. Acosta intends to carry out the DOL's mission to "foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners [.]" "During Mr. Acosta's upcoming con… Continue Reading


Davis: Financial Aid Programs Require Investment, Targeting

03.21.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53), Ranking Member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, delivered the following statement during a hearing on federal student financial aid. Rep. Davis emphasized the need to expand access to higher education through robust investments in federal student aid. Key Excerpts from Rep. Davis' Remarks: "Since the Higher Education Act's enactment, the United States has made substantial progress in college access. Student of color a… Continue Reading


Bonamici: Education Department Turns Back on Struggling Student Loan Borrowers

03.17.17   WASHINGTON, DC [03/17/17] - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) released the following statement after the Department of Education rescinded guidance that prohibited imposing collection fees on borrowers who take action quickly to repay their defaulted loans: "Those who are struggling to pay their students loans can face lifelong consequences that will affect their ability to rent an apartment or buy a car if they go into default. We must create more opportunities to prevent individuals… Continue Reading


40 House Dems to DOL: Don’t Delay Fiduciary Rule

03.17.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and Workforce, Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and 37 other Democratic Members of Congress sent a letter to Ed Hugler, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), expressing opposition to the DOL's proposed 60-day delay of its fid… Continue Reading


Scott, Foxx, Murray, Alexander Request Briefing from Department of Education on FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Outage

03.16.17   WASHINGTON -Senators 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 Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking for more information about the cause and scope of the outage of the Internal Revenue Services' Data… Continue Reading


Adams Statement on the Budget Blueprint’s Impact on HBCUs

03.16.17   Washington, D.C.-Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after the administration announced their "skinny" budget. "Less than three weeks ago, this administration claimed it is a priority to advocate for HBCUs but, after viewing this budget proposal, those calls ring hollow," said Congresswoman Adams. "This budget slashes critical funding for institutions, students, and their families. "With a 13% cut to federal education funding amounting to a nearly $4 billion resci… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on President Trump’s FY18 Budget

03.16.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House released an outline of its Fiscal Year 2018 budget priorities, known as the "skinny budget." "This budget proposal is yet another broken promise from the Administration to the American people. Cutting $54 billion from programs that help protect and support working families to learn and earn is no way to grow the national economy or put people back to work. Working families deserve a budget that… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Criticize Secretary DeVos on Rushed and Problematic State Plan Template

03.13.17   WASHINGTON -Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement today on Secretary DeVos' state plan template, which does not require stakeholder engagement or public comment, raising a number of initial concerns about whether this template complies with the Every Student Succeeds Act. "We are disappoin… Continue Reading


Shea-Porter Statement on Huge Coverage Losses Under Republican Health Care Bill

03.13.17   WASHINGTON, DC- Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after the independent, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the Republican health care bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). "Today's estimate by the independent Congressional Budget Office that 14 million Americans would lose their insurance next year under the Republican health plan should be the nail in the coffin for this draconian proposal, which would not only ta… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on CBO Analysis of Republican Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

03.13.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office announced that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured under the Republicans' Pay More For Less bill. "The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed what we already knew - that millions of Americans would lose access to affordable health insurance under the Republican plan. This proposal was put together without considering the fundamental principles of arithmetic. By skewi… Continue Reading


Polis statement on U.S. Department of Education’s closed-process for ESSA implementation

03.13.17   WASHINGTON: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education's new application template for states to develop their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Department of Education's guidance follows the U.S. Senate's passage of H.J. Res 57, a resolution to overturn key accountability protections in ESSA. The new template removes a key requirement that states consult stakeholders when drafting the state plan. "Elim… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Call on Secretary DeVos to Implement Every Student Succeeds Act As Congress Intended

03.10.17   (Washington, D.C.) -Representative 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, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today inquiring about the Department's proposed state template and encouraging the Department to make sure the plan complies with the federal guardrails the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) puts in place… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on February Jobs Report

03.10.17   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 235,000 jobs in February, with the unemployment rate at 4.7 percent. "President Trump claimed he was handed 'a mess' by the Obama Administration, but we know that is not accurate. Under President Obama the unemployment rate was cut in half while GDP and median income rose. The economic growth reflected in today's jobs report shows Presi… Continue Reading


Polis Statement on Senate Passage of Resolution to Unravel School Accountability Measures

03.09.17   WASHINGTON: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate passage of H.J. Res 57, a resolution to overturn key accountability protections in the Every Student Succeeds Act. "The Senate's vote today represents another example of Republicans chipping away at our bipartisan work on the Every Student Succeeds Act," Polis said. "The accountability provisions in the law represent critical civil rights protections for students and go hand-in-hand with the Depart… Continue Reading

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