Press Releases

Courtney Introduces Legislation to Reduce Violence Against Health Care and Social Service Workers

11.16.18   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Joe Courtney, (CT-02), a senior member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, introduced legislation aimed at curtailing rising rates of on the job violence facing health care and social service employees such as nurses, physicians, emergency responders, medical assistants, and social service workers. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, H.R. 7141, directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Tell Trump to End Attacks on Americans’ Health Care

11.16.18   WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders on health care committees in the House and Senate today called on the Trump administration to cease their continued attacks on affordable, comprehensive health care for Americans, following a proposed change to the interpretation of Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act that would further open the door to junk insurance plans and undermine health care for people with pre-existing conditions. "We write to express our serious concerns that the Administration's ne… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott: Title IX Proposal Would Be “Damaging Setback” for Efforts to Prevent Campus Sexual Misconduct

11.16.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the Education Department's proposed rule, released today, which revises standards for schools' responsibility under the Title IX to respond to campus sexual assault and harassment. "The Title IX proposal released today would be a damaging setback for our efforts to prevent campus sexual harassment and assault. The bottom line is that by allowing schools to use this new process and evidentiary standa… Continue Reading


Top Democrats Unveil Bill to Protect Students from Seclusion and Restraint Practices

11.14.18   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act to protect students from the dangers of seclusion and restraint at school. The legislation would make it illegal for any school receiving ta… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Statement on the Trump Administration’s Actions to Undermine Women’s Preventive Health Care

11.11.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury finalized two rules that give employers and institutions of higher education the ability to deny women coverage for preventive services based on "religious or moral" objections. "The recent decision by the Departments to roll back protections for insurance coverage of preventive health care under the guise of religious liberty is a direct attack … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Statement on Election Results

11.07.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the midterm election results. "Millions of people from diverse communities across the country have come together to call for a change. They are demanding a government that works to improve the lives of all Americans. It is now our responsibility to make sure their voices are heard. "While elections are defined by what makes us different, governing should be guided by the values and aspirations we sh… Continue Reading


Top Democrats Question DOL’s Decision to Rely on Unscientific, Undisclosed Data to Change Child Labor Laws

11.02.18   WASHINGTON - Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the top Democrat on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), the top Democrat on the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) questioned the Department of Labor's failure to publicly disclose unscientific data used to justify a proposed rollback of child labor standards. In a letter to Secretary Alexander Acosta, the Members said the … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Statement on October Jobs Report

11.02.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 250,000 jobs in October, with the unemployment rate at 3.7 percent. "Today's jobs report once again shows that despite the continued strength of the U.S. economy, too many U.S. workers are still being left behind. Even accounting for the increased wage growth reflected in this report, workers' wages are barely keeping pace with inflation. Many peop… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Blast DeVos for Deeply Flawed Rulemaking Process That Could Weaken Key Protections for Students

10.31.18   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, sent a letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos urging the Department of Education (ED) to suspend the flawed, forthcoming negotiated rulemaking process that could abandon key protections for students and give predatory institutions free reign to take advantage of st… Continue Reading


Ranking Members Scott, Nadler & Murray Release Bill to End Forced Arbitration in the Workplace, Restoring Critical Rights for American Workers

10.30.18   WASHINGTON ? Today, House Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced H.R. 7109, the Restoring Justice for Workers Act, legislation to overrule the 2018 Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis by ending forced arbitration clauses and protecting workers' ability to pursue work-related claims in court. The legislation will be introduced in the Senate by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-… Continue Reading


Top House Democrats to DeVos: Reverse Changes to College Scorecard

10.29.18   WASHINGTON - Today, four House Democrats sent a letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos calling on the Department of Education to reverse its changes to the College Scorecard, a widely used tool that helps prospective students make informed decisions regarding college enrollment. In September, the Department removed a metric from the College Scorecard that allowed consumers to compare schools' academic and financial outcomes to the national median, which allowed students and parents to make sense of the… Continue Reading


GAO Report: Students in Poorer and Smaller Schools Have Less Access to Courses That Help Prepare Them for College

10.26.18   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the top Democrat on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, released a GAO report that found that students in relatively poor and small schools have less access to high school courses that help prepare them for college. Ranking Member Scott initially requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate the disparities in college preparation due to high school enrollment and course offerings in high school. In their report,… Continue Reading


Top Democrats to OMB: Don’t Suppress Data on Pay Discrimination

10.24.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), the top Democrat on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), the top Democrat on the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney requesting that he reverse a decision to stop the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from collecting data on pay discrimination. Under the Obama administration, the … Continue Reading


Democratic Committee Leaders Slam New Trump Administration Health Care Sabotage

10.22.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the three House Democratic leaders of the committees with jurisdiction over health care, Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following joint statement after the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury issued a new guidance. This guidance continues Republicans' unrelenting push to sabotage… Continue Reading


Over 150 Democrats Call on DeVos to Release More Information about the Department’s Failure to Faithfully Implement the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

10.17.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, along with Representatives Susan Davis (CA-53) and John Sarbanes (MD-03), and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), led more than 150 Democrats requesting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos turn over more information-and swiftly act to fix- regarding the Department's flawed handling … Continue Reading


Bonamici Applauds Court Decision on Student Debt Relief

10.17.18   WASHINGTON, DC [10/16/18] - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) applauded a court decision that allowed an Obama-era rule that protects student loan borrowers and holds predatory for-profit colleges accountable to go into effect today. The decision ended months of delay for the enforcement of the Borrower Defense rule, which was originally announced in 2016. More than 100,000 borrowers in the country, including many Oregonians, were deceived by for-profit colleges. Many of the students who w… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Statement on Court Ruling in Borrower Defense Lawsuit

10.16.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a federal court judge ruled the Department of Education illegally delayed the "Borrower Defense" (BD) rule. The rule was established under President Obama in the wake of two massive for-profit college closures to provide relief to defrauded students. "Today's court ruling is a major victory for students. In September, the Court found the Department illegally delayed the Borrower's Defense regulations, delaying … Continue Reading


Rep. Mark Takano Statement on Court Decision Regarding Borrowers’ Defense Rule

10.16.18   WASHINGTON - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement after a U.S. District Court judge denied an injunction that would have reversed a rule promulgated in 2016 to protect student loan borrowers from misleading, deceitful, and predatory practices: "Today's court decision on the 2016 borrowers' defense rule is a major victory for students across the United States. The court's ruling has permitted these much-needed consumer protections to take effect at noon today, putting an… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Material Errors in Education Department’s Recommendation to Recognize Troubled College Accreditor

10.05.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the statement in response to news reports revealing the Department of Education's recommendation to grant the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) another year as a recognized accreditor mischaracterized input from respected accrediting agencies. "The inaccuracies in Ms. Auer Jones's report recommending recognition for the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) calls into question the legi… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on September Jobs Report

10.05.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 134,000 jobs in September, with the unemployment rate at 3.7 percent. "Today's jobs report once again shows that despite the continued strength of the U.S. economy, too many U.S. workers are still being left behind. While corporate profits and shareholder buybacks are hitting record highs, annualized wage growth is just 2.8%, which is barely enoug… Continue Reading

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