Press Releases

Scott Statement on the Introduction of $15 Minimum Wage Legislation

05.25.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after he joined Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to introduce H.R. 15, the Raise the Wage Act of 2017. The bill has more than 150 cosponsors in the House. "It's been ten long years since we last raised the minimum wage. While 29 states ha… Continue Reading

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Legislation to Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024

05.25.17   WASHINGTON-Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). The bill incrementally raises the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024: "We welcome the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage in eight steps t… Continue Reading

Scott, Sensenbrenner Celebrate Older Americans Month By Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Protect Older Workers

05.25.17   WASHINGTON, D.C. - TODAY, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for older workers. The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act is a companion to a Senate bill of the same name, introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Congressman … Continue Reading

Subcommittee Members See Need for Better Data in Higher Education

05.24.17   WASHINGTON - Today the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a hearing entitled "Empowering Students and Families to Make Informed Decisions on Higher Education." Through witness questioning and testimony, it became clear that students, institutions, and policymakers need better information about how students are faring in our higher education system. Improvements to the postsecondary data infrastructure must provide information in ways that better serve students while … Continue Reading

Scott, Cummings, Waters on Trump Administration’s Decision to Temporarily Halt Repeated Attempts to Undermine Fiduciary Rule

05.23.17   WASHINGTON - Bobby Scott (VA-03), Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), and Maxine Waters (CA-43), ranking members of the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Oversight and Government Reform, and Financial Services, issued the following statement on today's announcement that the Department of Labor's (DOL) fiduciary rule will be initially implemented after the conclusion of the current 60-day delay. "For years, Democrats have championed this common sense rule because it simply ensure… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on President Trump’s FY18 Budget

05.23.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal that cuts $9 billion from the Department of Education, slashes funding for the Department of Labor by 20 percent, and diminishes the Department of Health and Human Services' ability to deliver early learning programs and health care for the American people. "A budget is a reflection of priorities and in this … Continue Reading

House Passes Bill to Enhance Protections for Missing and Exploited Children

05.23.17   WASHINGTON - The House today passed the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act (H.R. 1808) by a voice vote. 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 strengthen national efforts to recover and protect missing and exploited children. Members issued the following statements: "Updating the law for the National Center fo… Continue Reading

House Passes Bill to Enhance Opportunity for Vulnerable Youth, Improve Juvenile Justice

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

Rep. Mark Takano Condemns Trump Proposal to Eliminate the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

05.23.17   Washington, DC - Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) today condemned the proposal in the Trump Administration's FY2018 budget to eliminate the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and reassign its responsibilities to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Though both are tasked with addressing civil rights issues related to employment, the purposes of the OFCCP and the EEOC are distinct. The OFCCP ensures that federal contractors comply with federal standards relate… Continue Reading

Bonamici Slams Trump Budget

05.23.17   WASHINGTON, DC - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Vice Ranking Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee and Top Democrat on the Environment Subcommittee, issued the following statement on President Trump's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal: "A budget is a statement of values and priorities. President Trump's proposed budget says more clearly than ever that his values and priorities do not align with those of America's working families. The budget slashes Medicaid health care pro… Continue Reading

Blunt Rochester Statement on Trump’s Budget

05.23.17   WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), a member of both the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Agriculture, issued the following statement on the proposed budget from President Trump: "While President Trump's proposed budget should reflect our values, strengthen our economy and improve our quality of life, it unfortunately, serves only to undermine and weaken the future of working families. Slashing funding for education and agriculture programs is an i… Continue Reading

At Hearing, Committee Democrats Oppose Efforts to Weaken Workplace Discrimination Safeguard

05.23.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on "The Need for More Responsible Regulatory and Enforcement Policies at the EEOC." More than 50 years after the creation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Commission continues to perform vital work combatting discrimination and advancing civil rights in the workplace. In its nearly 52-year existence, the EEOC has played a crucial role in laws that protect workers from discrimination on the job.… Continue Reading

Polis statement on Trump/DeVos education budget

05.23.17   WASHINGTON: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement today after President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 Budget that included massive cuts to public education. "The destructive funding proposals only further inequities in education. The budget would take precious Title I dollars, our program to support our neediest students and schools, and re-direct them to wealthier schools and unaccountable private schools. Moreover, the budget undermines innovative programs and flies i… Continue Reading

Committee Republicans Continue Efforts to Endanger Retiree Savings

05.18.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing entitled "Regulatory Barriers Facing Workers and Families Saving for Retirement." Subcommittee Democrats stand ready to work on meaningful bipartisan solutions to help Americans achieve a secure and dignified retirement. Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration's policies and priorities are the actual 'barriers facing working people and families saving for retirement' - no… Continue Reading

Scott, Conyers Introduce Bill to Address Racial Inequities in Public Education

05.17.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) introduced the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA). This legislation would empower parents and communities to address - through robust enforcement - racial inequities, including inequities in access to educational resources, in public education. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in th… Continue Reading

On Anniversary of Brown, Democrats Unveil Legislation to Invest in Schools, Create Jobs

05.17.17   WASHINGTON - Today, on the 63rd anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Representative Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and House Democrats introduced H.R. 2475 The Rebuild America's Schools Act of 2017. This legislation highlights the need for bold investment in school infrastructure as a means to achieve greater educational equity, while breathing new life into communities and creating jobs. "No child should learn, and n… Continue Reading

Committee Advances Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

05.17.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-05), the bipartisan legislation will strengthen and improve career and technical education (CTE). Thanks to legislative improvements to increase program accountability, including increased federal oversight and monitoring, the bill passed today is an improvement o… Continue Reading

Davis, Scott, Hirono, Murray Introduce Major Legislation to Secure Pell Grant Program and Make College More Affordable for Low-Income Students

05.16.17   WASHINGTON, D.C.- Representatives Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va), and Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Pell Grant Preservation & Expansion Act today that will expand and permanently safeguard the Pell Grant program, helping millions of low-income students offset the rising costs of college. The bill would improve the purchasing power of Pell Grants, permanently index the maximum grant to inflation, shift the Pell Grant program to fu… Continue Reading

House Democrats Launch Higher Education Campaign

05.15.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Ranking Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, and Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53), the Ranking Member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, launched "Aim Higher," a campaign where House Democrats will put forth bold policy solutions to make higher education work for all students. "For most Americans, education after high school is a necessity, not simply a desire," said Ranking Member Scott. "It … Continue Reading

NELP Applauds Federal Legislation on Accurate Workplace Safety Records

05.15.17   Washington, DC-Following is a statement from Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, in response to legislation being introduced today in the House and Senate that would restore the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ability to enforce requirements for larger employers in the most dangerous industries to keep accurate records of serious workplace injuries: "The Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness Restoration Act is critical to ensuring the heal… Continue Reading

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