Press Releases

Scott on the Administration’s Continued Attempts to Promote Discrimination

01.18.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement on its decision to create a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights: "Today, the Trump administration announced its decision to create a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights. This announcement must be examined as part of the administration's broader pattern of promoting di… Continue Reading


More than 150 Democrats Ask Trump to Invest in Public School Infrastructure

01.17.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and 153 House Democrats sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging the administration to invest in the critical infrastructure that affects every city and town in the nation - our public schools. Too many of the more than 50 million students and six million staff who learn and work in our public schools spend their days in facilities that fail to make the grade. "To address this crisis, the federal government should partner with states and te… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Meeting with Secretary DeVos to Discuss Discipline Disparities

01.11.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a meeting with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to discuss priority issues for House Democrats. Today's meeting was the first meeting between the Ranking Member and the Secretary. "My discussion with Secretary DeVos today reaffirmed for me that we share a common goal - to ensure all students are supported to achieve their full potential. Secretary DeVos and I will not always agree on the best ways to achie… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Medicaid Work Requirement Waivers

01.11.18   WASHINGTON - Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's guidance to state Medicaid directors encouraging work requirements designed to bar Americans from accessing health care services. "The administration's guidance today paves the way for states to establish work requirements for Medicaid recipients. This action is another attempt to erode popular programs on which families across the country de… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Passage of Anti-Worker Bill

01.10.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S. 140 [239 to 173]. Hidden in the package of non-controversial tribal water supply and lands legislation, was the poison pill H.R. 986, the so-called "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act." "The so-called 'Tribal Sovereignty Act' strips hundreds of thousands of workers employed at Indian-owned enterprises-such as casinos, hotels, and mines-of their voice in the workplace and the p… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on December Jobs Report

01.05.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 148,000 jobs in December, with the unemployment rate at 4.1 percent. "The latest jobs report shows that our economic recovery remains stable, yet there is still work to be done. Unfortunately, in the first year of the Trump administration, Congressional Republicans prioritized cutting taxes for the wealthy and undermining the Affordable Care Act … Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Raise Concerns about Undermining Comprehensive Health Care

01.04.18   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal (MA-01), and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to rollback health coverage protections by expanding association health plans. "Today, the Administration took further steps to undermine the health and well-being of the American people. The Department of Labor propos… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray: National Labor Relations Board Decision to Weaken Workers’ Rights “Represents a Low-Point for the Board”

12.21.17   WASHINGTON- Led by Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Representatives Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-MP) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) sent a letter to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Member, William Emanuel, voicing their concerns that his vote… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on ED’s Latest Action to Harm Defrauded Students

12.20.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education (ED) announced a new process for assessing and awarding borrowers defense to repayment claims submitted by former students of the now-closed Corinthian Colleges. "Today's action by the Department of Education will short-change thousands of students defrauded by the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, Inc. "By structuring financial relief according to earnings in comparison to other car… Continue Reading


Sablan and Takano Statement on NLRB Chairman’s Abuse of Power During Final Days

12.15.17   WASHINGTON - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, and Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-M.P.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued multiple, rushed 3-2 decisions that will undermine workers' rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). These decisions included Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd., … Continue Reading


Scott Condemns Action to Seek Delay of Rule Addressing Inequities in Special Education

12.14.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to seek a comment period for a delay of the Equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) rule, which addresses disproportionate identification, placement, and disciplinary treatment of students of color in special education. "I am deeply disappointed by the Department's efforts to propose a delay of the rule that addresses widespread disp… Continue Reading


After 13-Hour Markup, Republicans Pass Partisan HEA Reauthorization Under the Cover of Night

12.13.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a markup on H.R. 4508, the "Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act." H.R. 4508 makes college more expensive for millions of students and families by forcing students to borrow more, pay more to borrow more, and pay more to repay student loans. Just like the Republican tax plan, it puts corporate profits before students, asking families and students to pay more for a lower qua… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on NLRB’s Proposed Rollback of “Fair Election” Rule

12.12.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it will issue a Request for Information on whether to rescind its 2014 "Fair Election" Rule, which modernized the NLRB process for union representation elections. "The National Labor Relations Board voted 3-2 to issue a Request for Information on whether to rescind or modify the 2014 Fair Election Rule. This Rul… Continue Reading


Democrats Respond to DOL Extending Tip Regulations Comment Period

12.12.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05), vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), vice ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee issued the following joint statement in response to the Department of Labor's decision to grant … Continue Reading


The PROSPER Act: What People Are Really Saying (Continued)

12.12.17   Under the so-called "PROSPER Act" (H.R. 4508), for-profit colleges and corporate interests are the clear winners. Students and working families are the clear losers. Don't just take our word for it, we have received more than fifty letters from organizations who oppose H.R. 4508. Association of American Universities: "As drafted, the House plan is seriously flawed. It seeks to eliminate subsidized loans, on which nearly six million undergraduate students depend each year. It would eliminate the… Continue Reading


46 Democrats Urge Administration to Extend New Tip-Pooling Regulations Comment Period

12.11.17   WASHINGTON - Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05), vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), vice ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and 42 other Democrats sent a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta to reques… Continue Reading


The PROSPER Act: What People Are Really Saying…

12.08.17   Under the so-called "PROSPER Act" (H.R. 4508), for-profit colleges and corporate interests are the clear winners. Students and working families are the clear losers. Don't just take our word for it, read what other people are saying: The Institute for College Access & Success: "Simply put, this bill will make it both harder and costlier for students to earn a high-quality certificate or degree." Association of American Universities: "As drafted, the House plan is seriously flawed. It s… Continue Reading


Bonamici, Scott, 45 Democrats Fight to Protect K-12, Higher Education in Tax Reform

12.08.17   WASHINGTON - Today Education and the Workforce Vice Ranking Member Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), and 45 Democrats stood up for public education and urged tax bill conferees to mitigate the harmful aspects of the current tax proposal and instead advance a tax plan that supports public schools and investments in higher education. "This partisan tax proposal will have irreversible and lasting consequences for the future of K-12 and highe… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on November Jobs Report

12.08.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 228,000 jobs in November, with the unemployment rate at 4.1 percent. "Today's jobs report shows that our economic recovery remains stable, but our work in Congress is far from over. The reality is too many working people and families are still struggling to make ends meet because of stagnant wages. This is particularly relevant as Congressional R… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray, Casey Unveil New Report Showing Need to Protect Meat & Poultry Workers

12.07.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) released the findings of a Government Accountability Office report (GAO) calling for federal agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), to do more to protect w… Continue Reading

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