Press Releases

Bonamici to DeVos: Stop Putting Interests of For-Profit Colleges Over Interests of Students

08.18.17   BEAVERTON, OR [08/18/17] - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Vice Ranking Member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, spoke out on behalf of students after the Department of Education announced it would further delay requirements that colleges comply with a rule protecting student loan borrowers. The Gainful Employment rule protects students attending career colleges from being burdened by student loan debt that they cannot repay. The Gainful Employment regulation prohibits … Continue Reading


Scott Statement on CBO’s Report on Skyrocketing Premiums if Trump Administration Ends Cost-Sharing Payments

08.15.17   WASHINGTON - Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its assessment of the impact of terminating cost-sharing payments. "Today, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed that the Trump administration's reckless actions continue to jeopardize access to health coverage for millions of Americans across the country. For months, the administration… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on President Trump’s Response to the Violence in Charlottesville

08.14.17   WASHINGTON- Days after the horrific violence at a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump finally named the groups who perpetrated the violence: white supremacists and neo-Nazi sympathizers. Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in reaction to the President's remarks: "While I welcome the President's condemnation of overt racism and white nationalism in response to this weekend's horrible events, I remind everyone that actions speak loude… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Leaving the Virginia Marketplace

08.12.17   NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the announcement that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will leave the Virginia marketplace in 2018: "The Trump administration's reckless actions continue to jeopardize health coverage access for millions of Americans across the country. Just yesterday, Anthem announced they will no longer sell plans in Virginia's Marketplace citing "continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance. S… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on July Jobs Report

08.04.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 209,000 jobs in July, with the unemployment rate at 4.3 percent. "Today's jobs report shows that the economic gains we made in the recovery from the Great Recession remain strong. However, the report also includes the fact that wages are still stagnant. "According to the report, average hourly earnings for all employees in nonfarm employment ros… Continue Reading


Scott, Foxx Statement on Senate Passage of Juvenile Justice Bill

08.02.17   WASHINGTON - Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following joint statement praising the passage of juvenile justice reforms by the United States Senate. "More than one million at-risk and vulnerable children are counting on Congress to make commonsense reforms to federal juvenile justice policy that will have a real impact on co… Continue Reading


Scott, Conyers Statement on Reports of Trump Administration Plans to Attack Affirmative Action

08.02.17   WASHINGTON - Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03) and John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13), the ranking members of the House Committees on Education and the Workforce and the Judiciary, respectively, issued the following statement after reports surfaced that the Department of Justice plans to attack and undermine affirmative action programs in colleges and universities. "While we cannot comment on the veracity of this alleged memo, we are deeply concerned by news reports that the Department of Justice int… Continue Reading


Murray, Brown, Franken, DeLauro, Scott Introduce Bill to Stop Wage Theft, Boost Workers’ Financial Security

08.01.17   (Washington, D.C.) - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Al Franken (D-MN), and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act to crack down on employers who unfairly withhold wages from their employees. This bill would give workers the right to receive full compensation for all of the work they perform, as well as the right to receive regular paystubs and final paychecks in a timely manner. It would also… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Republicans’ Failed Attempt to Repeal the ACA

07.28.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Senate failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA): "As I have said many times before, if we are going to change the Affordable Care Act, we should improve it, not make it worse. In the middle of the night, Senate Republicans finally unveiled another disastrous version of Trumpcare and then voted on the legislation after having only seen the text two hours earlier. Unfortunately, this version of Trumpca… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Urge Republicans to Work With Them to Improve the Affordable Care Act

07.28.17   Washington, D.C. - The Ranking Members of four House Committees with jurisdiction over health care expressed their willingness to work together with Republicans today to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a letter sent to the Chairmen of their respective committees, the four Democrats called on Republicans to set aside efforts to repeal the ACA and instead to focus on expanding access to health care and lowering the cost of coverage. The letter comes after the vote on Trumpcare faile… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Bill to Undermine Workers’ Rights

07.27.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after House Republicans introduced the so-called "Save Local Business Act." This bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to prevent employees from holding joint employers accountable for wage theft and unfair labor practices. "Labor and employment laws have long held that, where more than one employer has the right to control the terms … Continue Reading


Murray, DeLauro, Scott Urge Secretary DeVos to Reverse Course and Enforce Student Protections Against High-Debt Career Training Programs

07.27.17   (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), ranking member of the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and 56 Members of Congress sent a letter today urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse the U.S. Department of Edu… Continue Reading


McEachin, Kaine, Beyer, Warner & 55+ Members Urge Secretary DeVos to Reduce Discipline in Schools

07.26.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, more than 60 Members of Congress sent a bicameral letter to Secretary DeVos urging her to take steps toward reducing excessive discipline in schools. "This concern, the inappropriate punishment of schoolchildren and steps to eliminate it, is critical and that is why I felt it important to write this letter. I am so pleased to have Senator Kaine, with his experience and wisdom, collaborate with me, and to be joined by my Virginia colleague Don Beyer," said Congressman Donal… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on the 27th Anniversary of the ADA

07.26.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). "Today marks the 27th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The ADA also requires reasonable accommodations be made in the community, schools, and the workplace for these individuals. "Many of the critical supports that pe… Continue Reading


Subcommittee Democrats Push for Stronger Investments in Apprenticeship Programs

07.26.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a hearing titled, "Expanding Options for Employers and Workers Through Earn-and-Learn Opportunities." There is broad bipartisan support for building a highly skilled workforce through proven models such as registered apprenticeship programs. "Registered apprenticeships have been training students for quality, high-paying jobs for decades," said Subcommittee Ranking Member Susan Davis (CA-53). "These programs… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Republicans’ Vote to Proceed with Trumpcare

07.25.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Senate voted on a motion to proceed on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. "The Affordable Care Act made great progress in improving access to health coverage. It did not solve every problem in health care, but regardless of what you think about the ACA, the Republicans' alternatives only make things worse. Every proposal they have offered results in less coverage and higher costs. If Congress is … Continue Reading


Scott: Defrauded Students Deserve Their Day In Court

07.25.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the floor of the House of Representatives during debate on H.J. Res. 111, which would repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule that bans forced arbitration which protects consumers, many of whom are private student loan borrowers: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.J. Res. 111 which will overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule prohibiting forced arbitration clauses in many… Continue Reading


Rep. Takano: Overtime Rule Needs to Be Implemented, Not Rewritten

07.25.17   Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following statement after the Department of Labor filed a Request for Information, which is intended to delay, weaken, and eventually repeal the updated overtime rule. The rule, finalized under the Obama administration, would restore overtime protections to millions of middle-class American workers. "In an administration defined by chaos and instability, President Trump's … Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Urge GOP to Hold Hearing on Raise the Wage Act

07.25.17   WASHINGTON - MONDAY, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) led a request with all of the Committee on Education and the Workforce Democrats to Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05), urging her to hold a full committee hearing on H.R. 15, the Raise the Wage Act. This legislation would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over a seven year period. It also indexes future minimum wage increases to the median wage growth of all workers to ensure that low-wage workers are not left behind when the economy… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Republicans’ Repeated Attempts to Repeal the ACA

07.20.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office released a new score of the Republicans' bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA): "Yet again, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has released another report on Republicans' ongoing attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act - each report just as devastating than the last. Today, the CBO found that the Senate's latest Trumpcare bill would leave 22 mil… Continue Reading

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