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Committee Democrats Urge Majority Hearings Examining School Shootings

02.16.18   WASHINGTON - All 17 Democratic Members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce sent a letter to Chairwoman Virginia Foxx requesting hearings before the full Committee to examine school shootings. This request comes after Wednesday's preventable tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where at least seventeen students and faculty died as a result. In response Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has called on Congress to hold hearings on this issue. "[Secreta… Continue Reading


Bonamici: Kids are Being Murdered in Schools, Prayers are Not Enough

02.15.18   WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Bonamici (D-OR) made the following remarks during the beginning of an Education committee hearing. You can download video of her remarks here. "We've all been praying in our own ways. We prayed after Sandy Hook. We prayed after Pulse. We prayed after Umpqua Community College. We prayed after Las Vegas. We prayed after the church shooting in Texas. And of course the nation is all praying in [our] own way after [the school shooting in Florida]. "But kids ar… Continue Reading


Scott and Dem Leadership Hold Forum on Administration’s Harmful Proposed Tip Rule

02.15.18   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05), Congressional Progressive Caucus Labor Liaison, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), vice ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce hosted a forum on the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposal to allow employers to pocket their emp… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Combat Effects of Opioid Epidemic in the Workplace

02.15.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittees on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions and Workforce Protections held a joint hearing entitled, "Opioids Epidemic: Implications for America's Workplaces." American workplaces are feeling the effects of substance use disorders. Studies show that more than 70 percent of employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces, ranging from absenteeism and reduced productivity to higher health care costs. "It is no surprise t… Continue Reading


Bonamici: Opioid Crisis Affects Everyone Including Workers, Employers

02.15.18   WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) joined a Congressional hearing on the affect of the opioid crisis on America's workplaces, workers, and employers. Bonamici has hosted community discussions in each of the five counties she represents to hear about the opioid crisis directly from health care providers, social service providers, law enforcement, and people in recovery. You can watch Bonamici's questions at today's hearing here. Studies show that more than 70 percent of emplo… Continue Reading


Scott: House Passes Bill that Undermines Civil Rights for People With Disabilities

02.15.18   Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 [225-192]. The legislation attacks the civil rights of Americans with disabilities. "Passage of H.R. 620 is the latest attack on the rights of individuals with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a bipartisan civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and ensures access to places of employment… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Push for Stronger Supports for Native American Schools

02.14.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education (ECESE) held a hearing entitled, "Examining the Government's Management of Native American Schools." Native families are disproportionately low-income, and the challenges facing tribal communities are immense and well-documented. The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is a woefully underfunded agency and the students served by schools under its jurisdiction lack the educational opportunities and outcomes … Continue Reading


Courtney Leads Ed & Workforce Dems Seeking Clarification on DOL Association Health Plans Proposal

02.12.18   WASHINGTON- Rep. Joe Courtney, joined by members of the Education and the Workforce Committee, recently wrote to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta seeking further information about the Department of Labor's (DOL) recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Association Health Plans (AHPs). The notice was the result of President Trump's October 2017 executive order calling for the expansion of health insurance plans that lack a guarantee of comprehensive coverage and have a history of financi… Continue Reading


Scott: Trump’s Budget Proposal Shortchanges Students and Workers

02.12.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House released an outline of its Fiscal Year 2019 budget priorities. "The administration's budget proposal does not prioritize America's students and workers. President Trump's budget hurts students by eliminating vital early childhood and K-12 education programs to divert $1 billion to private school vouchers; slashing federal grant aid to make coll… Continue Reading


House Democrats Unveil A Better Deal to Rebuild America

02.08.18   WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Democrats announced a bold, new, comprehensive infrastructure plan - A Better Deal to Rebuild America. This historic $1 trillion federal investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure is five times larger than President Trump's rumored plan and will create more than 16 million jobs. A Better Deal to Rebuild America will boost local economies and generate billions of dollars in new economic activity without adding to the deficit. The infrastructure plan will inv… Continue Reading


Scott, DeLauro Statement on Republicans’ Paid Parental Leave Proposal

02.07.18   WASHINGTON -- Representative Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking Member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement in response to the paid parental leave proposal announced today by Senate Republicans: "This proposal would put pressure on Social Security's already strained resources," said Ranking Member Bobby Scott. "While I'm encouraged there's bipartisan support for paid family and medical leave, we should not shortc… Continue Reading


Scott: CBO Confirms GOP Higher Education Bill is a $15 Billion Raid on Student Aid

02.06.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released cost estimates for H.R. 4508. "The CBO's score of H.R. 4508 confirms what we already knew to be true - this bill makes college more expensive for America's students and working families. According to the CBO, H.R. 4508 would send $9.2 billion in taxpayer dollars to for-profit schools and low-quality programs, but fails to provide any substantial support to help l… Continue Reading


Democrats Urge Labor Board Member William Emanuel to Explain Conflicts of Interest on Decision to Weaken Workers’ Rights, Shield Corporations from Responsibility

02.06.18   WASHINGTON- Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA), Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-MP), and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), sent a letter asking National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member William Emanuel to clarify whether he violated federal regulations and the Trump Administration ethics pledge by participating in an eleventh-hour decision involving the "joint employer" standard. In a December vote, the NLRB wea… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Hold Administration Accountable for Miners' Health and Safety

02.06.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Assistant Secretary David G. Zatezalo testified before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. Assistant Secretary Zatezalo's testimony comes as rates of pulmonary massive fibrosis (PMF) -- the most advanced form of black lung disease -- are surging among Appalachian miners. Committee Democrats raised concerns that, under the Trump administration, MSHA is not taking the necessary steps to address this public health crisis. … Continue Reading


More than 120 Democrats Urge Department of Labor to Withdraw Harmful Proposed Tip Rule

02.06.18   WASHINGTON - Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member on the Education and the Workforce Committee, Senator Patty Murry (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and 122 Democrats submitted a public comment to Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to withdraw its proposed change to the tip rules. DOL is considering changing existing rules to allow employers to pocket tips of workers, which could result in the… Continue Reading


Democratic Education Leaders Call for Inspector General Investigation of Education Department’s Use of Private Collection Agencies

02.05.18   WASHINGTON, DC [02/05/18] - Today Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Bobby Scott, Susan A. Davis, and Senators Kamala Harris, Patty Murray, and Elizabeth Warren called on the Inspector General of the Department of Education to examine whether the use of private collection agencies to collect defaulted student loans is a waste or misuse of taxpayer dollars. The Education Department uses private collection agencies to collect payments from struggling student loan borrowers who have defaulted on th… Continue Reading


Scott, DeLauro, Murray, Casey: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Is Abandoning Its Core Mission by Rejecting Safety Recommendations to Protect Vulnerable Meat and Poultry Plant Workers

02.02.18   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta raising questions about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) decision to reject health and safety recommendations for workers in meat and poultry plants, including ensuring workers have access to bathroom facilities. The recommendations by the independent Government Acco… Continue Reading


Top Democrats Demand DOL Share Estimates about Effects of Harmful Proposed Tip Rule

02.02.18   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, and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), vice ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, sent a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary R. Alexander Acosta requesting the Department… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Statement on January Jobs Report

02.02.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 200,000 jobs in January, with the unemployment rate at 4.1 percent. "Today's job report shows that while our economic recovery remains stable, too many working people and families are still struggling to get ahead and make ends meet. During President Obama's last year in office, the economy added over 2 million jobs, yet during President Trump's f… Continue Reading


DOL Proposed Tip Rule is Harmful: See What People Are Saying...

02.01.18   Under the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed tip rule, employers will benefit at the expense of workers. And in the wake of allegations that DOL withheld estimates that workers would lose billions as a result of the rule, it's clear the administration does not have the interest of working people in mind. Don't just take our word for it-read what the groups are saying: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: "The Trump Labor Department lied in claiming that they could not produce… Continue Reading

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