Press Releases

Scott Statement on Rollback of Guidance on Special Education

10.20.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services rescinded 72 documents that provide guidelines on special education policy: "Today the Department of Education took another harmful regulatory reform step by rescinding 72 guidance documents for individuals with disabilities served under the Rehabilitation Act and students with disabilities served under the Individuals with Di… Continue Reading

Democrats Demand Trump Administration Documents Used to Justify Ending Consumer Health Care Subsidies

10.17.17   Washington, D.C. - Top House and Senate Democratic health leaders demanded that the Trump Administration provide Congress with documents used to justify the Administration's decision to terminate the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, including any analyses of the decision's impact on consumer health insurance costs, access to health insurance, and federal spending, in letters sent today to the President and Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Eric D. Hargan. The Administration's dec… Continue Reading

Shea-Porter Statement on Trump’s Spiteful Decision to Torpedo the Individual Insurance Market

10.13.17   WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will order the federal government to stop making the Cost-Sharing Reduction payments it owes: "Late last night, President Trump announced that he will torpedo the individual insurance market by ordering the government to stop making the Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments it owes. He is right to be so ashamed of this spiteful action he would only announce … Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Trump’s Administration Continued Sabotage of Americans' Health Care

10.13.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump issued a statement the administration will unilaterally cut off the Cost-Sharing Reduction payments required under the Affordable Care Act. "Yesterday, the administration took unprecedented action to undermine the health and well-being of the American people. The president issued an executive order to unravel health coverage by allowing the sale of bare bones plans with no guarantee of compr… Continue Reading

Murray and Scott on DeVos Decision to Make Privatization a Priority When Awarding Federal Grants

10.12.17   WASHINGTON- Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statements on Secretary DeVos proposing a list of priorities when distributing competitive grants from the Department of Education. Among others, the list includes privatization-a top priority for Secretary DeVos, whose only experience before becomin… Continue Reading

Pelosi Names Conferees to National Defense Authorization Act Conference

10.12.17   Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today named House Democrats to serve on a conference committee of the House and Senate versions of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "Democrats stand for a strong and smart national defense," said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. "Unfortunately, Republicans are sending a defense authorization bill to conference that fails to honor our obligations to our men and women in uniform. Once again, Republicans are using their tir… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Administration's Irresponsible Actions to Sabotage Health Care

10.12.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump signed yet another executive order (EO) undermining the progress of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "Despite the inability of Congress to pass legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the administration continues to take actions to sabotage the law. The newly released executive order calls on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury to roll back health coverage … Continue Reading

Shea-Porter to Trump: Hands Off Women’s Birth Control

10.10.17   WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after the Trump administration issued a rule to roll back the requirement that employer-sponsored insurance plans cover birth control as preventive care, with no out-of-pocket cost: "I am outraged by the Trump Administration's most sweeping attack yet on women's access to health care. The vast majority of American women get their health insurance through an employer, and this rule will endanger their acces… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Trump Administration Actions Legalizing Discrimination

10.06.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued government-wide legal guidance that outlined broad exemptions for "religious freedom." "Today, the Trump Administration released a regulation that would limit access to contraceptive health services and a memorandum that misapplies federal law to facilitate employment-based discrimination. "First, the Trump Administration issued regulations, effective immediately, that wou… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on September Jobs Report

10.06.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy lost 33,000 jobs in September, with the unemployment rate at 4.2 percent. "The devastation from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have put millions of Americans out of work. As a result, the job loss reported from the Bureau of Labor Statistics during September reflects the tremendous impact of these hurricanes on Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.… Continue Reading

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi Denounces Trump Administration Decision To Roll Back Access To Birth Control

10.06.17   SCHAUMBURG, IL - Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's decision to roll back the federal mandate for copay-free birth control coverage: "By eliminating the guarantee that women will have coverage for birth control through their insurance, regardless of who they work for, the Trump administration is doing nothing less than turning back the clock on women's health care. No woman should need her boss's permission to rece… Continue Reading

Adams Statement on Trump Administration’s Newest Attack on Women’s Healthcare

10.06.17   Charlotte, N.C.-Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after the Trump administration announced an Interim Final Rule that rolls back a portion of the preventative care mandate in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to offer health insurance the covers birth control. "Since President Trump took office he and the Republican controlled Congress have relentlessly attacked women's rights. Today's rule is no different," said Congresswoman Adams. "Currently, 62 mil… Continue Reading

Blunt Rochester Issues Statement Regarding The Trump Administration’s Decision To Cut Access To Birth Control

10.06.17   WILMINGTON, DE - Today, Congresswoman Blunt Rochester (DE-AL) released the following statement following the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decision to roll-back Obama-era protections for access to birth control. The new regulation issued by HHS allows a broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from protections in the Affordable Care Act that cover contraceptives, such as birth control, on religious or moral ground. "Access to a full range of reproductive, p… Continue Reading

Bonamici to Trump: “Keep Your Hands Off Our Birth Control”

10.06.17   BEAVERTON, OR [10/06/17] - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) released the following statement and video criticizing the Trump Administration for announcing two Interim Final Rules (IFRs) that could effectively allow employers and institutions of higher education to drop contraceptive coverage for millions of female employees and students. You can watch part of Bonamici's response here. "Women need unfettered access to contraception to control their health and economic futures. With t… Continue Reading

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Statement on President Trump’s Attack on Women’s Health

10.06.17   WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's decision to roll back contraceptive coverage provided to more than 62 million American women under the Affordable Care Act: "Today's actions by the Trump Administration are another thinly veiled attack on the right of women to make their own health care decisions. The Affordable Care Act gave millions of women control of their reproductive health and provided preventive ser… Continue Reading

Scott and Takano Joint Statement on Rollback of Transgender Worker Rights

10.05.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Representative Mark Takano (CA-41), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Department of Justice is reversing a policy that protects transgender workers from discrimination. "Attorney General Sessions' decision to dismiss the Obama administration's memo to protect transgender Americans under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is yet another … Continue Reading

Republicans Pass Bill Dismantling Worker Protections

10.04.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a markup on H.R. 3441, the so-called "Save Local Business Act." The bill creates a new, narrow definition of a joint employer under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), limiting whom workers may hold responsible for wage theft or unfair labor practices when there are multiple employers who control terms and conditions of employment. Attacks on worker rights under the NLRA have been t… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Hear Challenge to Public Sector Unions

09.28.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court issued its decision to grant certiorari in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. This case considers whether to overturn 40 years of precedent established in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which upheld the requirement that state and local government employees who object to paying for union representation may be required to pay fees to cover the cost of representation: "Since 1977, following the… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Collapse of Latest Senate Trumpcare Bill

09.26.17   "Republicans promised for years to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a better plan that lowers costs and improves coverage. The fact of the matter is that Republicans never had a plan that could achieve these goals. Just like the other failed versions of Trumpcare before it, this latest proposal would leave families paying more for worse coverage, strip guaranteed protections from individuals with pre-existing conditions, and impose a crushing age tax. This is not a step forward. … Continue Reading

Pocan and Stefanik Call for Vote to Extend Perkins Loans as More Than 220 Members Join as Cosponsors

09.26.17   Currently 222 members of the House, both Democrats and Republicans, are cosponsors of H.R. 2482, the Perkins Loans Extension Act, which comes as the program is set to expire on Saturday WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) today called for a vote on H.R. 2482, the Perkins Loans Extension Act, after more than half of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed on as cosponsors. With the Perkins Loan program scheduled to expire on Septe… Continue Reading

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