Press Releases

Scott, Murray Call on Secretary DeVos to Implement Every Student Succeeds Act As Congress Intended

03.10.17   (Washington, D.C.) -Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today inquiring about the Department's proposed state template and encouraging the Department to make sure the plan complies with the federal guardrails the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) puts in place… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on February Jobs Report

03.10.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after he Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added a total of 235,000 jobs in February, with the unemployment rate at 4.7 percent. "President Trump claimed he was handed 'a mess' by the Obama Administration, but we know that is not accurate. Under President Obama the unemployment rate was cut in half while GDP and median income rose. The economic growth reflected in today's jobs report shows Presi… Continue Reading


Polis Statement on Senate Passage of Resolution to Unravel School Accountability Measures

03.09.17   WASHINGTON: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate passage of H.J. Res 57, a resolution to overturn key accountability protections in the Every Student Succeeds Act. "The Senate's vote today represents another example of Republicans chipping away at our bipartisan work on the Every Student Succeeds Act," Polis said. "The accountability provisions in the law represent critical civil rights protections for students and go hand-in-hand with the Depart… Continue Reading


Scott Denounces Senate Move to Weaken Public Education

03.09.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Senate voted 50-49 to undermine civil rights protections in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). "Faithful implementation of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act should not be a partisan issue. States and school districts want the stability and consistency provided by the Department of Education's consensus-driven regulations that Congressional Republicans… Continue Reading


Committee Republicans Pass Health Care Proposals That Would Harm Working Families

03.08.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a markup on H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, H.R. 1304 the Self-Insurance Protection Act, and H.R. 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. These three proposals would weaken insurance protections for consumers, shift costs onto working people, and undermine civil rights and privacy protections of employees. "H.R. 1101, H.R. 1304, and H.R. 1313 do nothing to help insulate the American people from… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Republican ACA Repeal Bill

03.06.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Republicans finally released their proposal to Make America Sick Again. "The Republican bill to repeal the ACA is fundamentally flawed, because it purports to cover pre-existing conditions without an individual mandate. In states that have tried this, the markets have gone into total chaos. Furthermore, the tax credits proposed are likely to be insufficient for low-inc… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Push DeVos on Protections for Transgender Students

03.02.17   WASHINGTON - Earlier today, Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Workforce, and Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, led Committee Democrats in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about the recent actions taken by the Trump Administration reversing critical guidance for protecting transgender students. The Members pushed Secretary DeVos to explain the discrepancy i… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on the Rollback of Workplace Safety Protections

03.01.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House voted 231-191 to pass H.J. Res 83, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval that would overturn an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule clarifying that employers have a continuing obligation to record injuries and illnesses. "Some unscrupulous employers are already cooking the books by failing to record the most serious wo… Continue Reading


Bonamici Defends Consumer Protections for Student Loan Borrowers

03.01.17   WASHINGTON, DC [03/01/17] - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), the Vice Ranking Member of the Education Committee, stood up for student loan borrowers as the House passed a bill that threatens important federal protections for borrowers. The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act creates an unbalanced process for repealing federal rules and jeopardizes important protections for workers, families, and the environment. Bonamici offered an ame… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Proposed Delay of Critical Retirement Savings Protection

03.01.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor proposed a 60-day delay of the important "conflict of interest" rule, which would simply protect workers' hard-earned retirement savings and ensure that financial advisors act in the best interests of their retirement clients. "The Trump Administration's proposed delay of this important rule would continue an unacceptable status-quo that is erodin… Continue Reading


Committee Learns Republican Healthcare Proposals Would Harm Working Families

03.01.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, and discussion drafts for the Self-Insurance Protection Act and the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. These three proposals would weaken insurance protections for consumers and shift costs onto workers. The hearing also served as a distraction from the fact that Congressional Republicans still have no plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "While… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Executive Order on HBCUs

02.28.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the President signed an executive order on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). "Every President since Jimmy Carter has issued an executive order to strengthen HBCUs, and it is encouraging that the White House is honoring this tradition. For more than 150 years, HBCUs have been the cornerstone of postsecondary education for African-American communities a… Continue Reading


Polis: CTE Programs Must Emphasize Equity, Provide Opportunity for All Students

02.28.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, delivered the following statement during a hearing on career and technical education. Rep. Polis emphasized the need for a full bipartisan reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. Key Excerpts from Rep. Polis' Remarks: "Unfortunately, after harmful sequestration cuts, public funding for CTE is at historic lows. It is c… Continue Reading


Members of Congress stand up for labor rights leaders in Bangladesh

02.23.17   Today, members of Congress led by Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Sander Levin, Bill Pascrell, and Bobby Scott called on the Government of Bangladesh to release jailed labor activists and restore workers' rights. The letter, also signed by Reps. James P. McGovern, Mark Pocan, William Keating, Jackie Speier, Joseph Crowley and Steve Cohen, was sent to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and raises deep concerns about the criminalization of legal labor activity in the country. The letter comes after a… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of LGBTQ Protections

02.22.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House announced that it will repeal the Obama Administration's Title IX guidance protecting the rights of transgender students. "The impact of the Trump Administration's repeal of the Title IX guidance leaves LGBTQ students in at least 31 states vulnerable to bullying and discrimination. A student's right to equal education should not be impeded by an unsafe learning environment. "Last May, the Obama… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Alexander Acosta

02.16.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor, following Andrew Puzder's withdrawal from consideration. "The Secretary of Labor must be an individual that will fight for increased wages, safer working conditions, and retirement security for America's workers. If confirmed, Mr. Acosta will be joining an Administration that has supported legislation and executive actions that have jeopardized civil righ… Continue Reading


Democrats Highlight Priorities for Updating Wage and Hour Policies

02.16.17   WASHINGTON - Today the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on "Federal Wage and Hour Policies in the 21st Century." Committee Democrats believe updating wage and hour policies for the 21st century means raising wages, making more workers eligible for overtime pay, ensuring that workers' schedules are fair and that they can take a day off when they get sick without losing pay, finally securing equal pay for equal work, and stopping wage theft. "It is my hope that the work we to … Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Andrew Puzder

02.15.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor: "The Department of Labor has a responsibility to ensure our nation's working people earn a living wage, come home safe at the end of the day, and retire with dignity. Committee Democrats had serious concerns with Mr. Puzder's nomination from the beginning, which we raised in a letter to Senators Alexander and Murray. I hope that … Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Blast Proposed CMS Marketplace Rule

02.15.17   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) today released the following joint statement after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule affecting the Health Insurance Marketplace. "The Trump Administration's proposed rule continues Republican efforts to rip away health security from … Continue Reading


Sablan: We Can Address the Needs of Working Americans by Updating Labor Protections

02.14.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (MP), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, delivered the following statement during a hearing on the National Labor Relations Board. Rep. Sablan emphasized new legislative ideas to improve the National Labor Relations Act - outlined in the WAGE Act - and hoped the Committee would refocus its attention on issues where there is bipartisan consensus, rather than attacks on workers' right to organize on … Continue Reading

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