Press Releases

Rep Takano: DOL Must Withdraw Proposed Tip Rule

02.01.18   Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Committee on Workforce Protections, called on the Department of Labor (DOL) to withdraw its proposed tip pooling rule, which would allow employers to pocket or redistribute the tips earned by workers. This morning, a Bloomberg BNA report revealed that senior DOL officials hid an internal economic analysis that found the rule would cost workers billions of dollars in tips. "The Department of Labor's decision to hide an … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Calls on DOL to Withdraw Harmful Proposed Tip Rule

02.01.18   WASHINGTON - Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement after Bloomberg Law reported that the Department of Labor (DOL) withheld a legally required economic analysis for its proposed rule to allow employers to pocket tips of workers. "I am deeply troubled by allegations that the Department of Labor (DOL) may have withheld estimates that workers would lose billions in tips each year under the Department's proposed … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott on the SOTU and the Reality for America’s Students and Workers

01.30.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump delivered this State of the Union Address before Congress. "During President Trump's first year in office, his administration and Congressional Republicans have subjected students and workers to a constant barrage of attacks. Under President Trump's leadership, the administration has moved to allow employers to pocket workers' tips, jeopardized workplace safety, and made it harder for workers t… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Democrats Highlight Importance of Investments in Education Research

01.30.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the full Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing entitled, "Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: Evidence-based Policymaking and the Future of Education." There is broad, bipartisan consensus that educational research-when collected, stored, and used responsibility-is an invaluable tool that improves teaching and learning. Unfortunately, public investments in education research are not as robust as research investments used to advance policy and practice in o… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on the 9th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

01.29.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the nine year anniversary of the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a law that empowers workers to recover lost wages due to pay discrimination by extending the time period in which an employee can file a claim. "Last week, hundreds of thousands of women and men took to the streets to demand equal rights, including workplaces free from discrimination and harassment. As we commemorate the passage of the L… Continue Reading


Scott, Committee Democrats Join More than 180 House Members to Press for Stronger NAFTA Labor Standards

01.24.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) joined 183 House Members in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer raising concerns about the need to address Mexico's labor conditions in NAFTA renegotiations. The Members urged the administration to negotiate provisions that address Mexico's policies of wage suppression and lack of independent unions, which leads to unfair competition for U.S. workers and outsourcing. "Trade agreements must ensure that as trade and compe… Continue Reading


Democratic Committee Leaders Urge DOJ & FBI to Investigate Fake Public Comments

01.24.18   WASHINGTON - Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) today requested the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to expand a previously requested investigation into the potentially illegal submission of fake comments to… Continue Reading


Top Democrats Ask DOL for Public Hearing on Proposed Tip Rule

01.23.18   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 Alexander Acosta requesting the DOL hold publ… Continue Reading


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

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