Press Releases

Committee Democrats Show Bipartisan Support for Summer Meals Program

07.17.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education (ECESE) held a hearing entitled, "Examining the Summer Food Service Program." There is bipartisan agreement that the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is critical to the health and well-being of millions of children. "Not only do [summer meal] sites distribute nutritious food to low-income children, but they also provide educational, enrichment, or recreational activities that keep children engaged, sa… Continue Reading

House & Senate Democratic Health Leaders Demand Trump Administration Work to Stabilize Insurance Markets

07.16.18   WASHINGTON - Today, five House and Senate Democratic health leaders demanded that the Trump Administration reverse its decision to halt the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) risk adjustment program, a move that threatens to increase the health care costs of millions of families by sowing further uncertainty into individual and small group health insurance markets. Risk adjustment payments are crucial to maintaining market stability and supporting the ACA's protections for people with pre-existing c… Continue Reading

Ranking Member Scott: Workers, Retirees Must Have Strong Voice in Solving Multiemployer Pension Crisis

07.13.18   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement ahead of the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans field hearing in Columbus, Ohio at 2 p.m. "Today's hearing is a critical opportunity to hear from workers and retirees who have so much at stake. Through no fault of their own, these hard-working Americans are at risk of losing nearly everything they worked and sacrificed for over their lifetime. W… Continue Reading

Does President Trump’s Next VA Secretary Oppose the House GOP Higher Education Proposal?

07.12.18   WASHINGTON - In response to Questions for the Record submitted by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Dr. Robert Wilkie, President Trump's nominee to be the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), expressed strong support for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which encourages talented professionals to enter public service. The program is eliminated in House Republican higher education bill, the PROSPER Act (H.R. 4508). The VA Secretary nominee also recognized that the GI… Continue Reading

Scott, Cummings, Cicilline Issue Statement Condemning Trump Administration Executive Order Politicizing Administrative Law Judges

07.11.18   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), and Rep. David Cicilline (RI-01), Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration issued an executive order that eliminates merit-based standards for administrative law judges. The executive order will allow the Administration to appoint judges based… Continue Reading

Ranking Member Scott’s Statement on Funding Cuts to Health Care Navigators

07.11.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Trump administration slashed funding for the Federally-Facilitated Exchange Navigator Program and will urge facilitators to encourage consumers to enroll in health plans that bypass the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections. "Yesterday's announcement is a continuation of the Trump administration's policy of sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, causing health care costs to skyrocket for millions of Amer… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on June Jobs Report

07.06.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 213,000 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate at 4 percent. "Today's jobs report once again shows that - despite consistently low unemployment - wages for American workers are still stagnant. In a fair and functioning economy, the tightening job market would trigger an increase in worker pay as employers compete for talented employees. However,… Continue Reading

Ranking Members Scott, Nadler Respond to Trump Administration Rescinding Obama-Era Guidance Promoting Campus Diversity

07.03.18   WASHINGTON - Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), ranking member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it will rescind Obama-era guidance that provides recommendations to boost diversity on campuses. "The Trump administration's decision to rescind Obama-era guidance promoting campus diversity contradicts the Supreme … Continue Reading

Ranking Member Scott Condemns Education Department Effort to Rollback Accountability for Online Education Programs

06.30.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to the Education Department's delay of a rule that would ensure consumer protections for students enrolled in online college programs, many of which are at for-profit colleges, no matter where the school is physically located. "The Program Integrity and Improvement rule was a response to widespread confusion about state oversight of online programs. The rule made it clear that regardless of where an onlin… Continue Reading

Scott & Murray on the Rollback of Civil Rights for Students with Disabilities, Students of Color

06.29.18   WASHINGTON - Congressman 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 Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced a two-year delay of the Equity in IDEA rule. Congressman Scott said: "The Education Department's decision to delay the Equity in IDEA rule, which addresses disproportionate identification,… Continue Reading

Committee Democrats Demand Answers Regarding Unaccompanied Minors in Administration’s Custody

06.29.18   WASHINGTON - All 17 Committee on the Education and the Workforce Democrats sent a letter today to the Trump administration demanding answers to several detailed and urgent questions about the health, safety, and educational services provided to unaccompanied minors forcibly separated from their parents at the border. The letter, sent to the department secretaries of Health and Human Services (HHS), Education (ED), Homeland Security (DHS), and Justice (DOJ), came after President Donald Trump issu… Continue Reading

Following the Supreme Court’s Janus Decision, Hirono, Cartwright, Senate & House Democrats Introduce New Legislation to Strengthen Rights of Workers to Join Unions & Bargain Collectively

06.28.18   WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Representative Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.), Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), House Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and House DPCC Co-Chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and nearly 50 Senate and House Democrats introduced bicameral legislation to guarantee the right for public employees to org… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Supreme Court’s Ruling in Janus v. AFSCME

06.27.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which found that public-sector unions cannot collect "fair share fees" for the services they are legally required to provide workers. "Today, the Supreme Court's conservatives once again used dubious legal reasoning to achieve a partisan objective. The Court's ruling in Janus ignores four decades of precedent and now rigs the rules against teachers… Continue Reading

Top Dems Request Documents on Union Busting at the Department of Education

06.26.18   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos requesting information on the troubling reports of the Department suspending ongoing collective bargaining negotiations with the union representing agency employees. "We are investigating reports of sudden and troubli… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Passage of House Republican Farm Bill

06.21.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill. "The Farm Bill is traditionally a bipartisan piece of legislation that recognizes the importance of agriculture to the economy and the social fabric of communities across the country. Unfortunately, House Republicans broke that tradition today by advancing a partisan bill that makes deep cut… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposal to Merge Departments of Labor and Education

06.21.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's proposal to merge the departments of Labor and Education. "The Trump administration's plan to reorganize the federal government is a hastily concocted proposal that uses the false promise of 'streamlining' to cut investments in our future. "There is no evidence that merging the Departments of Labor and Education would strengthen the performance of these agencies or produce… Continue Reading

Committee Democrats Push Policies to Address Wage Stagnation, Income Inequality

06.21.18   WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, Committee Democrats highlighted the need for policies addressing wage stagnation and income inequality. At the hearing, entitled "Growth, Opportunity, and Change in the U.S. Labor Market and the American Workforce," Democrats pointed to protracted wage stagnation - which has continued despite a continuing decline in the unemployment rate - as a sign that markets alone will not solve the problem of st… Continue Reading

Democrats Promote Solutions to Reduce Barriers to Employment, Increase Economic Mobility for American Workers

06.20.18   WASHINGTON - Today, at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, Democrats promoted a range of policies that would reduce barriers to employment and increase economic mobility for American workers. The hearing, entitled "Occupational Licensing: Reducing Barriers to Economic Mobility and Growth," gave Democrats an opportunity to expand the conversation from licensing policies - which are set by the states and mostly outside the federal government's jurisdiction … Continue Reading

Democratic Health Leaders Raise Concerns about Undermining Comprehensive Health Care

06.19.18   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 finalized a rule to rollback health coverage protections by expanding association health plans. "The administration's rule expanding the use of association health plans is yet another attack on Americans' access to affordable health care. By … Continue Reading

At Hearing, Committee Democrats Emphasize Importance of Oversight and Accountability in Public School Choice

06.13.18   WASHINGTON - Today, at a Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on charter schools, Democrats emphasized the importance of oversight and accountability to ensuring public school choice helps fulfill the promise of making quality public education available to all students. While noting the success stories in places like Denver and Massachusetts, Democrats pointed to Michigan - and the policies advanced there by Secretary of Education DeVos - as a cautionary tale of rapid charter school … Continue Reading

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