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Committee Republicans Pass Flawed Bill Eliminating Key Protection for Workers and Retirement Savers

07.19.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a markup on H.R. 2823, the so-called The Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act. This legislation repeals the fiduciary rule that simply ensures workers are not ripped-off when investing their hard-earned retirement savings and proposes an alternative full of loopholes that would drastically weaken consumer protections. "The bill being marked-up today repeals the fiduciary rule and proposes a far weaker, loophole-ridden … Continue Reading


115 House Democrats Demand Stronger Investments in Teachers

07.19.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and 114 House Democrats sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee expressing strong opposition to the elimination of the of the Supporting Instruction State Grant Program (Title II-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)) in the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill. "In 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the bipartisan reauthorization of the ESE… Continue Reading


More Than 120 House Democrats Slam Proposed Cuts to Pell Grant Program

07.19.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and 121 House Democrats sent a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations expressing extreme disappointment in the proposed cuts to the Pell Grant Program in the FY18 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill. "This proposed cut imperils the affordability of college for low-income students both now and in the future," the Members wrote. "The Committee on Education and the Workforce is poised to consider a comprehensi… Continue Reading


Scott, Foxx Hear From Business Leaders, Advocates, and Youth About Importance of Employing Opportunity Youth

07.18.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), along with Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) hosted a bipartisan panel discussion with business leaders, advocates, and youth on the return on investment in hiring opportunity youth, barriers to hiring opportunity youth, and employer-led solutions to youth unemployment. Nearly 5 million young people, aged 16 to 24, are out of school and work. Many of these young people-whether they have personal barriers, such as involvement in the juveni… Continue Reading


ESSA Preserves Critical Role of Federal Government, Hearing Confirms

07.18.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Passed in 2015, ESSA was the long-awaited replacement for No Child Left Behind, and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA is a civil rights law that governs public K-12 education, and directs states and school districts to take action to close persistent achievement gaps. When Congress passed ESSA, it ensured the civi… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Collapse of Senate Trumpcare Bill

07.18.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans to vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement: "After multiple unsuccessful attempts at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans are promising to dismantle the progress of the last seven years by repealing the ACA-with no alternative. When Republicans say 'repeal and replace,' the only thing you can be sure … Continue Reading


Bonamici, Harris Call on Education Department to Help Struggling Student Loan Borrowers

07.14.17   WASHINGTON, DC [07/14/17] - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), and 42 members of Congress urged the Department of Education to strengthen services for people who have defaulted on their student loans. The letter follows a federal court's injunction barring the Department of Education from assigning newly defaulted student loans to private collection agencies, which give borrowers options for curing their default. The lawmakers asked the Secretary of Education to… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Updated Trumpcare Legislation

07.14.17   "Over the past few weeks, Senate Republicans have continued to scramble to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Trumpcare. During this time, they have done nothing to fix the underlying damage that Trumpcare will cause - the erosion of protections for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions and a crippling age tax on seniors. While a Congressional Budget Office assessment is necessary to determine the full impact of the legislation, the new version only tinkers around the e… Continue Reading


Kennedy, Scott Reintroduce Amendment to Religious Freedom Restoration Act

07.13.17   Washington, D.C. - With the support of leaders from the civil rights, social justice and faith communities, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, today reintroduced legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption from laws guaranteeing fundamental civil and legal rights. It comes in response to continued e… Continue Reading


Democrats Unveil Legislation to Expand Access to Higher Ed for Students With Disabilities

07.12.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Representative Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) joined Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development Ranking Member Susan Davis (CA-53), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05), and Representatives James Langevin (RI-02) and Jared Huffman (CA-02) to introduce the Improving Access to Higher Education Act. This bill would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to improve college access and completion for students with disabilities. This legisla… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Democrats Support Worker Protections to Hold Employers Accountable

07.12.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on worker protections that allow employees to hold multiple entities accountable for wage theft, unfair labor practices or workplace safety violations. Labor and employment laws have long held, where more than one employer controls terms and conditions of employment, an employee may have multiple employers. This is referred to as "joint employment." A growing number of Americans are taking contingent work through tempo… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on June 2017 Jobs Report

07.07.17   Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added a total of 222,000 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate at 4.3 percent. "Today's jobs report is encouraging and shows that the economic gains that were made in the aftermath of the Great Recession remain strong. While President Trump complained about similar economic data during last year's campaign, I am pleased that he has now accepted that the efforts of… Continue Reading


Cicilline, Top Dems to Sessions: Don’t Attack Workers’ Rights

07.06.17   WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, today called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop taking away the rights of working people to collectively hold their employers accountable for wage theft, employment discrimination, and other unlawful workplace conduct. Cicilline was joined by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), House Educ… Continue Reading


Members of Congress to Secretary DeVos: Stand Up for Students and Families, Reverse Delay of Protections for Defrauded Students

06.30.17   (Washington, D.C.) -Led by Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Susan Davis (D-CA), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), 48 Members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos slamming her recent decision to delay the "borrower defense" rule that would provide defrauded students with debt relief and hold predatory institutions accountable for cheating students … Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Denounce Republican Proposals to Roll Back Working People’s Right to Bargain for Better Wages

06.29.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, Republicans on the Education and the Workforce Committee voted unanimously to advance three anti-union bills that sabotage workers' ability to organize and collectively bargain for better wages. At the same time, they blocked Democrats' efforts to enact legislation that would give 22 million workers a raise through the enactment of an increase in the federal minimum wage. "Rather than considering anti-labor bills that strip workers of their ability to bargain for better wag… Continue Reading


Subcommittee Highlights Support For Data, Research to Improve Teaching And Learning

06.28.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing titled "Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen Education Research While Protecting Student Privacy." Educational data serves as an invaluable research tool that is necessary to improve teaching and learning, when it is collected, stored, and used responsibly. There is a need for greater investment in education research and Congress must incentivize state and local leaders to develop data sy… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on CBO Score of Senate Republicans’ Trumpcare Bill

06.26.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office released an initial analysis of the Senate's version of Trumpcare. "Analysis from the Congressional Budget Office again confirms that the Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be devastating for millions of Americans. The Senate Republicans' changes to Trumpcare makes a markedly bad bill no better. Instead… Continue Reading


Scott Commemorates Olmstead Anniversary, Denounces Impact of Trumpcare on Americans with Disabilities

06.22.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today marking the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C.which held that people with disabilities have the right to live in their communities under the Americans with Disabilities Act: "Today we mark the anniversary of the Olmstead decision - a tremendous civil rights victory for Americans with disabilities. In its ruling 18 years ago, the Sup… Continue Reading


House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

06.22.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by voice vote. This bipartisan legislation will strengthen and improve career and technical education (CTE). Thanks to legislative improvements to increase program accountability, including increased federal oversight and monitoring, the bill passed today is an improvement over the bill passed by the House in the 114th Congress. "Each and every student should have ac… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Senate Republicans’ Trumpcare Bill

06.22.17   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Senate Republicans released their version of Trumpcare: "Last month, House Republicans passed their bill, Trumpcare, without a Congressional Budget Office score detailing the legislation's impact on coverage, cost, and the economy. Now, the Senate is rushing to pass a bill in secret in just one week. Today, we got our first glimpse of the Senate's new Trumpcare. This… Continue Reading

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