Press Releases

Scott, Sanders Applaud Biden Labor Department Proposal to Close Loopholes and Level the Playing Field for Retirement Savers

01.03.24   WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) applauded the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to protect workers’ retirement savings. The proposal, which holds trusted advisers to a fiduciary standard under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) when making investment recommendations to their reti… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Commends Biden Administration for Protecting Access to Affordable Health Care

12.19.23   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Scott issued the following statement after the Biden Administration announced a proposed rule that would reverse a Trump-era rule that made it harder for workers and families to get affordable, high-quality health insurance.    “I applaud the Biden Administration for today’s proposal to rescind the previous Administration’s ‘Association Health Plan’ (AHP) rule and protect consumers from health benefit arrangements that seek to evade important requirements of federal … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott: Up to 19 Million Workers will Get a Raise under Raise the Wage Act

12.18.23   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the effect of gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $17 per hour by 2028. “The clear conclusion from the Congressional Budget Office’s report is that the benefits of the Raise the Wage Act of 2023 for workers far outweigh the potential costs. According to CBO’s estimates, the legislation would give up to 19 million workers a raise,… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Votes “NO” on Republican Bill to Make School Meals Less Healthy

12.13.23   WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby" Scott delivered the following floor remarks in opposition to House Republicans’ H.R. 1147, which would ignore the latest child nutrition science and add whole milk and reduced-fat milk to school meal offerings. View Ranking Member Scott’s floor remarks on YouTube. “School meals are critical in reducing child hunger and providing children with the healthy foods they need. Milk, offered as part of these meals, can help deliver essential nutr… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Remarks in Opposition to H.Res. 927

12.13.23   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks during the debate of H. Res. 927, Condemning antisemitism on university campuses and the testimony of University Presidents in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “I condemn antisemitism in all forms. Moreover, calls for the genocide of Jewish people have no place in reasonable discourse, and I condemn them. I did not think such a statement should be necessary, but in today’s context, it… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott, Vice Ranking Member Hayes Statements on Biden Implementation of Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022

12.13.23   WASHINGTON - Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Vice Ranking Member Jahana Hayes (CT-05) released the following statements after the Biden administration released a final rule codifying the provisions of the Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022, which Congress passed last year. Ranking Member Scott (VA-03): “All families in America should be able to keep their children fed and healthy. Regrettably, the devastating shortage of infant formula la… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Two Key Bipartisan Workforce Development Priorities

12.12.23   WASHINGTON - Today, the Education and the Workforce Committee reported out two bipartisan workforce development bills—the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act (H.R. 6585) and A Stronger Workforce for America Act (H.R. 6655)—that would help workers, students, and businesses benefit from our nation’s economic growth. The Committee also advanced two partisan bills—H.J. Res. 98 and H.R. 3400—that would undermine workers’ rights. Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act (H.R. 6585) H.R. 6585—led by Ranking Member Sc… Continue Reading


DeLauro, Houlahan, Advocates Hold Press Conference to Mark 10-Year Fight for Paid Family and Medical Leave

12.12.23   WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), along with advocates from Paid Leave for All and the National Partnership for Women and Families, held a press conference marking 10 years of fighting for the FAMILY Act, legislation that would ensure that every worker has access to paid leave for every serious medical event or to care for a loved one, every time it’s needed. A livestream of the event can be viewed here. DeLauro started drafting the … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Praises Bipartisan Workforce Development Bills, Urges Opposition to Partisan Anti-Worker Bills

12.12.23   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) delivered the following opening statement at today’s full committee markup of H.R. 6585, the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act, H.R. 6655, A Stronger Workforce for America Act, H.J. Res. 98, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to “Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status,” and H.R. 3400, the Small Businesses before … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Supports Health Care Transparency Legislation

12.11.23   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) submitted the following remarks for the record for the Lower Cost, More Transparency Act (H.R. 5378). “M. Speaker, one of the reasons health care costs are so high is that consumers and employers often do not have enough information about what they are paying for. “This makes it hard for patients to find affordable, high-quality health care providers. And it prevents employers from spending workers’ premium dollars carefully. It also… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Statement on November Jobs Report

12.08.23   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 199,000 jobs in November as the unemployment rate ticked down from 3.9 percent to 3.7 percent. Under President Biden’s leadership, the economy has added 14.1 million jobs. This is more jobs in 34 months than any President has created in an entire 4-year term. “Today’s jobs report further demonstrates that the investments made by Presi… Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen America’s Workforce

12.07.23   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) and Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced A Stronger Workforce for America Act. The bipartisan bill makes critical improvements to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that will expand the skills development provided under the law, strengthen the relationship between employers and the workforce system, and put more Americans on the pathway to successful careers.  “For far … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Labor Rights Violations

12.07.23   WASHINGTON - House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA-03) introduced the Workers Protecting Our Wage Earners’ Rights Act, or Workers POWER Act, alongside Representative McGarvey (D-KY-03), Congressional Labor Caucus Co-Chair, Representative Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and Representative Greg Casar (D-TX-35). The bill will equip the Department of Labor with the resources needed to tackle federal labor law violations including child labor, wage theft, a… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Votes “NO” on Republicans’ Plan to Raise Student Loan Payments for 5.5 Million Borrowers

12.07.23   WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby Scott” delivered the following floor remarks in opposition to House Republicans’ proposal to repeal the Saving on a Valuable Education student loan repayment plan (H.J.Res. 88). View Ranking Member Scott’s floor remarks on YouTube. “Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.J.Res. 88, the Congressional Review Act on the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan. “Last August, the Department of Education launched the SAVE Plan, a new, generou… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Leads Opposition to Extreme GOP Bill that Jeopardizes Global Research Partnerships

12.06.23   WASHINGTON - Today, Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby Scott” delivered the following remarks during today’s House floor debate on House Republicans’ DETERRENT Act (H.R. 5933). View Ranking Member Scott’s floor remarks on YouTube. “Historically, collaborations with global partners—and careful federal investments in research—have enabled our colleges and universities to make bold, forward-thinking strides in health, science, and technology for people around the world. “Additionally, institution… Continue Reading


SECURE 2.0 Act Technical Corrections Discussion Draft Released

12.06.23   A discussion draft containing technical corrections and other clarifications for the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 has been released by House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), along with House Committee on Ways and Means Chair Jason Smith (R-MO) and Ranking Member Richard E. Neal (D-MA). Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID), along with Senate Committee on Health, Edu… Continue Reading


Stefanik, Scott, Foxx, DeSaulnier Legislation Tackles Workforce Gaps

12.05.23   WASHINGTON - Today, House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), and Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Ranking Member Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced H.R. 6585, the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act. The legislation provides opportunities for students and workers looking to gain skills in high-demand fields by allowing Pell … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Scott Opening Statement at Committee Hearing on Antisemitism on College Campuses

12.05.23   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) delivered the following opening statement at today’s House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on antisemitism on college campuses. Watch Ranking Member Scott’s opening statement here. “Historically, college campuses have been hubs for students and faculty to foster intellectual thought and expression.  Regrettably, following Hamas’ October 7th attack on innocent civilians in Israel and the ongoing conflict in Gaza, college … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of House Members Introduces Bill to Protect Older Workers from Age Discrimination

12.04.23   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Representative Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Ranking Member Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Workforce Protections Subcommittee Ranking Member Alma Adams (NC-12), and Representative Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02) introduced H.R. 6581, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), a bipar… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Ranking Member Scott Addresses Funding Disparities at 1890 Land Grant Universities

11.21.23   WASHINGTON - Last week, Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) hosted a briefing with experts on the state of funding for 1890 land-grant Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which remains inequitable largely due to state underfunding, and the impact these institutions have on Black students and agriculture advancements. Watch Ranking Member Scott’s remarks on YouTube. Ranking Member Scott delivered the following remarks during the briefing: “The first Morrill Act o… Continue Reading

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