Rep. Bobby Scott appears on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss a recent Government Accountability Office report, released on the anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, that shows U.S. schools are segregated by race and socioeconomic status.
Rep. Bobby Scott discusses his principals for criminal justice reform and outlines his concerns with legislation recently reported by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
During a Special Order Hour on the House Floor on Monday, February 29, 2016, Rep. Bobby Scott calls on the Senate to consider the President's upcoming Supreme Court nomination.
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August 24, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Members Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Elijah Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council today announced final regulations and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. “We commend the Department of Labor and the Obama Administration’s diligent and deliberative process in developing the final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. This rule will ensure that hardworking Americans are treated fairly on the job and that they come home safely at the end of the day. It will help to guarantee that businesses awarded federal contracts are in compliance with basic worker protection laws and that law-abiding contractors compete on a level playing field.
August 22, 2016 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of George E. Curry: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of George E. Curry. As a prominent, award-winning journalist, George was an influential voice on civil rights and race relations in newspapers all across the country. He was well respected for his role in diversifying the newsroom and served as an inspiration to young African-American journalist throughout his tenure. George possessed the ability to meticulously document and analyze the stories of African-Americans in order to present a complete picture of America.
August 15, 2016 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of former Virginia NAACP executive director and radio talk show host Jack Gravely: “It was with profound sadness that I learned of the passing of my good friend Jack Gravely. Jack devoted his life to trying to make Richmond and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia a better place to live and raise a family. I first met Jack while serving as the Newport News branch president of the NAACP while he was the head of the Virginia chapter of the NAACP. As a civil rights activist, Jack was a natural choice to lead the Virginia chapter. And during my early years in the Virginia House of Delegates, I was able to see firsthand what a forceful voice he was on civil rights issues.
July 8, 2016 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I rise today to congratulate Judge Roger L. Gregory on his ascension to the rank of Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Saturday, July 9, 2016. As the highest ranking judge of the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit, Judge Gregory will preside as ``first among equals'' over 15 active and two senior judges that are responsible for appellate cases rising from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina--a jurisdiction that includes almost 30 million people.
July 5, 2016 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 4539. The 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act was introduced earlier in the Senate by Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and I was proud to introduce the House version with the support of Representatives Rigell, Butterfield, Forbes, Beyer, Wittman, Lewis, and many others. I would like to thank Chairman Chaffetz, Ranking Member Cummings, and the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Brendan F. Boyle) for their assistance in bringing the bill to the floor today.
May 16, 2016 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. I appreciate the gentleman from New York and certainly the gentlewoman from Ohio for organizing this Special Order to discuss the need for criminal justice reform. Mr. Speaker, we have serious, fundamental problems with our criminal justice system today. For too long, policymakers have chosen to play politics with crime policy by enacting so-called tough on crime slogans and sound bites, such as three strikes and you are out, mandatory minimum sentences, and--if you get it to rhyme, apparently, it is better--if you do the adult crime, you do the adult time. As appealing as these policies sound, their impacts range from a negligible reduction in crime to actually increasing the crime rate.