On November 19, 2014, the House Democratic Caucus elected Congressman Bobby Scott to lead Democrats on the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 114th Congress.
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March 26, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) applauded the release of a new Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center brief analyzing data from states that have employed a Justice Reinvestment approach. The brief, “Examining the Changing Racial Composition of Three States’ Prison Populations,” examined data from Georgia, Connecticut, and North Carolina and found subsequent drops in prison admissions and prison populations, which were especially pronounced among minority populations. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative provides federal grants to allow states to conduct comprehensive, data-driven analyses of their criminal justice systems and adopt smart, evidence-based policies designed to reduce corrections spending and increase public safety.
March 21, 2015 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott will join Celebrate Healthcare and other community leaders tomorrow at the Peninsula Soul Food Restaurant in Hampton, Virginia to celebrate the 5th anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law. Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, approximately 16.4 million uninsured individuals have received coverage since the law’s provisions took effect in 2010. As of the end of the second open enrollment period, nearly 11.7 million individuals have selected a Marketplace plan or were reenrolled in coverage for 2015. And since 2010, about 5.7 million young adults have gained coverage as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Scott will discuss these and the many other successes of the Affordable Care Act tomorrow in Hampton.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), and U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) were joined by original cosponsors U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) in introducing the Supportive School Climate Act of 2015, legislation that would address the so-called school-to-prison pipeline by reducing suspensions, expulsions, and other overly harsh school disciplinary actions to improve youth outcomes. The bill would give every student – especially those who face abuse, neglect, or other forms of trauma – ample opportunity to form positive and trusting relationships with adults in a school environment that is supportive of their complex needs, and would encourage the use of evidence-based strategies that promote positive behavior.
March 24, 2015 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to the underlying Republican budget for fiscal year 2016, and I also rise to commend the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. Van Hollen) for his strong opposition. Mr. Chairman, this budget is not a serious plan. It contains trillions of dollars in tax cuts, but it doesn't show a dime's worth of tax increases when they say it is going to be revenue neutral. It includes trillions of dollars in unspecified cuts that will not be made. For example, are we really going to repeal Medicare as we know it?
February 3, 2015 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 596. As the new ranking member on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, I know that protecting access to affordable health care for America's workers and families is a high priority. Despite scare tactics and misinformation, the bottom line is that the Affordable Care Act is working. Perhaps those who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act have a short memory. It is important to remember why the Affordable Care Act was passed in the first place.
January 27, 2015 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 285, the SAVE Act. While I support the underlying goal of ensuring that those who facilitate sex trafficking through advertising are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, I am opposed to the bill's mandatory minimum sentencing provisions. Mandatory minimum sentences have been studied extensively and have been found to distort rational sentencing systems, discriminate against minorities, waste money, and often require a judge to impose sentences that violate common sense. To add insult to injury, studies have shown that mandatory minimum sentences fail to reduce crime.