September 20, 2016 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank Chairman Kline, Subcommittee Chair ROKITA, and the gentleman from Florida (Mr. Curbelo) for their work, and also, on our side, Representatives DAVIS of California, ADAMS, and WILSON of Florida for their work on this legislation. Mr. Speaker, juvenile courts were established by States over 100 years ago on the emerging legal theory that children should not be held fully responsible for their actions, a theory proven by scientific research into impulse control and brain development. The capacity to rehabilitate children became the focus of the system rather than punishment of offenders. Congress first articulated national standards of juvenile justice in the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974.
September 16, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott received the Silent Warrior Award from the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation. Established by the Honorable Augustus Freeman Hawkins during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Foundation was created to develop highly trained workers through robust educational support. Congressman Hawkins, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, was known in Congress as the “Silent Warrior” for his determination to tackle social issues and secure equal educational opportunities for all. Congressman Scott received the Silent Warrior Award for his work on behalf of the nation’s students and working families as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
September 15, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) received the Leaders of Democracy Award from The Memorial Foundation, the builders of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Following the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial by President Obama, The Memorial Foundation was created to ensure that all visitors understand the four major tenets of Dr. King’s national memorial – democracy, justice, hope and love. Congressman Scott received the award in recognition of his consistent efforts to display leadership amongst his peers and within the community. “I am honored to receive the Leader of Democracy Award from The Memorial Foundation for my work in Congress,” said Rep. Scott.
September 14, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement on his No vote on H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016: “Once again, Republicans have put forward a bill that fails to address the systemic issues the VA is facing, such as the disability appeals claim backlog and doctor, specialist, and nurse staffing shortages. Instead, this bill makes it easier to fire rank-and-file VA employees, who under current law can already be fired for cause. Due process protections for civil service employees began well over a century ago to protect employees from arbitrary and political firings.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As students return to school this month, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) wants to remind interested students about the 2016 Congressional App Challenge competition, which is open to students living in or attending school in Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District.
September 13, 2016 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act, which would reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education program. The research is clear: the United States workforce is suffering from a skills gap. According to one study, 65 percent of all jobs in the United States in the near future will require at least some education or training past the high school level--not necessarily a 4-year degree, but some education and training past the high school level. In Virginia alone, we have thousands of jobs in the tech sector that go unfilled because of the lack of qualified applicants. Some of those jobs have salaries of $88,000. Today's CTE program is not the vocational education of the past, where students pursued a career rather than academic studies. Now the current programs integrate the academic curriculum which will assist in preparing participants for postsecondary education and credentials.
September 9, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks: “Fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001, the United States endured four coordinated terrorist attacks that forever changed our nation and the world. In the immediate aftermath of these attacks, Americans did not cower in fear, but stood united. “On this solemn anniversary, we honor and remember the nearly 3,000 people of all colors and creeds who perished in these attacks.
September 9, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democrat and Republican members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today introduced the H.R. 5963 Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act. Sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act to help state and local leaders better serve at-risk youth and juvenile offenders. “The JJDPA has been due to be reauthorized for nearly ten years. In that time, many states have had successes implementing evidence-based and trauma-informed practices to improve the delivery of delinquency prevention services to youth,” said Ranking Member Scott. “At the federal level, we must continue to incentivize a focus on evidence-based prevention and intervention initiatives which reduce delinquency and save money. Making sure we get juveniles in the system or at risk of delinquency off the wrong track and back in school on the way to college or a career is one of the most common sense, cost-effective actions we can take to improve our communities. I’m pleased that we were able to work together and find common ground to advance national juvenile justice policy.”
September 9, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, joined United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) President Cecil Roberts, and thousands of retired coal miners and their families, including hundreds from Southwest Virginia, for a rally to push Congress to pass the Coal Healthcare and Pensions Protection Act (H.R. 2403/S. 1714). “Congress cannot delay action on the Coal Healthcare and Pensions Protection Act any further,” stated Congressman Scott. “These men and women have earned these benefits and we cannot hang them out to dry by our inaction. My colleagues who call themselves ‘friends of coal’ also need to be ‘friends of coal miners’ and join this bipartisan coalition of members of Congress and bring this bill up for a vote immediately.”
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s request that the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division open a pattern-or-practice investigation of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail: “I commend Attorney General Herring for requesting a federal pattern-or-practice investigation of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. The circumstances surrounding the death of Jamycheal Mitchell last year and the recent death of Henry Clay Stewart raise serious questions and concerns about this facility. These investigations can determine whether or not the constitutional rights of the incarcerated, as well as federal law, have been violated.