May 6, 2016 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of former Virginia state senator and state delegate Johnny Joannou: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and former colleague in the Virginia General Assembly, Johnny Joannou. I served with Johnny in both the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia. He was well-known for being a talented lawyer and for his independence. Johnny was always willing to work with both sides of the aisle and he fought hard to achieve results for his constituents, regardless of the political consequences. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Chris and all of his friends and supporters during this difficult time."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Scott Rigell (VA-02), Bobby Scott (VA-03), Rob Wittman (VA-01), and Randy Forbes (VA-04) asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to assist American families affected by contaminated Chinese drywall. Contaminated drywall has significantly impacted more than 3,700 homes across the country. In 2013, President Obama signed into law the Drywall Safety Act of 2012, legislation that was introduced by Rigell and quickly passed through Congress thanks to strong bipartisan cooperation across Virginia’s Congressional delegation. The legislation set chemical standards for domestic and imported drywall, established remediation guidelines for disposal of all drywall, and expressed a sense of Congress that China must be held accountable for the damage this product has already caused across America. However, many contaminated drywall victims continue to face significant financial hardship.
April 6, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the final “conflict of interest” rule to protect workers’ retirement savings and ensure they receive investment advice that’s in their best interest. “I strongly support the Department of Labor’s ‘conflict of interest’ rule, which finally closes gaping loopholes in a critical retirement savings regulation that dates back to 1975. When workers seek out personalized financial advice on how to invest their retirement nest egg, they are making one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. These workers and their families often place their full trust and confidence in their financial advisor.
April 4, 2016 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of State Senator John Miller: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of State Senator John Miller. I first knew John during his time as a broadcaster and I welcomed him as he transitioned to public office. John was a dedicated public servant who led efforts in the General Assembly to reform SOL testing and combat sea level rise. He was willing to work with both sides of the aisle to achieve results for our Commonwealth. I grew to appreciate his counsel as we worked on behalf of our mutual constituents. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sharron, his daughter Jenny and his son John, and his countless friends and supporters.”
April 1, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that during the month of March, the economy added 215,000 jobs: “Today’s job report represents the 73rd consecutive month of private sector job growth with unemployment steady at 5 percent. This extends the longest streak of job growth on record, which was previously set in April 2000 at 51 months. This is welcome news, however more work must be done to support the economic recovery and strengthen working families.
March 31, 2016 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott issued the following statement on the shooting at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond: "I was saddened to learn of the senseless and tragic shooting at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond today. This inexplicable act of violence is a painful reminder of the fact that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our communities. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Virginia State Trooper killed in the line of duty."
March 15, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s proposed plan to protect the southern Atlantic coast from offshore drilling: “I applaud the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for carefully considering whether or not to allow oil and gas development off the southern Atlantic Coast. This revised proposal for the nation’s oil and gas leasing program appropriately responded to input from local leaders, businesses, the Department of Defense, environmental stakeholders, and many others.
March 9, 2016 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) announced the beginning of the annual Third Congressional District High School Art Competition. The competition is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) residing in the Third Congressional District of Virginia. Entries are due Friday, April 22, 2016. An Artistic Discovery is a nationwide program coordinated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the artistic talents of our youth. The nationwide competition involves more than 50,000 talented high school students. In the past, over 200 Members of Congress have participated in the program.
March 4, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that during the month of February, the economy added 242,000 jobs: “Today’s job report represents the 72nd consecutive month of private sector job growth with unemployment remaining steady at 4.9 percent. Our economy is steadily growing and more Americans are finding opportunities. However, more work must be done to strengthen our economy and grow working people’s paychecks.
February 23, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), House Education and Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) and House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-TN) issued a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to follow-up on a request to instruct the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to review and reconsider an opinion issued on June 29, 2007. The opinion has been interpreted to permit federally funded faith-based organizations to use the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to override statutory employment nondiscrimination laws.