Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.J. Res. 83, the Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval that will undermine workplace safety and health. It does so by overturning a clarifying rule issued by OSHA on December 9, 2016, to ensure accurate occupational injury and illness reporting. Now, first of all, it is strange that we are reversing a rule through the Congressional Review Act that creates no new compliance or reporting obligation, imposes no new costs. It simply gives OSHA the tools to enforce an employer's continuing obligation to record injuries and illnesses. Spurred by the court of appeals decision, which blocked OSHA from citing continuing violations outside the 6-month statute of limitations, OSHA updated its recordkeeping rule.
February 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress: “President Trump’s plans to cut taxes and increase defense spending violate fundamental principles of arithmetic. While his proposal for increased defense spending and eliminating the sequester for the Department of Defense would certainly benefit parts of the Hampton Roads economy, the draconian spending cuts required to offset these increases would negatively impact thousands of hard working Virginia families and disrupt other areas of our region’s economy.
February 27, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my concerns with H.R. 228. While the legislation seeks to provide additional flexibility and support to Indian tribes--a worthy goal--I remain concerned that it could have the effect of weakening the services provided to families and children in Indian tribes. Currently, Indian tribes have the option to consolidate certain federal funding streams related to work and job training into one grant. H.R. 228 includes a number of changes to this consolidation option and expands the number of programs that can be consolidated.
February 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House announced that it will repeal the Obama Administration’s Title IX guidance protecting the rights of transgender students. “The impact of the Trump Administration’s repeal of the Title IX guidance leaves LGBTQ students in at least 31 states vulnerable to bullying and discrimination. A student’s right to equal education should not be impeded by an unsafe learning environment. “Last May, the Obama Administration’s Department of Education issued guidance to clarify that transgender students are protected under Title IX. That law, passed in 1972, prohibits disparate treatment, disparate impact, and retaliation based on sex in education.
February 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will hold a town hall on the Affordable Care Act in Franklin, Virginia on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. The town hall will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act and other health care initiatives at the federal level. This will be an opportunity for constituents to ask questions and receive information regarding repeal efforts and the impact this will have on their health care coverage.
February 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) received the Congressional Champion of Youth Award from Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Congressman Scott was honored for his extraordinary support of Boys and Girls Clubs and his ongoing dedication to the youth of our nation. “As a strong supporter of Boys and Girls Clubs, I am honored to receive the Congressional Champion of Youth Award,” said Rep. Scott. “Boys and Girls Clubs provide a safe haven for our youth and encourage them to make good life decisions. In my district alone, Boys and Girls Clubs serve thousands of young people across Hampton Roads. Through active engagement in our communities, we can help effect change, one child at a time.
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, our country is experiencing a retirement security crisis. Nearly 40 million private sector workers do not have access to a retirement savings plan at their jobs. The data and research also show that many middle- and low-income workers lack the ability to save enough on their own for retirement. Too many Americans lack access to retirement savings plans and too few are able to build a retirement nest egg on their own. Unfortunately, Congress has not stepped up to comprehensively address our country's retirement security challenges, but many States have stepped up and enacted innovative solutions to expand working people's access to retirement savings. California passed a law establishing a program that is estimated to provide 6.8 million workers access to a retirement savings plan. In Illinois, more than a million people are expected to benefit from the State's retirement savings program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Grace Meng (NY-06) issued the following joint statement today on the recent shooting death of Jiansheng Chen, a Chesapeake, VA. Late last month, Mr.Chen was fatally shot by a neighborhood security guard while playing Pokemon Go. Police are presently investigating the incident. “We are deeply saddened over the death of Jiansheng Chen. We are also concerned about the manner and circumstances in which he lost his life. Many questions remain and need to be answered, and we call on local authorities to conduct their investigation thoroughly and expeditiously.
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of myself and Representatives Robert Wittman, Donald McEachin, and Scott Taylor to honor Dr. Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, an extraordinary group of women from Hampton Roads, Virginia recently featured in the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. Tomorrow evening, Senators WARNER, KAINE, and BROWN are joining me in hosting a screening of Hidden Figures here at the United States Capitol. I would like to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of the remarkable women depicted in this film Breaking down barriers of both gender and race at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, these women, and many like them, laid the groundwork for John Glenn to become the first American to orbit the earth, and for Neil Armstrong to walk on the moon. I am proud that their stories are reaching a wider audience.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Rob Wittman (R-01), Bobby Scott (D-03), Gerry Connolly (D-11), Don Beyer (D-08), and Scott Taylor (R-02) today reintroduced legislation to grant federal recognition to six Virginia Indian tribes. The bill, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017. The legislation would grant federal recognition to the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, and the Nansemond tribes. These tribes have received official recognition from the Commonwealth of Virginia but have faced barriers preventing them from receiving federal recognition because of gaps in official records. Specifically, the Virginia tribes lack formal treaties with the U.S. Government because they made peace with England well before the establishment of the United States.
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February 11, 2015 In The News
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working, and now is the time to make the law work even better for you — by signing up for insurance in the Marketplace while you have the chance. If you or members of your family do not currently have access to health insurance through an employer, TRICARE, Medicare, CHIP or Medicaid, then you have until Feb. 15 to sign up for quality, affordable health care insurance via HealthCare.gov. Already, millions of Americans — including more than 300,000 Virginians — have signed up for health insurance plans through the Marketplace. But we know that even more people could use the Marketplace to get covered.
February 6, 2015 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that employers added 257,000 jobs last month. January’s employment figures means the economy has now had a record 59 consecutive months of private sector job growth, resulting in the addition of 11.8 million new jobs. “Today’s jobs report is a sign that our economy is maintaining momentum and continuing to grow. Job creation over the last 12 months is stronger than it has been since 2000, and January capped off the best three-month span for job growth in 17 years.
February 3, 2015 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ranking Members of the House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce decried today’s attempt by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the 56th such attempt since the law’s enactment – and the Republicans’ sustained attack to undermine access to quality, affordable health care for millions of hard-working Americans. Ranking Members Sander Levin (D-MI), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) released the following joint statement after today’s vote: "Once again, Republicans have tried to rob millions of Americans of their access to dependable, quality health care. Today's vote marks the 56th time House Republicans have attempted to undermine the Affordable Care Act. The GOP continues to disregard the plain, simple fact that the ACA is working. In 2014, the uninsured rate dropped to just 12.9 percent, and 19 million Americans have obtained ACA-sponsored coverage. Five years later, it is irresponsible for Republicans to pretend that the law and its landmark reforms can simply be taken away from American families.
February 2, 2015 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), the ranking Democratic member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016: “President Obama’s budget proposal lays out a fiscally responsible blueprint to strengthen the middle class by investing in workers, students, children, and families. The President’s budget would reverse the arbitrary, destructive spending cuts of the last four years and make critical investments in our nation’s future.
January 22, 2015 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statement today after President Obama outlined his budget plan to increase access, affordability and quality of child care and early childhood education for working and middle-class families across the country: “Today, President Obama outlined a vital step we must take to give working and middle-class families with young children access to affordable, high-quality child care. By tripling the maximum child care tax credit and making landmark investments in the Child Care and Development Fund, the President’s plan would make child care significantly more affordable for millions of families.
January 22, 2015 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan group of House members today introduced legislation that would improve support for youth who are victims of sex trafficking. It is estimated that each year 300,000 children become victims of sex trafficking. Many of these children were once involved in a state child welfare system, yet their experience with sexual exploitation may go undetected. Led by Reps. Joe Heck (R-NV) and Karen Bass (D-CA), members are introducing bipartisan legislation that will enhance other support services for victims and improve the child welfare response to trafficking:
January 12, 2015 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s new proposals for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statement today, the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the nation’s cornerstone K-12 education law:
January 12, 2015 In The News
Rep. Bobby Scott was appalled by the findings of a Senate report detailing the enhanced interrogation methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Senate report detailed many instances when the U.S. waterboarded suspected terrorists, a drowning-like procedure in which interrogators covered detainees’ faces with a cloth and doused them with water, sometimes until they fell unconscious. Scott, D-3rd, denounced the waterboarding as a torture method inconsistent with the United States’ image as a "moral authority" and said the report shows the country "failed to lead by example." "After World War II, we tried, convicted, and in some cases, executed Japanese soldiers for war crimes that included charges of waterboarding," Scott said in a Dec. 9 news release.
January 5, 2015 In The News
Rep. Bobby Scott probably didn’t think he’d be the one wrestling with House Republicans over education bill language and spending levels in the 114th Congress. Scott, the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s new ranking member, was suddenly up for the post last spring, after former ranking Democrat Rep. George Miller announced plans to retire and New Jersey Rep. Rob Andrews, who was the next-most senior Democrat on the committee, abruptly resigned amid an ethics investigation. That unexpectedly pushed Scott, a 12-term Democrat from Virginia, to the front of the line. Rumors that Rep. John Tierney might mount a challenge evaporated when the Massachusetts congressman lost his primary race.
December 11, 2014 In The News
Congress reauthorized legislation this week that will require states to report the number of people killed during an arrest or while in police custody. "You can't begin to improve the situation unless you know what the situation is," Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), one of the bill's sponsors, said in an interview with the Washington Post. "We will now have the data."