On Thursday, July 20, 2017, Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a press conference to discuss the latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act -- this time without a replacement plan.
On Monday, July 10, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott held a health care town hall at King's Fork Middle School in Suffolk, Virginia. The town hall provided an overview of the Congressional Budget Office report that 22 million more Americans would lose their insurance under the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republican leadership's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Below is video of the town hall, as well as Congressman Scott's presentation.
On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott held a health care town hall at Aberdeen Elementary School in Hampton, Virginia. The town hall provided an overview of the Congressional Budget Office report that 23 million more Americans would lose their insurance under the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican leadership's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
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July 20, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office released a new score of the Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA): “Yet again, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has released another report on Republicans’ ongoing attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act – each report just as devastating than the last. Today, the CBO found that the Senate’s latest Trumpcare bill would leave 22 million fewer Americans without insurance. While there have been many versions of the legislation, here is the common theme – each insures fewer people, offers less coverage, and raises the cost of health insurance.
July 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans to vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement: “After multiple unsuccessful attempts at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans are promising to dismantle the progress of the last seven years by repealing the ACA—with no alternative. When Republicans say ‘repeal and replace,’ the only thing you can be sure of is the repeal part. As I said earlier this year, if they had a viable replacement, the American people would have seen it sometime in the past seven years.
July 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Senate released their latest version of Trumpcare. “Over the past few weeks, Senate Republicans have continued to scramble to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Trumpcare. During this time, they have done nothing to fix the underlying damage that Trumpcare will cause – the erosion of protections for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions and a crippling age tax on seniors. While a Congressional Budget Office assessment is necessary to determine the full impact of the legislation, the new version only tinkers around the edges and does nothing to actually improve health coverage and affordability for American families.
June 26, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the gentlewoman for yielding, and want to point out that, as we discuss healthcare, we have to notice that the Republicans are using a very flawed reasoning to try to sell TrumpCare to the American public. They say: ``We have a bill, and if you don't like the status quo, therefore, you have to support the bill.'' And if you ask: ``Well, what's in the bill?'' They say: ``Well, you have to do something.'' ``What's in your bill?'' ``I don't like the Affordable Care Act.'' ``What's in your bill?''
June 22, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Hampton Jazz Festival on its 50th Anniversary. The idea for a jazz festival emerged after a visit between friends--the President of Hampton Institute Jerome Holland and jazz entrepreneur and promoter George Wein, who was noted for his festivals in Newport, Rhode Island, New York, California, and New Orleans. This first festival was in 1968 when Hampton Institute--present day Hampton University--celebrated its 100th birthday with a musical night filled with jazz. This celebration took place on Hampton's campus at Armstrong Field. Artists that performed at the original festival included Dizzy Gillespie, Ramsay Lewis, Herbie Mann Quintet, Nina Simone and her Trio, Muddy Waters and his Blues Band, and many more.
June 22, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which will reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education program. H.R. 2353 builds on the House's bipartisan efforts in the last Congress, when this Chamber passed CTE reauthorization by a vote of 405-5. The research is clear: The United States workforce is suffering a skills gap. According to Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the United States will require at least some postsecondary education or skills acquisition. Yet, if the current trend holds, by 2020, our Nation will have more than 5 million fewer skilled workers than necessary to fill the high-skilled jobs which will be available. In Virginia alone, that is 30,000 open jobs; 17,000 are in the area of cybersecurity, and those jobs have salaries starting at $88,000.