Committee on Education and Labor, Chairman
Congressman Scott currently serves as the Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee. As Chairman, he is working to expand access to the building blocks of a strong middle class – a quality education, a rewarding job, and affordable health care. The Committee on Education and Labor's purpose is to ensure that Americans' needs are addressed so that students and workers may move forward in a changing school system and a competitive global economy. The Committee oversees education and workforce programs that affect all Americans, from early learning through secondary education, from job training through retirement. The Committee on Education and Labor has jurisidiction over a wide range of legislation, including the Workforce Investment Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act, the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act, the Older Americans Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Congressman Scott has served on the Committee since 1993, but took a leave of absence during the 108th Congress (2003-2004) to serve on the House Budget Committee.
Congressman Scott has been appointed to serve on the Committee on the Budget for the 116th Congress (2019-2020), and has previously served on the committee in the 108th (2003-2004), 110th (2007-2008), and 111th (2009-2010) Congresses. The Committee's chief responsibility is to draft an annual concurrent resolution that provides a Congressional framework for spending and revenue levels, the federal surplus or deficit, and public debt. The budget resolution can contain reconciliation instructions directing authorizing committees to change laws in their jurisdiction to change revenues or mandatory spending levels. The resolution also can include mechanisms that aid in enforcing budget procedures in general or for particular purposes. In drafting the budget resolution, the Committee examines the President’s annual budget request, as well as economic and fiscal projections from the Congressional Budget Office. The Committee also has jurisdiction over budget process laws, and tracks the budgetary effects of legislative action.
Previous Committee Assignments:
- Committee on the Judiciary (1993-2014)
- Subcommittee on the Constitution, Ranking Member (1997-1998)
- Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Chairman (2007-2010), Ranking Member (1999-2006, 2011-2014)
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (1993-1994)
- Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans (2018)