Congressman Scott currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. In his capacity as the senior Democrat on the Committee, he is leading the fight for access to quality early, secondary and higher education for all of America’s children with an emphasis on solving the growing problem of student debt, closing the achievement gap and dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Additionally, he is focused on ensuring that millions of Americans have the opportunity to go to work every day and know that they will be treated fairly, paid a decent and living wage, given a safe environment in which do their jobs and provided access to affordable health care.
The Committee on Education and the Workforce'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 the Workforce has jurisidiction over a wide range of legislation, including the Workforce Investment Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education 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.
On February, 23, 2018, Congressman Scott was appointed to serve on the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. Established by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the Joint Select Committee is responsible for putting forward solutions to Congress before the end of 2018 to significantly improve the solvency of multiemployer pension plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
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 the Budget (2003-2004, 2007-2010)
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (1993-1994)