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May 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks during the floor debate for the H.R. 987 – Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act. “Mr. Speaker, while for healthier, younger Americans, short-term junk plans may sound like a good idea, those policies will fail to cover essential benefits and the policies will lack consumer protections. They may not provide decent coverage for when they get sick. But, the major problem with the proliferation of junk plans is the fact they allow insurance companies to sell plans to healthy people only—meaning that everybody else will be in an insurance pool which is sicker than they are today.
WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), John Katko (R-NY), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) reintroduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, legislation that would protect pregnant workers from workplace discrimination. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would address legal ambiguities and help ensure that pregnant women are treated fairly on the job. The legislation, which is closely modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), would require employers to make reasonable accommodations—such as a minor job modification—that would allow pregnant workers to continue working and prevent them from being forced out on leave or out of their jobs.
May 2, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House and Senate Democrats introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act—comprehensive legislation to strengthen protections for workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. As wage inequality continues to leave workers and middle-class families behind, this legislation would empower millions of Americans to stand together and ensure hardworking people are getting their fair share of economic growth. A recent study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research found that unions have consistently provided workers with a 10- to 20-percent wage boost over their non-union counterparts over the past eight decades.
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Committee on Education and Labor, and Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Committee on Energy and Commerce, issued the following joint statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule that would deny patients necessary and lifesaving health care based on religious beliefs and erode nondiscrimination protections: “Today’s final rule, along with the expected release of a second rule that would undermine health care rights under the Affordable Care Act, will add to the Trump administration’s continued attacks on patient access to health care by allowing hospitals, doctors, and anyone involved in the provision of health care to deny care to patients based on any personal belief.
May 2, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, four Democrats and four Republicans on the Committee on Education and Labor introduced H.R. 2480, legislation to strengthen federal efforts to prevent and treat child abuse. The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA) is a bold, bipartisan response to combat the rising rates of child maltreatment experienced as the opioid crisis has devastated families and communities across the country. The four Democratic co-sponsors are Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-03), Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee Chairwoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03).
April 24, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement after Rodney Robinson was announced as the 2019 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Robinson is a social studies teacher at Virgie Binford Education Center inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center. “I am proud to congratulate Richmond public school teacher Rodney Robinson, who was named 2019 National Teacher of the Year this morning. While Congress has a critical role in providing students, parents, and educators the resources they need to succeed, it is dedicated leaders like Mr. Robinson who are ultimately responsible for teaching and inspiring students every day in classrooms across the country.
April 5, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 196,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate held at 3.8 percent. “Today’s jobs report continues to show that despite steady job growth, wages are barely keeping pace with inflation. It is another reminder that Congress must take bold action to lift millions of workers out of poverty to help build a thriving middle class.
March 28, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a federal court partially invalidated the Trump administration’s rule expanding the reach of Association Health Plans (AHPs). “Today’s ruling is an important victory for workers and consumers who would be harmed by the administration’s decision to expand the reach of association health plans. The Department of Labor’s final rule is one of numerous examples of this administration’s efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through executive action.
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks during the floor debate for the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.7). “Thank you, Madam Chair. In 1963, the Equal Pay Act codified the right to ‘equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.’ In fact, the Equal Pay Act was enacted one-year prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that – for the first time – provided for the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws. Over the past 55 years, the Equal Pay Act– in combination with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – has produced substantial progress towards addressing inequities for women in the workplace.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) issued the following joint statement today after the Trump administration wrote to the Fifth Circuit urging the court to uphold the district court ruling in Texas v. United States striking down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The Trump Administration is now actively supporting a lawsuit that would cause millions of people to lose their health insurance, eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and trigger an immediate spike in health care costs for all Americans.