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November 19, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act. Today, the House took a major step toward delivering historic investments in America’s future.  The Build Back Better Act that the House approved today will lower costs for nearly every family, create millions of good-paying jobs, and improve the quality of life for the people we represent. The Build Back Better Act invests in making child care affordable and securing universal, free, high-quality pre-school for all three- and four-year-olds.
November 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) announced nearly $89 million to help hardworking Virginian families with energy costs this winter through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). As Americans continue to deal with the impacts of the pandemic, LIHEAP grantees will be able to use the funding appropriated by Congress, along with funding made available through the American Rescue Plan Act, to help more than 5 million households stay warm this winter, cover utility costs and pay for energy repairs. 
November 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s cost estimate for the Education and Labor Committee’s provisions in the Build Back Better Act.  “The Congressional Budget Office’s estimate confirms two important facts about the Education and Labor Committee’s provisions in the Build Back Better Act. First, it shows that the Build Back Better Act makes historic investments in lowering costs for working families and helping Americans secure good-paying jobs. This proposal will make child care affordable for families, secure universal preschool, help more students access healthy school meals, lower the cost of life-saving prescription drugs, and expand opportunities by investing in higher education and high-quality job training programs.  
November 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, released the following statement on Sherrilyn Ifill stepping down as President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund. “Throughout her tenure at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Sherrilyn Ifill has been a fierce and effective advocate for equity in education, workplaces, and society. Her leadership and expertise have helped this Committee confront a wide range of issues, from school segregation to workplace discrimination, and she has inspired a generation of advocates focused on fulfilling America’s promise of equal justice under the law.
November 8, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Committee Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chair Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Rick Allen (GA-12) introduced legislation—the Retirement Improvement and Savings Enhancement (RISE) Act (H.R. 5891)—to expand American workers’ access to secure retirement. “We have a responsibility to create an economy where American workers can retire with dignity and security,”said Chairman Scott. “Unfortunately, far too many older Americans are working later in their lives and still relying on their next paycheck to cover monthly expenses.
November 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks during tonight’s Floor debate on advancing the Build Back Better Act. “Madam Speaker, every investment in the Build Back Better Act addresses an urgent challenge facing families, workers, and our economy. Within the jurisdiction of the Education and Labor Committee, this proposal makes child care affordable and it invests in securing free, universal, and high-quality preschool for three- and four-year-olds.  These provisions will give millions of parents the opportunity to reenter the workforce without having to worry if their children are safe.
November 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 531,000 jobs in October as the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent. “Today’s jobs report demonstrates that the Biden-Harris economic agenda is putting Americans back to work. Since President Biden took office, the economy has added 5.6 million jobs, the most jobs ever created in the first 10 months of any Administration. The Build Back Better Act and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would help lock in the progress we’ve seen and ensure all workers – particularly women, caregivers and low-wage workers – have the opportunity to share in the economic growth that we’ve made as our economy has begun to re-open. 
November 4, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency workplace safety standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure all their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative test on a weekly basis. “The Biden Administration’s emergency workplace safety standard is a turning point in the fight against COVID-19. As more than 1,200 Americans continue to die every day from COVID-19, I applaud President Biden and the Department of Labor for taking decisive action to protect our workers, families, and businesses.
November 3, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of former Virginia Delegate Flora D. Crittenden: “Newport News and the Commonwealth of Virginia have lost a fearless leader and public servant today with the passing of Flora Crittenden. She served our community in many ways as a teacher, guidance counselor, city councilwoman, and delegate in the Virginia General Assembly. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Flora’s work was always centered on bettering the lives of children through education, and her legacy lives on in all those she taught and mentored
October 29, 2021 In The News
“With razor-thin margins in the House and Senate, and a Republican Party intent on obstruction, Democrats in Congress have been forced to make hard choices in search of a final agreement that fulfills President Joe Biden’s agenda. Amid these tough decisions and painful cuts, one proposal has beaten the odds. Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), which have been neglected and underfunded for more than 150 years, are poised to receive a historic investment in the Build Back Better Act.