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August 16, 2021 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the situation in Afghanistan: “20 years ago, the United States entered Afghanistan to destroy the forces responsible for the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. We largely finished that work when the Obama-Biden Administration killed Osama Bin Laden and degraded al Qaeda. Our servicemembers have been placed in harm’s way for the last 20 years in America’s longest war. Our nation has spent billions of dollars to train the Afghan military and provide resources to the Afghan government to prevent the Taliban from regaining control. It is now undeniably clear that President Biden is correct when he asserts that the events of the last few days were inevitable.
June 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 256 – To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002: "Back in 2002, I voted against going to war in Iraq. Today, I voted to finally repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, a bipartisan effort led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. The Constitution grants sole power to Congress to declare war, not the Executive Branch. Over the last two decades, previous Presidents have used the 2002 AUMF to launch military strikes without Congressional consultation or authorization.
January 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott issued the following statement on his vote in favor of H.R. 335, a bill to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces. Specifically, the legislation would allow retired General Lloyd Austin III to serve as Secretary of Defense if confirmed by the United States Senate. “Under President Obama, General Austin oversaw operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) and the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces in Iraq. He has a distinguished military career with the Army and has a firm commitment to civilian leadership within the military.
July 24, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7608, an appropriations package that includes four FY 2021 spending bills: State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. “Today the House passed a spending package that rejects harmful cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget and will bolster our national security, strengthen working families, invest in medical care for our veterans and protect the environment.
June 29, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Democratic Co-Chair of the U.S.-Philippine Friendship Caucus, and Steve Chabot (R-OH), Republican Co-Chair of the Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus and of the U.S.-Philippine Friendship Caucus, released the following statement today on the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. in the Philippines.
January 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 83 – Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran: “Last week, the Trump Administration killed a high-level Iranian military official. This provocation almost led us to the brink of war. Yesterday, the Trump Administration attempted to brief Congress on the intelligence they used to justify the attack.
January 3, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s deadly airstrike in Iraq against high-level Iranian military officials: “The airstrike authorized last night by the President that killed a high-level Iranian military official has significantly escalated tensions between the United States and Iran to dangerous levels. I will reserve judgment as to whether or not this was a proportional response until Congress has received a full briefing by the Trump Administration.
January 29, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), co-chairs of the US-Philippines Friendship Caucus, released the following statement after two bombs went off at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Philippines, on Sunday: “We are completely stunned by the Jolo cathedral bombing. Many innocent people lost their lives in a double assault as they were worshipping and trying to escape the explosion. Our hearts are with the families who have lost loved ones and we pray for the speedy recovery of the more than one hundred individuals who were wounded in the attack.
May 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott issued the following statement after President Trump announced that he is not waiving sanctions pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear agreement: “Today’s decision by President Trump is not based in facts, evidence or research and leaves America less safe and less credible. The International Atomic Energy Agency, the European Union, a huge swath of nuclear policy experts, and the Trump Administration officials themselves all agree that Iran is upholding its end of the deal.
April 25, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03) and A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) invited Robert "Jack" Ewald of Suffolk, Virginia as their guest to attend the address delivered by French President Emmanuel Macron to a Joint Meeting of Congress. Mr. Ewald, a World War II veteran, fought in the Army's 115th Infantry Division at Normandy on D-Day. President Macron highlighted Mr. Ewald’s story in his remarks. “It is my great honor to have Jack Ewald as our guest at today’s historic address by President Macron,” said Congressman Bobby Scott. “Jack’s incredible life story embodies the very best of our country. I am very pleased that more people were able to learn more about his service and sacrifice that helped free Europe from tyranny, and we are so thankful for his continued service to our community.”