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October 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 660, a resolution to establish further procedures for the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump: “Every Member of Congress swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and today’s vote was part of adhering to that solemn obligation. This resolution will establish procedures for how the House of Representatives will go forward with public hearings as part of the next phase of the impeachment inquiry.
October 28, 2019 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman for holding this Special Order and recognizing the legacy of Congressman John Conyers. I want to join those who are honoring his legacy. He served in Congress longer than any other African American. He represented Michigan and the Nation for over 50 years. He was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and he served as dean of the House. He was a giant in civil rights. He often bragged about being the only candidate for elective office ever endorsed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
September 24, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement: “Since the start of the 116th Congress, I have been honored to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. Committee Democrats have been working to expand access to the building blocks of a strong middle class – a quality education, a rewarding job, and affordable health care. The House has passed the Raise the Wage Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Butch Lewis Act. The Committee has also approved the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, the Dignity in Aging Act and other critical legislation awaiting a vote by the full House. We are currently working on updating the Higher Education Act to make college more affordable and legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs. That is the work that many of us came to Congress to do.
September 5, 2019 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the retirement of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05). “I join in the chorus of those thanking Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner for 40 years of public service in the House of Representatives. I had the pleasure of serving on the Judiciary Committee with him and we have worked together on many issues over the years.
May 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act, a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other key laws to ensure that LBGTQ Americans receive the same legal protections afforded to other Americans: “Today is a historic day for the LGBTQ community. As Chairman, I was proud to consider this important civil rights legislation in the Education and Labor Committee. Today I am proud to stand with my House colleagues as we pass the Equality Act to ensure that LGBTQ Americans can live free from discrimination. The LGBTQ community has made many strides in the last few years, including marriage equality and the repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.
Washington, D.C—Today, a bipartisan group of Members introduced a bill to restore administrative law judges (ALJs) to the competitive service and ensure that their appointments are based on competency and merit-based standards. The legislation was sponsored by Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), House Administration Committee Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-IL), Oversight and Reform Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Chairman John Larson (D-CT), and Rules Committee Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK).
December 20, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the First Step Act of 2018: “Our criminal justice system is long overdue for significant and comprehensive reform. For far too long, policymakers have chosen to play politics by enacting so-called ‘tough on crime’ slogans and soundbites, such as ‘three strikes and you’re out,’ ‘mandatory minimum sentencing,’ and even rhymes such as, ‘you do the adult crime, you do the adult time.’ These policies may sound appealing, but their impact ranges from a negligible reduction in crime to an actual increase in crime. A better policy has always been to follow evidence and research to reduce crime and save money.
December 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the top Democrat on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after the passage of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 (H.R.6964), which reauthorizes and reforms the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) to help state and local leaders better serve juvenile offenders and at-risk youth. “Today is the culmination of a multi-year, bipartisan effort to improve our juvenile justice system. Rather than setting policy based in slogans and soundbites, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act is guided by the best-available evidence and the best interests of young offenders, at-risk youth, and communities across the country."
October 22, 2018 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring outlined a new proposal to reform Virginia’s cash bail system: “I commend Attorney General Mark Herring for applying a common sense approach to bail reform. Many defendants cannot afford to post cash bail, creating a justice system where individuals are incarcerated simply because they are poor. Unfortunately, too many of these individuals end up losing their jobs, and eventually their homes, because they are locked up awaiting trial. Some defendants are eventually sentenced to no jail time at all or to a sentence that could have been served on weekends, allowing them to preserve their jobs and homes. The economic instability inflicted on these individuals with our current bail system too often leads to unnecessary recidivism.
October 5, 2018 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement in advance of the Senate vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court: “Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record gives every indication that his addition to the Supreme Court will establish a reliable majority that will undermine core constitutional rights now enjoyed by all Americans.