More on Veterans
August 17, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement on President Trump’s signing of H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever” G.I. Bill, into law yesterday. The legislation makes improvements to the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, which was originally sponsored by former Senator Jim Webb and Congressman Scott and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008. The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill provides our men and women in uniform the full cost of a four year public college or university and housing benefits while enrolled in school. Congressman Scott was an original cosponsor of the “Forever” G.I. Bill.
July 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement on his personal twitter account that transgender individuals will no longer be permitted to serve in any capacity in the United States Armed Forces. “This morning, the country woke up to the news that President Trump unilaterally plans to bar the service of transgender persons in our nation’s military. This announcement places the estimated 15,000 transgender Americans who are currently serving our country at risk of being discharged. President Trump’s action undermines morale and further devalues the service and sacrifice of the more than 130,000 transgender veterans alive today.
June 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on his No vote on S. 1094, the V.A. Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act: “I strongly support accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and believe Congress must do more to ensure that our veterans receive the best care possible. “I strongly support accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and believe Congress must do more to ensure that our veterans receive the best care possible. Unfortunately, similar to the many attempts before it, the V.A. Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act unfairly penalizes V.A. employees in a misguided attempt to reform the V.A.
May 29, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day: “Today, we honor all the fallen men and women who have worn the uniforms of the Armed Services of the United States, and we rededicate ourselves to promoting peace so that their sacrifices will not have been in vain. So, on this Memorial Day, as you gather with family and friends to kick off the beginning of summer, take a moment to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect the freedoms we hold so dear.”
November 30, 2016 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of S. 1555, the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015. Filipino Americans have contributed to American life and culture in countless ways, and one of the most noble is through military service. Over 200,000 Filipino soldiers and guerrilla fighters served with the United States Armed Forces during World War II. Their invaluable service helped provide the necessary support to defeat the Japanese in the Pacific.
September 14, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement on his No vote on H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016: “Once again, Republicans have put forward a bill that fails to address the systemic issues the VA is facing, such as the disability appeals claim backlog and doctor, specialist, and nurse staffing shortages. Instead, this bill makes it easier to fire rank-and-file VA employees, who under current law can already be fired for cause. Due process protections for civil service employees began well over a century ago to protect employees from arbitrary and political firings.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today joined the House of Representatives in passing bipartisan legislation that honors the late Phyllis Galanti’s service to America’s military men and women and their families by naming the outdoor arboretum at Richmond’s McGuire VA Medical Center The Phyllis Galanti Memorial Arboretum. The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Mark R. Warner, Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and John McCain (R-AZ) in the Senate, along with Reps. Dave Brat (R-VA-7), Bobby Scott (D-VA-3) and Sam Johnson (R-TX-3) in the House, now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
November 11, 2015 Press Release
RICHMOND, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day: “Veterans Day is a time to honor our men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, to demonstrate our appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have made, and to promote peace so that their sacrifices will not have been in vain. “And while we spend this day saluting their service, we must recommit ourselves to ensure that when our veterans return home, they are cared for and are able to successfully transition back into civilian life. We can do this by making sure that the Department of Veterans Affairs is held accountable and has the necessary resources to recruit and hire the best doctors, specialists and nurses to meet increased demand.
July 29, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after his “NO” vote on the passage of H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act of 2015, in the House of Representatives: “I strongly support accountability at the Veterans Administration (V.A.), and believe that it is critically important that our veterans receive adequate care. However the so-called accountability measures in H.R. 1994 will do little to address the systemic issues plaguing the V.A., such as staffing shortages that result in exorbitant wait times and adverse health complications for veterans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after his “NO” vote on the passage of H.R. 3236, the Surface Transportation & Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act, in the House of Representatives: “Dressing up a short term extension of the Highway Trust Fund with an important V.A. bill does not overcome the importance of enacting a long term, six-year transportation reauthorization that provides the certainty states and local governments need to plan transportation projects.