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November 22, 2021 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) highlighted a new report from the Joint Economic Committee that estimated 83,000 Child Tax Credit monthly payments were sent to families in Virginia’s Third Congressional District. A total of $38,800,000 in tax cuts went back in the pockets of hardworking 3rd district families, covering 154,000 district children in November. The expanded CTC, included in the American Rescue Plan, is one of the largest-ever single-year tax cuts for families with children. “Democrats in Congress are squarely focused on putting more money in the pockets of working families and the Biden Child Tax Credit, enacted in the American Rescue Plan, is doing just that in my district and across the country,” said Congressman Scott.
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, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after voting to censure Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) and strip him of committee assignments: “Americans send us to Congress to be their voice in Washington, and we are expected to conduct ourselves with dignity and respect. The conduct of Congressman Gosar degrades the honor of the office that we hold. It is important to note that this recent behavior is not an isolated incident.
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, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework: “The passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill delivers an essential and exciting pillar of President Biden’s domestic agenda. This bill represents a much-needed investment in jobs and our economy as we rebuild America’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges, public transit, ports, and broadband, as well as making our electric grid more resilient to climate change
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. 


In The News

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.
October 13, 2021 In The News
A bill introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott and making its way through Congress should be good for the military, for national defense and for the health of the Chesapeake Bay that’s so important to the economy and quality of life here in Hampton Roads. The legislation authorizing a new Department of Defense stormwater management program had bipartisan backing, with Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Norfolk, and Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, among the co-sponsors.
September 15, 2021 In The News
WASHINGTON — A local congressman is taking action to protect the nation's military bases from Mother Nature. A 2018 Defense Department study found  53 of 79 military installations face current threats from flooding. The list includes Langley Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Oceana, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads,  and Naval Station Norfolk. Rep. Bobby Scott's (D-Virginia, 3rd District) bill Enhancing Military Base Resilience and Conserving Ecosystems through Stormwater Management (EMBRACE Stormwater Management) Act would implement stormwater best management practices, to reduce flooding on and around military bases, which jeopardizes military readiness, pollutes the Chesapeake Bay, and compounds stress for military families. 
September 8, 2021 In The News
As rumblings of unease over President Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill emerge from the Senate, Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott says he’s gearing up to fight for its child care and workforce development programs — as well as a critical bricks-and-mortar need. That bricks and mortar need is school buildings. And coming from a state where the median age of schools is 50 years, well above the national average, it’s a big concern for Scott, D-Newport News who chairs of the House Education and Labor Committee. “If we had $100 billion, that might replace maybe 2% of the nation’s schools,” he said. “And I have to caution, I don’t think we can get that, but I’m working hard for this.”
June 13, 2021 In The News
As Congress gears up to battle over how much to spend on infrastructure, Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-Newport News, wants to be sure his Capitol Hill colleagues remember one part of the foundation that keeps an economy growing: Child care. “If we’re going to get all these jobs, people need the things that make it possible to work, and that’s child care,” he told staff at the Downtown Hampton Child Development Center. The pandemic hit child-care facilities hard, he said. Those that remained open faced big bills to arrange for social distancing and hygiene measures — and had to spend that money as parents, stuck at home, decided to keep their children home too. Many simply closed their doors, and face bills to prepare for reopening.
April 15, 2021 In The News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott (D-3rd District) has formally asked for the Justice Department to investigate two recent high-profile cases in Hampton Roads involving Black men and police, the fatal police shooting of Donovon Lynch in Virginia Beach and the threatening traffic stop of Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario in Windsor. Scott said he has also spoken in person with Attorney General Merrick Garland about launching probes into the incidents, in addition to sending a formal request in writing. “We deserve transparency, accountability, and most of all, the truth about these incidents,” Scott said.
March 19, 2021 In The News
Kevin Ring worked on Capitol Hill during the crafting of the 1994 Crime Bill, which imposed tougher prison sentences and bolstered the War on Drugs. As he remembers it, members of both parties were obsessed with appearing tough on crime. “You couldn’t go far enough,” said Ring, who’s now the president of sentencing reform organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums. “Three strikes? How about two strikes? How about one strike? We couldn’t be punitive enough to satisfy what we thought was public anger about crime and drugs.” Over 25 years after the 1994 Crime Bill and 35 years after the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, the War on Drugs is considered by experts and government officials alike to be one of the biggest failures of American governance in the 20th century.
March 10, 2021 In The News
The House of Representatives isn’t dealing with just COVID-19 relief. Members also voted Tuesday night on a labor law introduced by a senior member of the Virginia delegation. Virginia is one of 27 states that has what some people call a “right to work” law, which union supporters sometimes call a freeloader law. That’s because it allows people who aren’t members of unions and don’t pay union dues to benefit from higher wages and working conditions negotiated on their behalf by unions. That’s why Congressman Bobby Scott of Newport News introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which creates what he calls a “fair-share fee” allowing unions and employers to assess fees supporting the cost of collective bargaining.
March 10, 2021 In The News
WASHINGTON (AP/WAVY) — The House has approved Democratic legislation sponsored by Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott (3rd District) that would invigorate workers’ unions following decades of court defeats and legislative setbacks. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which passed Tuesday on a 225-206 vote, would block so-called Right to Work laws across the country and generally make it easier to organize a union. It would also prohibit companies from hiring replacements for workers on strike. Scott, the bill’s lead sponsor, is also the chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor.
January 28, 2021 In The News
On January 6th, then-President Donald Trump incited a deadly insurrection against Congress while we fulfilled our constitutional duty to count the electoral votes of the states. Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the chair of the House Republican Conference, strongly condemned the president, appropriately stating that “[T]here has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.” In the days since this domestic terror attack on our democracy, troubling public reports of the timeline now reveal that several members of Congress, and perhaps even the vice president, were within moments of being captured and possibly murdered by the mob.