WASHINGTON, DC – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the Education Department’s proposed rule, released today, which revises standards for schools’ responsibility under the Title IX to respond to campus sexual assault and harassment. “The Title IX proposal released today would be a damaging setback for our efforts to prevent campus sexual harassment and assault. The bottom line is that by allowing schools to use this new process and evidentiary standard, this rule would make it harder for survivors of sexual misconduct to achieve justice. Institutions must secure due process for the accused, while achieving dignity and providing the support services survivors deserve.
November 14, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act to protect students from the dangers of seclusion and restraint at school. The legislation would make it illegal for any school receiving taxpayer dollars to seclude children.
November 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott sent the following letter to his Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives announcing his support for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve as Speaker in the 116th Congress:Dear Democratic Colleague: Later this month, our Caucus will nominate our candidate for Speaker for the 116thCongress. In these uncertain times, there is no one more qualified to lead our Caucus and the House of Representatives than Nancy Pelosi. Leader Pelosi has a proven track record of accomplishment for our Caucus and the American people.
November 7, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) sent the following letter to his Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives: “Last night was a tremendous victory for House Democrats and the American people. As we prepare our new majority for the 116th Congress, I am writing to seek your support to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. I am proud to have served as the Committee’s Ranking Member for the past four years, and I look forward to working with you to advance our goals as we enter the Majority.”
November 2, 2018 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed an executive order to bolster Virginia’s resilience to sea level rise and natural hazards: “With neighborhoods and streets already underwater in the Hampton Roads area, Governor Northam knows that making Virginia more resilient to flooding is of the utmost importance. Creating a broad resiliency plan for the Commonwealth and a coordinated effort with localities is an important step to managing sea level rise and reducing future flooding risks.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, along with Representatives Susan Davis (CA-53) and John Sarbanes (MD-03), and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), led more than 150 Democrats requesting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos turn over more information—and swiftly act to fix— regarding the Department’s flawed handling of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. This request follows the release of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which revealed an alarming number of PSLF borrowers have been denied loan forgiveness.
October 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a federal court judge ruled the Department of Education illegally delayed the “Borrower Defense” (BD) rule. The rule was established under President Obama in the wake of two massive for-profit college closures to provide relief to defrauded students. “Today’s court ruling is a major victory for students. In September, the Court found the Department illegally delayed the Borrower’s Defense regulations, delaying relief for students who were cheated out of their education, their money, and their future.
October 15, 2018 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA- Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after signing on as a co-sponsor of HR 2472 the Disability Integration Act: “Today I’m joining as a cosponsor of the Disability Integration Act. Despite the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) becoming law more than 28 years ago, many individuals with disabilities are still forced to live in segregated settings due to the way our health care system provides services. All Americans with disabilities have the right to achieve economic self-sufficiency, live independently, and fully participate in all aspects of their community.
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.