Press Releases

December 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statisticsannounced that the economy added 245,000 jobs in November with the unemployment rate at 6.7 percent. “Today’s report signals that economic recovery is continuing to slow as our nation faces one of the worst economic and public health crises in history. As COVID-19 cases and deaths skyrocket in nearly every state across the country, we continue to confront the disastrous impacts of the Trump Administration’s failed response to the pandemic. Let’s be clear: Record-high jobless claims are not a reflection of a successful economy. Just last week, more than 700,000 Americans filed new unemployment insurance claims—continuing to exceed the record-high number of claims under previous administrations (695,000 claims in October 1982). Initial unemployment claims under President Trump for each of the last 37 consecutive weeks have exceeded unemployment claims under any other president in the history of the program.
December 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after he was elected the next Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor by the House Democratic Caucus. “I am grateful to my colleagues for providing me the opportunity to continue my role as Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. It has been an honor to lead this Committee during a critical time in our nation’s history, and to work alongside a diverse coalition of Members representing the interests of students and workers across the country. Our nation is enduring unprecedented challenges, with widening educational achievement gaps, a deep economic recession, and a devastating public health crisis.
November 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to the General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy urging the GSA to grant the Biden-Harris Transition Team access to critical information, services, and resources. “Our country is facing an unprecedented global pandemic that is killing 2,000 Americans per day, and any further delay in an effective government response will have devastating consequences,” wrote Chairman Scott.
November 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after the Department of Education suspended a new web tool designed to simplify the Borrower Defense application process for individuals who were ripped off by their schools.
November 20, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, November 24th, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will host a virtual town hall on health care and the COVID-19 pandemic. Congressman Scott will be joined by public health experts and officials. This will be an opportunity for constituents to learn and get answers to any questions they may have about the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment, new restrictions from Governor Ralph Northam’s office to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia, and other guidelines related to the pandemic.
November 19, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, top Democrats in both the House and the Senate introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act to protect students from dangerous seclusion and restraint discipline practices in school. The bill is sponsored by Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04).
November 16, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Friday, November 13, 2020, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, was the honoree at the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP’s 85th Annual State Convention’s Freedom Fund Gala. Congressman Scott was given the Freedom Fighter Award for his life-long work to advance equity in education and fighting for economic and racial justice.
November 10, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to the House Democratic Caucus seeking support for his candidacy to continue his role as chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor in the 117th Congress. “Governing should be guided by the values and aspirations we share – improving the lives of people from all walks of life. Now, as our nation faces one of the worst economic and public health crises in modern history, achieving this goal has never been more important,” said Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03). “I appreciate the diversity of opinions in our Caucus and am committed to having discussions with my colleagues in order to find common ground on our priorities for the next Congress.”
November 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement on today’s arguments in the California v. Texas case before the Supreme Court. “As we continue to confront the worst public health emergency in recent history, our first priority must be to protect Americans’ health and wellbeing. Yet, today, in the midst of a global health pandemic, a group of Republican Attorney Generals are arguing to the Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be struck down.
November 9, 2020 Press Release
The Committee seeks written assurances from the Trump administration that records will not be destroyed, modified, removed, transferred, or otherwise rendered inaccessible during the transition.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) wrote to Departments and agencies under the Committee’s jurisdiction requesting written assurances that during the upcoming presidential transition, it maintains records as required by the Federal Records Act (FRA). In the letters, Chairman Scott notes FRA requires all Departments and agencies in the Executive Branch to collect, retain, and preserve records that document “the transaction of public business” or contain “informational value.”

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