Press Releases

January 27, 2020 Press Release
The Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement Act Would Support Ongoing Work at the Local, State and Federal Levels to Protect the Bay, Manage Fisheries, Restore Watershed Habitats and Create Environmental Education Opportunities
WASHINGTON, DC – Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) today introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement (SEEE) Act, a bipartisan bill that strengthens Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts by supporting ongoing work at the local, state and federal levels to boost Bay health, manage fisheries, restore habitats and award environmental education grants to better connect students to the Bay.
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January 24, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott issued the following statement on the death of Officer Katie Thyne of the Newport News Police Department: “I want to send my deepest condolences to the friends and family of Officer Thyne, as well as members of the Newport News Police Department who are dealing with the tragic loss of a colleague. We rely on the police to keep our communities safe, and they are placed in harm’s way every single day.
January 24, 2020 Press Release
Letter urges the Army National Guard to prioritize the new Richmond aviation facility, current facility no longer suits operational needs
WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) and the entire Virginia congressional delegation urged the U.S. Army National Guard to prioritize funding for a new aviation facility in Richmond, Va. as part of the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). With the current facility already impacting mission execution, the funding will help complete a much-needed facility to house the Virginia Army National Guard’s 28-aircraft fleet by the time its current lease with the Richmond Airport expires in 2032.
January 17, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule to reverse nutrition standards for school meals. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule threatens the progress we’ve made toward improving nutrition in schools. The nutrition standards developed under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act were specifically designed to align with evidence-based dietary guidelines.
January 17, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – NEXT WEEK, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will host an information session on tax credits. Many individuals and working families may not realize they qualify for the EITC and/or the Child Tax Credit. Both of these credits are refundable for those below certain income levels. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the EITC lifted about 5.6 million people out of poverty, including about 3 million children, in 2018.
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January 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement as the House voted to pass H.R. 1230, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. The bipartisan legislation would restore protections for older workers by ensuring they have the same legal protections against age discrimination as those that exist for discrimination based on race, sex, nationality, and religion. “It has now been more than a decade since the Supreme Court heightened the burden of proof for workers seeking to legally challenge age discrimination in the workplace.
January 13, 2020 Press Release
“The Department’s final joint employer rule is another setback for workers and another violation of the Trump Administration’s promise to stand with working people.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor issued a final rule to narrow its interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s joint employment standard. “The Fair Labor Standards Act’s broad joint employment standard has long ensured that workers can hold multiple employers accountable for violating workplace rights and protections where the employee establishes that they are economically dependent on a joint employer.
January 13, 2020 Press Release
~ Letter requests that Army Corps issue a New Start designation to ensure timely completion of the Norfolk Harbor widening and deepening project ~
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) led the entire Virginia congressional delegation in sending a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting a New Start designation for the Norfolk Harbor widening and deepening project in the Army Corps Work Plan. A New Start designation would allow the Norfolk Harbor project to advance to its next stage of construction and receive Army Corps funding. Currently, the project is progressing using a combination of state and local funds.
January 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 145,000 jobs in December with the unemployment rate at 3.5 percent. “Today’s jobs report shows that despite 111 straight months of private sector job growth, many workers are still not seeing the benefits of the growing economy.
January 9, 2020 Press Release
On the Department of Energy announcement passing over Jefferson Lab as the host site for an Electron-Ion Collider
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) released the following statement after the Department of Energy (DoE) announced that Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) was not selected as the national laboratory site to host the first Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) in the United States, a machine that’s key for the U.S. to maintain its leadership in nuclear physics: “We are disappointed by the Department of Energy’s announcement today that Jefferson Lab was not selected to house the proposed Electron Ion Collider.

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