Press Releases 2009
August 26, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott issued the following statement today on the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy:"Today our nation has lost one of its greatest public servants. Throughout his more than four decades in the United States Senate, Senator Kennedy was a champion for the American people. His legislative legacy includes the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Early Head Start Program, the State Children's Health
August 26, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott addressed the Virginia Retail Loss Prevention Conference in Norfolk, Virginia last Thursday, August 20, 2009 concerning his efforts to focus attention on the issue of Organized Retail Crime. "Organized Retail Crime is a growing problem that puts consumers at risk and costs retailers billions of dollars," said Scott. "Congress is examining this problem and considering ways to effectively deter its growth and to protect consumers from harm."
August 14, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA-03), Chairman the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on potential Guantanamo Detainee Trials in Newport News, Virginia:
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA-03), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the United States Senate's confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:
July 29, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC Today's significant House Judiciary Committee vote on H.R. 3245, the Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009, will address a twenty year injustice in federal sentencing law. The bill is sponsored by Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott and 32 other members. The bill equalizes the penalties for crack and powder cocaine at the current powder cocaine penalty level. Under current law, those convicted of possessing 5 grams of crack receive the same 5-year mandatory minimum sentence as those convicted of selling 500 grams of powder cocaine; this is referred to as the "100-1 disparity". H.R. 3245 eliminates the disparity.
July 15, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC Today, Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) and Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) received a commitment from Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Acting Chairman Ed Pastor (D-AZ-04) to help restore full funding to the Thomas Jefferson Labs 12 GeV continuous electron beam facility upgrade in Newport News, Virginia. As reported by the House Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, would reduce funding to the Jefferson Lab project $10 million below the Obama Administrations request for Fiscal Year 2010.
June 26, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 by a vote of 219 to 212 (Roll Call No. 477). Voting in favor of the legislation, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA-03) issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC In reaction to the U.S. Supreme Courts decision this morning regarding Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement:
June 17, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) introduced President Obamas statutory "pay-as-you-go" legislation in the House today,H.R. 2920. He was joined at a press conference by OMB Director Peter Orszag, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (CA-07), House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (SC-05), Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09), Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Allen Boyd (FL-02), andRep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) to discuss the importance of passing this legislation.
June 12, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate amendment to H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act by a vote of 307 to 97 (Roll Call No. 335). The bill was passed first in the House on April, 2, 2009, was subsequently passed in the Senate, and will now go to President Obama to be signed into law.