Press Releases 2014

December 31, 2014 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of former Virginia Congressman Herbert Harris II: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of former Congressman Herb Harris last week. Virginia has lost a dedicated public servant who helped transform Northern Virginia into one of the most important economic regions of our Commonwealth. His tenacious advocacy for civil rights, the poor, public transportation, our military, and our federal employees set a standard in our congressional delegation. My thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Harris’ family during this time of bereavement.”
December 22, 2014 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the murders of New York Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenijian Liu and Tarpon Springs, Florida Police Officer Charles Kondek: "Saturday, two members of the New York Police Department were targeted, shot at point blank range and murdered while eating lunch in their patrol car. Sunday, a member of the Tarpon Springs Police Department in Florida was shot, run over, and murdered while approaching a car that was the subject of a noise complaint. The senseless murders of these three men are reprehensible. These officers were targeted because of what they looked like -- law enforcement officers.
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December 20, 2014 Press Release
RICHMOND, VA – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) was recognized last night with the Richmond Chapter of the Continentals, Inc. "Champion for Children Award" at its annual Elegance in Black & White Gala. Chartered in 1976, the Richmond Chapter of the Continentals, Inc. is a public service organization dedicated to the welfare of underprivileged youth. The "Champion for Children Award" was established last year by the Richmond Chapter to recognize a person or organization that exemplifies the mission of the Continentals to help our society's children. "I am honored to be recognized by the Richmond Chapter of the Continentals, Inc. as a Champion for Children," said Rep. Scott. "Children in our community, particularly those in low income areas, are facing numerous challenges, such as food insecurity, unequal education, and the School to Prison Pipeline
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December 18, 2014 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 1447, the “Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013,” a bill introduced by Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott. The bill requires states and federal law enforcement agencies to report to the Department of Justice information about deaths of individuals in their custody.
December 17, 2014 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today upon the announcements of the release of American contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban prison where he was held for five years and the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba:
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December 11, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, the House of Representatives narrowly passed H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 or so-called “CROmnibus.” The legislation is comprised of 11 FY 2015 Appropriations bills and a Continuing Resolution maintaining the current rate of Homeland Security funding until February 27, 2015. Citing several provisions tucked into the bill at the last minute, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on his No vote on H.R. 83: "Representing an area that is largely dependent on Department of Defense and other federal spending, I appreciate how important fully funding our federal government for the entire fiscal year is to my constituents and to our nation. Regrettably due to several truly egregious provisions added late to this bill, I voted No.
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December 11, 2014 Press Release
Scott, Blumenthal Bill Headed To President’s Desk For Signature
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.) today applauded last night’s Senate passage of the Death in Custody Reporting Act, bipartisan legislation which requires states to report to the U.S. Department of Justice how many individuals die each year while in police custody or during the course of an arrest. The House of Representatives approved the Death in Custody Reporting Act by voice vote on December 12, 2013, and the bill now goes to the President for his signature.
December 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With increasing numbers of Americans falling victim to drug addiction and overdoses from heroin and opiates, U.S. Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.), David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) today introduced bipartisan legislation that could help turn the tide in the struggle against this epidemic. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2014 would provide a series of incentives and resources designed to encourage states and local communities to advance a continuum of proven strategies to combat addiction. Among other things, the bill would expand prevention and education efforts to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin and promote treatment and recovery.
December 9, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations on the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s redacted summary, released today, of its report on the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency: “The declassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report confirms that the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program had a policy of torture in contravention of federal law and international conventions. While the CIA suggests that such tactics were necessary to protect the nation from future terrorist attacks, the report indicates that the relationship between many counterterrorism successes cited by the CIA in support of the policy and the ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ was tenuous at best and non-existent at worst.
December 3, 2014 Press Release
Congressmen pen letter to Attorney General Holder raising questions on police training, monitoring, and controlling of SWAT officers and use of militarized equipment by local law enforcement & SWAT officers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder begin to act on recommendations of an Administration review of federal programs and funding that provide military equipment to local law enforcement agencies; and discussions begin on how communities and law enforcement can work together to build trust to strengthen neighborhoods across the country, Reps. John Conyers (MI-13), Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Hank Johnson (GA04) sent a letter to Attorney General Holder raising questions on the role the Department of Justice plays in the training, monitoring, and controlling SWAT officers and the use of militarized equipment by local law enforcement and SWAT officers. The Congressman are all members of the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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