Press Releases 2014
November 25, 2014 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-3), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations on the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the Grand Jury’s decision not to issue an indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown: “The Grand Jury has spoken. While this is not the legal outcome of the state criminal proceedings desired by the Brown family and many in the Ferguson community, it is important to remember that a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice remains ongoing. There are also civil remedies still available to the Brown family.
November 24, 2014 Press Release
RICHMOND, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-3) issued the following statement on the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: “Secretary Hagel has devoted much of his life and career to serving our nation – first as a combat veteran in Vietnam then as a United States Senator and now as Secretary of Defense. I saw firsthand his unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform when he worked tirelessly with then Virginia Senator Jim Webb for passage of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. As Secretary Hagel moves on to the next chapter in his life, I wish him and his family well and I thank him for his service to our nation.”
November 20, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement on the President’s executive actions on immigration announced this evening: “The President’s executive actions are limited in scope and will bring millions of undocumented individuals out of the shadows. There is ample legal authority and precedent for the President’s actions. Many past presidents, including Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, have exercised this legal authority to act on immigration. As the President stated tonight, he is limited in what he can accomplish alone and it is incumbent on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
November 19, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement today on his election as the Ranking Democratic Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce for the 114th Congress: “I am honored to be elected by my colleagues to lead Democrats on the Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 114th Congress. When I was first elected to Congress, I was privileged to serve on this committee to promote educational opportunity for all children, economic justice for families and fairness and safety for America’s workers. During my tenure on this Committee, I have learned from some great leaders – from Chairman Bill Ford and Ranking Member Bill Clay to our retiring Ranking Member and former Chairman George Miller. This committee raised the minimum wage twice; protected child nutrition and head start programs from deep cuts; significantly reduced interest rates for federal student loans while securing the largest investment in higher education since the G.I. bill; and we proudly passed a law that makes quality and affordable health care for all a reality. We still have more work to do.
November 18, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott announced today that he will hold two health care town halls in Norfolk and Newport News next week. At both town halls, Congressman Scott will be joined by: Joanne Grossi, Regional Director at the Department of Health and Human Services; Ashley Richard, a Certified Navigator at ENROLL Virginia!; and Dr. Jennifer Lee, Deputy Secretary of Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources. The town halls will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act, the enrollment process, and other health care initiatives at the federal and state levels. Open Enrollment began on November 15, 2014 and will run until February 15, 2015.
November 14, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement on his opposition to H.R. 5682, the latest attempt by House Republicans to force an approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline: “Proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline argue that it will move our nation closer to energy independence by reducing our reliance on foreign oil, but they fail to recognize reality. Last year, the United States produced more oil domestically than was imported and gas prices are, and are expected to remain, near lows not seen in years. Even if this were not the case, much of the tar sands oil that would run through this new pipeline will not be sold in the United States but will instead pass through our nation for eventual sale on international markets.
November 10, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-3) officially announced that he will run for Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. If elected by his House Democratic colleagues, Congressman Scott would succeed his friend and retiring Ranking Member and former Chairman, Congressman George Miller of California. The Committee on Education and the Workforce has jurisdiction over America’s federal education and workforce programs, from early childhood learning through secondary and higher education and from job training through retirement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-3), Randy Forbes (VA-4), Rob Wittman (VA-1) and Scott Rigell (VA-2) issued the following joint statement on the announcement by the United States Navy that it intends to consolidate the headquarters of its Military Sealift Command from the Washington Navy Yard to Naval Station Norfolk by the end of Fiscal Year 2019: “This announcement from the Navy is welcome news for Hampton Roads. It is estimated that more than 400 civilian personnel and 52 active duty personnel will relocate to our region. This action is also an important strategic decision by the Navy.
October 30, 2014 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott will hold a health care town hall in Petersburg on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Congressman Scott will be joined by health care experts who will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act, the enrollment process, and other health care initiatives at the federal and state levels. Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2015 runs from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. Constituents will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share their concerns. This event is free and open to the public.
October 21, 2014 Press Release
Comprehensive grant-funded effort will support evidence-based violence prevention practices and build on community's current efforts
NORFOLK, VA - Today, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring, Congressman Bobby Scott, and Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim announced a $1 million cooperative effort between local, state, and federal partners to reduce gun and gang violence in the City of Norfolk. The effort will be supported by a $500,000 federal grant from the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program and $500,000 of asset forfeiture funds, meaning the funds to fight crime will come from criminals, not from taxpayers. The grant will bring together the Office of Attorney General, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Norfolk Police Department, and the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office to reduce gun and gang violence through strategic prosecutions and data-driven policing strategies, along with an extensive, community-based outreach, education, and prevention effort.