Press Releases 2015

April 16, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) released the following statement today on the passage of the Every Child Achieves Act by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: “Today's unanimous passage of the Every Child Achieves Act by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions should serve as an example of bipartisanship for the House of Representatives to follow. While today represents another step in a long deliberative process to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a bill worthy of the President's signature will only be achieved when both Democrats and Republicans in both chambers are engaged in finding a bipartisan solution to the real challenges that students, families, teachers, and communities face across this country.
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April 7, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement today after Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray released details on their agreement on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act “I commend Senators Alexander and Murray for their efforts to bring forward a bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education reauthorization bill in the Senate. While we recognize this as an important step in the process, there is still work to do to ensure that the needs of our most vulnerable students are met. Students, teachers, parents, and communities deserve a bill that fulfills ESEA’s original civil rights promise – ensuring that all students, regardless of where they live – have access to high quality public education that prepares them for college and the workplace.
March 26, 2015 Press Release
Council of State Governments Justice Center Brief Shows Drop in Prison Populations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) applauded the release of a new Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center brief analyzing data from states that have employed a Justice Reinvestment approach. The brief, “Examining the Changing Racial Composition of Three States’ Prison Populations,” examined data from Georgia, Connecticut, and North Carolina and found subsequent drops in prison admissions and prison populations, which were especially pronounced among minority populations. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative provides federal grants to allow states to conduct comprehensive, data-driven analyses of their criminal justice systems and adopt smart, evidence-based policies designed to reduce corrections spending and increase public safety.
March 21, 2015 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott will join Celebrate Healthcare and other community leaders tomorrow at the Peninsula Soul Food Restaurant in Hampton, Virginia to celebrate the 5th anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law. Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, approximately 16.4 million uninsured individuals have received coverage since the law’s provisions took effect in 2010. As of the end of the second open enrollment period, nearly 11.7 million individuals have selected a Marketplace plan or were reenrolled in coverage for 2015. And since 2010, about 5.7 million young adults have gained coverage as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Scott will discuss these and the many other successes of the Affordable Care Act tomorrow in Hampton.
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March 19, 2015 Press Release
Bill aims to fight the ‘school to prison pipeline’ by promoting positive behavioral interventions over other overly harsh disciplinary actions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), and U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) were joined by original cosponsors U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) in introducing the Supportive School Climate Act of 2015, legislation that would address the so-called school-to-prison pipeline by reducing suspensions, expulsions, and other overly harsh school disciplinary actions to improve youth outcomes. The bill would give every student – especially those who face abuse, neglect, or other forms of trauma – ample opportunity to form positive and trusting relationships with adults in a school environment that is supportive of their complex needs, and would encourage the use of evidence-based strategies that promote positive behavior.
March 13, 2015 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement on the passing of former Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Meyera Oberndorf. She served the City of Virginia for the better part of three decades, including 20 years as its Mayor. During her tenure, she was an extremely effective advocate and unifying force for the city. I will greatly miss her friendship and her counsel on issues impacting the Hampton Roads region. My thoughts and prayers are with the Oberndorf family, the citizens of Virginia Beach, and her many longtime friends and supporters.”
March 12, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Navy will position newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) in Hampton Roads and maintain Little Creek as a deep-water port and retain four amphibious ships through 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Virginia Congressional delegation announced that the U.S. Navy will position its newest carrier, the Gerald Ford, at Naval Station Norfolk for the next several years given its unique capabilities and capacity. This will provide an additional aircraft carrier to the region until 2018 when the USS Lincoln returns to its home port. In addition the Navy has decided to reverse an earlier decision and will maintain Little Creek as a deep water amphibious port and homeport four amphibious ships at Little Creek through 2020. The delegation worked with the Navy to fund critical infrastructure upgrades for Little Creek, including a $30 million electrical grid upgrade in 2012.
March 10, 2015 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) announced the beginning of the 22nd Annual Third Congressional District High School Art Competition. The competition is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) residing in the Third Congressional District of Virginia. Entries are due Wednesday, April 22, 2015. An Artistic Discovery is a nationwide program coordinated by Members of the United States House of Representatives to recognize the artistic talents of our youth. The nationwide competition involves more than 50,000 talented high school students. In the past, over 200 Members of Congress have participated in the program.
March 7, 2015 Press Release
SELMA, AL – Today, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott joined President Obama, Congressman John Lewis, and other Members of Congress at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. On March 7, 1965, a group of brave civil rights marchers marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way to Montgomery to demand that African American citizens be given their constitutional right to vote. At the bridge, the marchers were attacked by Alabama State troopers, with billy clubs, cattle prods, and tear gas. Many of the marchers were injured, some of them severely.
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March 5, 2015 Press Release
Bill would add Non-Voting Federal Defender Rep to U.S. Sentencing Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) introduced H.R. 1251, the Federal Defender Ex-Officio Act in the House of Representatives. This bill would add a non-voting Federal Defender representative to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Currently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has two non-voting representatives, but the Federal Defenders lack even one, despite the sizable number of defendants in federal criminal proceedings represented by Federal Public Defender organizations.

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