Press Releases 2017
July 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans to vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement: “After multiple unsuccessful attempts at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans are promising to dismantle the progress of the last seven years by repealing the ACA—with no alternative. When Republicans say ‘repeal and replace,’ the only thing you can be sure of is the repeal part. As I said earlier this year, if they had a viable replacement, the American people would have seen it sometime in the past seven years.
July 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Senate released their latest version of Trumpcare. “Over the past few weeks, Senate Republicans have continued to scramble to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Trumpcare. During this time, they have done nothing to fix the underlying damage that Trumpcare will cause – the erosion of protections for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions and a crippling age tax on seniors. While a Congressional Budget Office assessment is necessary to determine the full impact of the legislation, the new version only tinkers around the edges and does nothing to actually improve health coverage and affordability for American families.
July 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the support of leaders from the civil rights, social justice and faith communities, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04) and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, today reintroduced legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption from laws guaranteeing fundamental civil and legal rights. It comes in response to continued efforts across the country to cite religious belief as grounds to undermine Civil Rights Act protections, limit access to healthcare, and refuse service to minority populations.
July 7, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added a total of 222,000 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate at 4.3 percent. “Today’s jobs report is encouraging and shows that the economic gains that were made in the aftermath of the Great Recession remain strong. While President Trump complained about similar economic data during last year’s campaign, I am pleased that he has now accepted that the efforts of his predecessor were successful. “With that said, I am concerned that Congressional Republicans continue to push an agenda that will undermine the gains made since the 2008 recession. Just last week, for example, the Majority advanced three anti-union bills that would sabotage workers’ ability to organize and collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions.
June 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will hold a health care town hall in Suffolk, Virginia on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The town hall will provide an overview of the Congressional Budget Office announcement that 22 million more Americans would lose their insurance under the Senate Republican health care bill. This will be an opportunity to learn how the Republican leadership’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will affect Virginians and their families.
June 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office released an initial analysis of the Senate’s version of Trumpcare. “Analysis from the Congressional Budget Office again confirms that the Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be devastating for millions of Americans. The Senate Republicans’ changes to Trumpcare makes a markedly bad bill no better. Instead of 23 million Americans losing their insurance, as projected in the House-passed bill, 22 million Americans will lose their insurance under the Senate version.
June 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review President Trump’s travel ban and to allow parts of the executive order to be enforced until the Court makes a final ruling: “I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has allowed parts of President Trump’s travel ban to move forward until they issue a final decision. While I am pleased that the Court preserved the ability of travelers from the countries listed in the travel ban to enter the United States if they have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States, I remain concerned that the President and his administration will continue to unnecessarily delay the resettlement of refugees fleeing violence.
June 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, June 15, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) received the 2017 Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger Leadership Award from the Congressional Hunger Center during their annual awards ceremony. The organization works to advance the issues of domestic and global hunger for U.S. policymakers. “I am honored to receive the 2017 Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger Leadership Award from the Congressional Hunger Center,” said Rep. Scott. “Although we have made great strides toward addressing hunger both here at home and abroad, our work is not yet done. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, it is estimated that over 790 million people worldwide, are suffering from chronic hunger.
June 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) received the National Visibility Award from the Secular Coalition of America in recognition of his leadership in protecting the First Amendment, religious liberty, and separation of church and state. “I am honored to receive the National Visibility Award from the Secular Coalition of America,” said Rep. Scott. “As a defender of the Constitution’s First Amendment and an Episcopalian, I can attest to the power of working with people of many faiths and secularists who understand how reason, critical thinking, and empathy has helped our nation face its adversities and achieve great things.
June 14, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the shooting at a congressional baseball practice earlier this morning. Congressman Scott was not at the practice. “I was shocked and saddened to learn of this morning’s shooting at a Congressional baseball practice. My thoughts and prayers are with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, my colleagues, their staff, their families, and the United States Capitol Police Officers who responded heroically to stop the shooter. I will continue to monitor developments of this horrific incident closely.”