Press Releases 2017
April 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to expand off-shore drilling: “Nearly seven years to the day after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, I was disappointed to see President Trump sign an Executive Order to review the 2017-2022 Five Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program, protections put in place for sensitive offshore areas, and regulations put in place to ensure that disasters similar to Deepwater Horizon never take place.
April 27, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of Madam Annie B. Daniels: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my longtime friend and supporter Madam Annie B. Daniels. A treasured citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Madam Daniels will be remembered for her entrepreneurial work and civic engagement. “Madam Daniels was perhaps most famous for her work as a beloved hair stylist and founder of the Madam Daniels School of Beauty and Culture, a fixture of the southeast community in Newport News. But outside of her success as a local entrepreneur, she was an important advocate for civil rights and social justice in Virginia, and had been recognized by the City of Newport News, the NAACP, Hampton University, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, and the Virginia General Assembly.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Tuesday April 25, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will meet with the Elizabeth River Project to discuss the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program and other federal programs designed to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and encourage environmental literacy. Congressman Scott will take a river tour to see federally funded restoration efforts on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, including an oyster reef, NOAA funded Learning Barge field trips, and Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development funded projects of the Harbor Park and Chesterfield shorelines. Programs that fund these projects have been targeted for significant cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. If enacted, these cuts will jeopardize the work that has already been done to restore the Elizabeth River and other Chesapeake Bay tributaries.
April 14, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Monday, April 17, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will meet with representatives of Housing Authorities in Hampton Roads to discuss funding cuts for federal housing programs proposed in President Trump's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposed. Following the meeting, Congressman Scott will tour Marshall Courts, a 349 unit Public Housing Complex. The complex is currently undergoing a multi-phased comprehensive renovation that is subject to massive cuts under President Trump’s proposed budget. A decrease in funding will significantly delay completing the renovation and will make it difficult to address other aging public housing complexes in the area.
April 13, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will hold a town hall in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for constituents to learn more about President Trump’s proposed budget and its impact on Hampton Roads and Virginia, ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and other recent legislative actions in Congress.
April 10, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, April 10, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will hold a Roundtable with Millennials in Newport News at 5:00 p.m. The roundtable will discuss issues impacting millennials, including financing a higher education, managing student loan debt, finding employment after graduating college, and accessing affordable health care. Livestream of the roundtable will be available on Congressman Scott’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RepBobbyScott
April 7, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on last night’s U.S. missile strikes in response to the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians: “I am deeply disturbed by the Assad regime’s continued use of chemical weapons against innocent Syrian civilians. This and the many other crimes against humanity committed by the Assad regime must be addressed by the entire international community. “The missile strikes launched by President Trump last night appear to be a proportional and justified response to these latest atrocities.
April 6, 2017 Press Release
Bill Would Cut Taxes for Seniors, Increase Benefits, and Strengthen Program Solvency
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) joined Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), the Ranking Member of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security, in introducing the Social Security 2100 Act. The legislation would increase the payroll tax on those with higher incomes, cut taxes for Social Security recipients, provide a benefit increase for current and future beneficiaries, while strengthening Social Security’s solvency for future generations. “I am proud to be a cosponsor of the Social Security 2100 Act,” said Rep. Scott. “Social Security and Medicare make up the foundation of American retirement security. Americans have paid into the system for decades and, during that time, these programs have promised Americans the chance to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work.
April 5, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) announced the beginning of the 24th 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 by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. 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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and David Joyce (R-OH) led a bipartisan letter urging President Trump not to eliminate investments in iconic bodies of water. The letter, signed by 31 other Members of Congress, urged the President to reconsider his budget proposal that would completely eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s Geographic Programs that provide cleanup funding for the Puget Sound, the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and other major bodies of water. The members wrote in the letter sent yesterday: “Collectively, the EPA’s Geographic Program funds have been used by state, local, and tribal governments to implement thousands of on-the-ground projects to improve water quality, protect and restore native habitats, enhance fish and shellfish populations, and combat invasive species. Although every region has shown significant improvement as the result of these investments, there is still a great deal of work to do.”