Press Releases 2020
September 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Labor released its proposed rule on the classification of workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). "The pervasive trend of employers misclassifying their employees as independent contractors has had severe consequences for workers and our economy. It strips workers of basic wage and hour protections, leaves law-abiding businesses at a competitive disadvantage, and robs state and local government of billions in lost revenues.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statements on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 2020 report on the subminimum wage and its impact on people with disabilities. In the report, the Commission recommends Congress “repeal Section 14(c) with a planned phase-out period to allow transition among service providers and people with disabilities to alternative service models prioritizing competitive integrated employment.”
“The elimination of Healthcare.gov access would be catastrophic for thousands of consumers who access Marketplace and Medicaid coverage through the site each year.” According to one estimate, the waiver proposal would cause 35,000 to 90,000 people to lose coverage in the first year.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today wrote to key Trump administration officials urging them to reject Georgia’s Section 1332 waiver request to eliminate Healthcare.gov without replacing it with a State-based Marketplace (SBM), functionally eliminating the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace in the southern state entirely.
September 15, 2020 Press Release
After more than a year of obstruction, Chairman Scott says, “the Committee is left to conclude that the NLRB’s sole motivation for refusing to produce requested documents is to cover up misconduct.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) subpoenaed the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman John Ring for internal ethics memos and other documents that could reveal Trump-appointed Board Members participated in major NLRB actions despite being instructed to recuse themselves due to conflicts of interest. The subpoena comes in response to the NLRB’s refusal to provide relevant documents after nearly 18 months of lawful oversight requests.
In their letter to Scalia: “At a time when leadership is needed to unite the country and provide economic opportunities for individuals underrepresented in apprenticeship programs, including women and people of color, the Department should take the important step of continuing the Equity in Apprenticeship intermediary contracts.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Education and Labor Committee, and Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia in support of the renewal of the Department’s Equity in Apprenticeship contracts for equity intermediaries, the National Urban League (NUL) and the Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT).
September 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 1.4 million jobs in August with the unemployment rate at 8.4 percent. “As we approach Labor Day, the August jobs report shows that while the economy is slowly recovering, the pandemic is continuing to devastate workers, families, and communities. The absence of federal leadership has allowed this public health emergency to balloon into an economic crisis of historic proportions.
September 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, and Bobby Scott (VA-3), Chair of the Education and Labor Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting immediate action to correct the Department’s recent Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program guidelines. The Members expressed concern the Department’s guidance is misleading and includes requirements that will result in limited access to the program.
September 3, 2020 Press Release
More than 100 Days Have Passed Since House Democrats Passed Support for Local Schools in the Heroes Act, But Mitch McConnell and Senate Refuse to Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL) hosted a press call for regional reporters today demanding the Senate act to support local schools and provide the resources they need to keep students safe and protect against potentially devastating cuts to state education budgets. The House passed funding to support local schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic more than 100 days ago. But the Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to act.
Roundtable marks 100 days since House Democrats passed the Heroes Act
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Tomorrow, September 2nd, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, will host a virtual roundtable with parents, teachers, students, school support staff, health experts, and school officials to discuss the need for federal funding to help schools reopen safely and maintain services for students. The roundtable comes more than 100 days since the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act to provide schools the resources they need to cope with this crisis.
September 1, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement following a pair of reports produced that found private schools received billions of dollars through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act. A report by Covid Stimulus Watch found that private schools received as much as $4.5 billion under PPP, and a separate report by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget projected that roughly $6 billion went to private and charter schools.