Press Releases

February 25, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement to honor Public Schools Week. “Strong public schools are the foundation of success for young people across the country. But in many American communities, students, teachers, and parents continue to suffer the consequences of our failure to prioritize funding for public education. “On average, K-12 school facilities are nearly 45 years old and are being underfunded by $46 billion each year, with high-poverty and majority Black and Brown schools feeling the greatest strain.
February 24, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott issued the following statement on the passing of Katherine Johnson: “It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Katherine Johnson, a truly brilliant mathematician and pioneer. She broke down barriers as one of the few African-American women mathematicians working at the Flight Dynamics and Control Division at NASA Langley. Her work helped put the first Americans in space and send the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon, thereby helping the United States win the Space Race.
February 21, 2020 Press Release
Scott: Proposed rules “further a political and religious agenda requiring taxpayers to fund discriminatory practices…”
WASHINGTON, DC – Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) sent four letters to the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Education (ED), Labor (DOL), and Justice (DOJ) expressing strong opposition to the administration’s sweeping set of proposed rules that would allow religious discrimination against employees and students in federally funded programs and violate the religious liberty rights of individuals accessing federally sponsored social service programs.
February 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement after the White House released its Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) budget priorities. “President Trump’s budget proposal is another shocking demonstration of the administration’s willingness to break its promises to the American people.
February 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (NC-05) unveiled the Ban Surprise Billing Act, a bipartisan agreement to protect patients from devastating surprise bills. The Committee is scheduled to markup the legislation on Tuesday, February 11. “Patients across the country know the frustration, anxiety, and financial hardship that comes with a surprise medical bill,” said Chairman Scott. “
February 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. “Today, House Democrats advanced the most significant upgrade to U.S. labor law in 80 years. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is a bold proposal that makes necessary changes to protect and strengthen workers’ power in the workplace.
February 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to the State of the Union. “I am disappointed that President Trump’s State of the Union address failed to offer meaningful solutions to the critical issues facing students, workers, and families across the country.
February 3, 2020 Press Release
“The importance of this formula for hundreds of thousands of borrowers demands the Department be as transparent as possible and provide comprehensive data and methodology information to the public.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Representative Lori Trahan (MA-03) sent a letter to Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting documents and further information regarding the Department’s deeply flawed partial relief formula and the Department’s efforts to alter the formula.
January 31, 2020 Press Release
Request $5.4 million in funds to complete first phase of the Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Project in the Army Corps FY 2020 Work Plan
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Elaine Luria (D-VA), sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting $5.4 million in the Army Corps FY 2020 Work Plan for the Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Project. The funding will be used to complete the Preliminary Engineering and Design (PED) phase of the project. The first phase of the project was authorized in the 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which was supported by Sens. Warner and Kaine to develop mitigation solutions to reduce water surge risk in Norfolk. The project is eligible to be authorized for general construction in the 2020 WRDA.
January 27, 2020 Press Release
The Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement Act Would Support Ongoing Work at the Local, State and Federal Levels to Protect the Bay, Manage Fisheries, Restore Watershed Habitats and Create Environmental Education Opportunities
WASHINGTON, DC – Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) today introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement (SEEE) Act, a bipartisan bill that strengthens Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts by supporting ongoing work at the local, state and federal levels to boost Bay health, manage fisheries, restore habitats and award environmental education grants to better connect students to the Bay.
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