Scott Receives AAPD Economic Power Award
WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier this week, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) awarded Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, the Economic Power Award.
“I am honored to accept this year’s AAPD’s Economic Power Award,” said Congressman Scott. “Ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal opportunity, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency has been my focus for many years. It is a goal we can only achieve together, and I feel immensely fortunate to work with dedicated advocates and leaders across the country, such as the AAPD, who advocate for the full civil rights of Americans with disabilities. As a united force, we all have the opportunity to ensure that achieving inclusive communities is not merely aspirational, but something that we can accomplish if we work together. We cannot underestimate the critical importance of access to a quality education, a good-paying job, and affordable health care for all people.”
AAPD chose Congressman Scott for the Economic Power Award for his work on the Committee on Education and Labor. Under Congressman Scott’s leadership, the Committee has approved and advanced the Raise the Wage Act which would gradually increase the national minimum wage to $15 by 2024, and addresses not only fair wages, but fundamental civil rights: protections for workers with disabilities through the elimination of the 14(c) subminimum wage. Congressman Scott has also introduced the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, which provides states and employers across the country with resources to work with the disability community towards creating fully integrated and competitive employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Congressman Scott has been working to secure full rights for those with disabilities since he was in the Senate of Virginia. As a Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor, he was a leader in the enactment of the Virginians with Disabilities Act, which passed several years before the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act.