Press Releases

October 1, 2020 Press Release
The America's Conservation Enhancement Act Would Make Record Investments in the Chesapeake Bay and Establish Several Programs to Boost the Health of the Watershed
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Andy Harris, M.D. (R-Md.) today led the U.S. House of Representatives in passing the America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a bill that includes several provisions to help boost conservation and cleanup efforts across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
September 26, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court: “In 2016, Senate Republicans made a sanctimonious production out of not filling Supreme Court vacancies in an election year when there were over ten months remaining in President Obama’s second term. As people are already voting, Senate Republicans are violating their own established principle without any concern for hypocrisy or fundamental fairness.
September 25, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Monday, September 28th, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, will visit a school meal distribution site for Hampton City Schools. This visit comes after House Democrats negotiated a government funding bill that extended and expanded the Pandemic EBT program, which prevented at least 2.7 million children from going hungry in the first week after it was implemented last spring.
September 23, 2020 Press Release
“Racist policies and practices are ingrained in our institutions both in name and in effect… and the Department must lead our educational system’s reckoning with this fact.”
WASHINGTON, DC – In a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) called on the Department to reinstate critical Obama-era school discipline guidance, which was established in response to the disproportionate impact of school discipline practices on students of color and students with disabilities. In the letter, Chairman Scott notes that the Department’s decision to rescind the discipline guidance failed to rely on facts or data.
September 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the final text of the Continuing Resolution, which extended and expanded key child nutrition measures. “The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered several parallel crises for communities and industries across this country, but few are as urgent as the current child hunger crisis. Despite the two substantial COVID-19 relief packages that Congress passed in the early weeks of the pandemic, as many as 17 million children went hungry this summer.
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.
September 17, 2020 Press Release
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.”
September 16, 2020 Press Release
“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.
September 8, 2020 Press Release
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).

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