Press Releases

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.
September 1, 2020 Press Release
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.
August 31, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s decision to extend waivers allowing states and schools the flexibility to more easily operate emergency summer meal programs until December 31, 2020. The announcement came days after USDA told Congress that it did not have the authority or money to extend the waivers. “After a summer in which as many as 17 million children went hungry, the federal government should be doing everything in its power to address our nation’s child hunger crisis.
August 26, 2020 Press Release
After USDA’s refusal to take action, key lawmakers call on the Department to reverse its decision and extend all flexibilities to provide school meals during the school year
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and Labor, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reverse its decision and take action to provide healthy meals to students for the duration of the school year. “The Department’s refusal to extend all school meal waivers is inconsistent and baffling during this national crisis, especially considering that as many as 17 million children did not get enough to eat this summer and there are no signs of the situation improving once the summer is over
August 24, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) expressed strong opposition to the Department’s newest plan to misuse CARES Act emergency education funding in way that violates the intent of the law. Specifically, Chairman Scott criticized the Department’s plan to divert funds meant for local educational agencies and institutions of higher education to support the Trump administration’s political agenda, including funding the ill-conceived industry-recognized apprenticeship program (IRAP), at a time when schools across the country are desperately seeking funding to cope with COVID-19.
August 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act: “Families, veterans, seniors, small businesses, and nonprofits across the country rely on the United States Postal Service (USPS) to receive medication, essential goods, learning materials, and more. However, the Trump Administration has implemented operational changes that have caused egregious mail delays all over the nation.
August 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after a federal court blocked an interim final rule issued by the Department of Education that redirects COVID-19 relief funding from high-poverty public schools toward services for students in private schools, regardless of their wealth. “Last night, a federal judge affirmed the position of many Democrats and Republicans in finding that the Education Department is violating both the letter and spirit of the CARES Act in its handling of emergency education funding.

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