August 20, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to a letter from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue stating that the Department will not extend waivers that allowed states and schools to more seamlessly operate emergency summer meal programs. The waivers – which expire at the end of August – allow schools to locate food service sites in more accessible locations and serve all children, regardless of paperwork.
August 17, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Tuesday, August 18th, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will visit the Newport News Post Office at 101 25th Street and meet with Post Master Sharon Parker. This visit comes while the Trump Administration has ramped up their efforts to dismantle the current operation of the United States Postal Service (USPS). President Donald Trump has openly admitted to trying to keep resources from the USPS and undermining vote by mail initiatives to help his chances in the November election.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use its full authority to provide healthy meals to students for the duration of the school year. In the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Congress granted authority to the USDA to provide waivers that allow children to receive school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03) and A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) sent a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy demanding that he immediately rescind guidance that targeted the viability of USPS. The Virginia lawmakers were responding to documents presented to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that detailed extensive operational changes within USPS; including eliminating overtime and directing postal workers to leave mail on the floor of postal facilities. These operational changes have caused egregious mail delays in Hampton Roads.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services Chair Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting the agency examine the accessibility of federal resources for people with disabilities experiencing domestic violence. In the letter, the Members note that one in three adults, including those with disabilities, have experienced domestic violence, and individuals with disabilities are victims of sexual assault at rates more than seven times those for people without disabilities.
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to a report from the Department of Labor’s Inspector General that found the Department’s implementation of the paid leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act needlessly excluded too many workers. The report also finds the Department has not developed a clear plan to enforce paid leave protections. “The Department of Labor Inspector General’s report confirms that the Trump administration is using its discretion to prevent workers from accessing emergency paid leave during a global pandemic.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to the Department of Education Office of Inspector General (OIG) requesting an investigation into the Department’s role in the misconduct of Dream Center Education Holdings, a for-profit higher education company that actively defrauded students and taxpayers.
August 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the President Trump’s executive order that freezes federal student loan payments and interest until December 31, 2020. “President Trump’s executive order does nothing to address the crisis facing our education system. It does nothing to help state and local governments avoid deep cuts to public education, which could be as high as $300 billion over the next two years. It does nothing to help schools reopen safely. It does nothing to pull our child care system from the brink of collapse. And it does nothing to help colleges and universities keep their doors open and avoid widespread layoffs.
August 7, 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 1.8 million jobs in July with the unemployment rate at 10.2 percent. “Today’s jobs report clearly defines the stakes of the current negotiations over the next COVID-19 relief package. The American economy has lost 12.9 million jobs since February, and this is the 20th consecutive week in which more than 1 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims.
August 7, 2020 Press Release
“These proposals would move the nation backwards by reinstating a broken status quo that allows financial advisors to evade their fiduciary duties and denying retirement savers meaningful remedies when they have been harmed.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, in a letter to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) led 24 Democrats in opposing the Department’s retirement investment advice rules. These rules help financial advisors evade their responsibility to clients—leaving hardworking retirement savers at risk and without any meaningful remedies when they have been harmed.