Nearly 85 percent of U.S. prisoners either have a prior or present substance use disorder or committed a crime related to substance use
WASHINGTON, DC – Within the first two weeks of re-entry, individuals released from correctional facilities are 129 times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than the general population. To help ensure that individuals can access the care they need, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) reintroduced the Supporting Positive Outcomes After Release Act. This legislation would prohibit states from terminating an inmate’s Medicaid coverage while they are incarcerated, a practice that often prevents individuals from accessing treatment in the critical days and weeks after release. Instead, states would be required to suspend Medicaid coverage, ensuring access to health care services more quickly upon release. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia routinely terminate coverage for a Medicaid patient upon incarceration or detention. The result of termination is that upon discharge, individuals need to reapply for Medicaid in order to access health care services – a process that may take up to 45 to 90 days.
July 24, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Top House Democrats filed an amicus brief in federal court this week opposing the Trump administration’s unlawful expansion of association health plans (AHPs), which purposefully circumvents key consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit, which is hearing the administration’s appeal of a district court ruling that the administration’s attempt to expand is unlawful. In the brief, the Democratic leaders argue that the Trump administration’s effort to expand AHPs is antithetical to the text, structure, and history of the Affordable Care Act and undermines congressional intent.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairwoman Alma Adams (NC-12), introduced the Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund Solvency Act of 2019 (H.R. 3876). This legislation would extend the black lung excise tax, which expired at the end of last year, to fund future benefits and health care for miners suffering from black lung disease. Without revenue from the tax, the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund is at-risk of becoming insolvent at a time when the number of black lung cases is rapidly increasing. A May 2018 GAO report found that failure to extend the tax rate will increase the Fund’s debt from approximately $5 billion to $15 billion by 2050.
July 23, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Following the announcement of a proposed rule this morning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would eliminate broad-based categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the Chairmen of the House Committees on Education and Labor, Ways and Means, and Agriculture issued statements on the potential of the rule to keep millions of Americans from the temporary food assistance they need. “Despite clear evidence that nutrition is critical to a child’s health and development, the administration’s proposed rule would jeopardize access to free school meals for more than 500,000 low-income children.”
July 23, 2019 Press Release
“…The actions of Dream Center and the Department of Education’s execution of its responsibility to protect students raise grave concerns.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing deep concern over the Department’s role in the abrupt closure of Dream Center Education Holdings—a recently defunct, for-profit higher education company. The letter details newly obtained documents suggesting that the Department of Education enabled Dream Center to mislead students regarding the accreditation status of two Dream Center-owned schools. The documents also reveal that despite knowledge of Dream Center’s false claims of accreditation, the Department did not immediately require the for-profit company to take corrective action. Instead, the Department supported efforts to retroactively accredit the institutions in question by rewriting Department policy.
July 18, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which gradually raises the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. “Today, House Democrats took a major step toward raising wages for up to 33 million American workers. After more than 10 years with no increase in the federal minimum wage – the longest stretch in history – the minimum wage is now a poverty wage everywhere in America.
July 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, including two amendments offered by Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03). “This NDAA provides funding for a strong, smart national defense strategy, including an important bipartisan amendment to prohibit federal funds from being used for any military force against Iran without congressional authorization."
July 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned. “Given the serious questions about his handling of the Epstein case and his failure to take responsibility for his conduct, Mr. Acosta was no longer entitled to public confidence. Accordingly, he made the appropriate decision to step down. However, Mr. Acosta’s resignation does not absolve the Justice Department of its obligation to release a full review of the Epstein case, which I requested along with other Members more than six months ago.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, released the following statement after the Ways and Means Committee advanced H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (Butch Lewis Act). “The multiemployer pension system faces an urgent crisis that is threatening the retirement security of over one million Americans. If Congress fails to act, retirees will see catastrophic reductions in their hard-earned pensions.
July 9, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on this afternoon’s oral arguments in the Texas v. United States case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. “Today, Republican attorneys general and the Trump administration are once again asking a court to strip access to affordable health care for millions of Americans.