Press Releases

March 13, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As communities across the country respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) has announced temporary changes to the operating procedures for his offices in Washington, D.C. and Newport News to ensure the safety of his staff and the public. “My staff and I remain ready and able to serve Virginia’s Third Congressional District, and we will continue to do so. To do so effectively during this public health emergency, my office will implement continuity of operations procedures, consistent with guidance from public health and safety officials, as well as directives from the House Sergeant at Arms and the Attending Physician of Congress.
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March 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chair Alma Adams (NC-12), Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41), and Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) introduced the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (H.R. 6220) to ensure workers have access to extended, job-protected leave to care for themselves and their families amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
March 12, 2020 Press Release
Legislation provides paid leave, establishes free testing, protects health workers, and provides important benefits to children and families
WASHINGTON, DC — House Democrats introduced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to bolster the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and address the severe impacts of the coronavirus on Americans’ personal safety and financial security. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, expected to be considered in the House on today, is sponsored by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) and co-sponsored by Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), and Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN).
March 11, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House unanimously passed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 (H.R. 4334), a bipartisan proposal that increases funding for vital programs that help aging Americans live independently and with dignity. The legislation – which passed the Senate last week – reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA), the primary legislation that covers social and nutrition services for older Americans and their caregivers.
March 11, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps. Bobby Scott (VA-3), Chair of the Education and Labor Committee and Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, introduced the Pandemic EBT Act to provide states the option to extend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (or “Pandemic EBT”) to households with children attending schools that are closed due to a public health emergency based on the coronavirus disease.
March 11, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Senate passed S.J.Res.56, the Senate version of House Democrats’ first use of the Congressional Review Act that reverses the Department of Education’s Borrower Defense rule, which would deny debt relief to students defrauded by predatory colleges. "Student borrowers who are defrauded by predatory colleges should have access to timely and meaningful debt relief.
March 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced guidance to weaken protections for health care workers and emergency responders caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. “I recognize that individual facilities may face shortages of certain types of personal protective equipment, including N95 respirators, but there is no evidence that surgical masks are adequate to prevent exposure of frontline health care workers to the virus that causes COVID19.
March 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor issued a final rule on Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). “Registered Apprenticeship programs have a proven record of providing workers in-demand skills and a pathway to the middle class. According to the Department of Labor, there is now a 94 percent placement rate for workers who complete a Registered Apprenticeship, with an average starting salary of $70,000 a year.
March 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27) were joined by 19 House Democrats in introducing legislation to protect the safety of health care workers caring for patients with the coronavirus. The COVID-19 Worker Protection Act of 2020 (H.R. 6139) would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard to ensure health care facilities implement comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plans to keep front line health care workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 9, 2020 Press Release
Letter to Secretary Azar comes as CDC signals intent to tell health care workers that surgical masks - rather than N95 masks - are sufficient to protect against COVID-19
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chair Alma Adams (NC-12) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar raising strong opposition to plans by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to weaken protections for health care workers and emergency responders caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

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