October 1, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a district judge in Boston upheld Harvard's admissions process in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard Corporation. “The District Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard Corporation affirms the constitutionality of admissions policies that recognize that there is a compelling interest in advancing a diverse student body. There is extensive research that diverse campuses expand access to a quality, well-rounded education. “The statistical analysis highlighted in this case reveals an important fact about current admissions policies. Race and ethnicity are among the many criteria that institutions of higher education evaluate in their quest to ensure a diverse learning environment. It is curious that this lawsuit seeks to cast aside these criteria without giving similar scrutiny to the role of legacy admissions and familial connections.
September 27, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that it is vacating the June 27, 2017, proposed rule to roll back protections for construction and maritime workers from exposure to beryllium. That proposal would have eliminated ancillary protections that had been included in OSHA’s final beryllium standards issued on January 9, 2017. The compliance date for the ancillary provision will now be extended from March 2018 to September 2020. “I am relieved that OSHA has finally reversed course on its plan to eliminate essential health and safety protections for maritime and construction workers exposed to beryllium.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed S.J. Res. 54 to overturn the national emergency declaration President Donald Trump is using to divert military construction funds to build his wall at the southern border: “Earlier this year, President Trump tried to circumvent Congress and raid funds from critical military construction projects to build his unpopular and ineffective wall at the southern border.
September 24, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement: “Since the start of the 116th Congress, I have been honored to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. Committee Democrats have been working to expand access to the building blocks of a strong middle class – a quality education, a rewarding job, and affordable health care. The House has passed the Raise the Wage Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Butch Lewis Act. The Committee has also approved the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, the Dignity in Aging Act and other critical legislation awaiting a vote by the full House. We are currently working on updating the Higher Education Act to make college more affordable and legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs. That is the work that many of us came to Congress to do.
September 24, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor published a final rule to raise the overtime salary threshold to $35,568 from $23,660. Under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), hourly workers and salaried workers who earn below a salary threshold set by the Department of Labor are automatically eligible for overtime pay of one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for any hours worked over 40 in a workweek. “American workers have not seen a meaningful update to the overtime rule for nearly four decades. As a result, millions of salaried workers are putting in 50- and 60-hour weeks while still being paid for just 40 hours of work.
September 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Representative Susie Lee (NV-03), along with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), introduced legislation to invest in and support direct care workers. The Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act (H.R. 4397) invests in training and employment advancement opportunities for America’s direct care workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than a million direct care workers will be needed by 2024.
September 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House voted to pass the FUTURE Act, a bipartisan proposal to preserve funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges or Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The legislation extends funding for these institutions that was set to expire on September 30, 2019. “The funding that supports Minority-Serving Institutions is the only program authorized in the Higher Education Act that expires if it is not reauthorized this year."
September 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 130,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent. “Despite a consistently low unemployment rate, today’s jobs report adds to extensive evidence showing that millions of Americans are suffering from inadequate wage growth in an economy that is simply not working for everyone. Moreover, President Trump’s needless trade war with China has actually hurt the American manufacturing sector and done nothing to raise workers’ wages.
September 5, 2019 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the retirement of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05). “I join in the chorus of those thanking Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner for 40 years of public service in the House of Representatives. I had the pleasure of serving on the Judiciary Committee with him and we have worked together on many issues over the years.
September 5, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the retirement of Chair Susan Davis (CA-53), Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment. “Throughout her nearly two decades representing California’s 53rd Congressional District, Congresswoman Susan Davis has been an effective and tireless advocate for her constituents. Through her leadership on this committee, she has championed efforts to strengthen registered apprenticeship programs, make college more affordable and accessible for all, and combat campus sexual assault.