Press Releases

February 8, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the Education and Labor Committee’s portion of the FY21 budget reconciliation bill, which enacts President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Under the FY21 budget resolution passed by the House and Senate last week, the Committee was instructed to propose more than $300 billion in relief for students, educators, workers, and families. “More than a year after the COVID-19 case was confirmed in the U.S., we are still losing thousands of people each day to the virus, millions of workers remain unemployed, students are falling further behind, and an unprecedented number of families are struggling to put food on the table.
February 8, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC –Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the effect of gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. “The CBO’s report strengthens the case for gradually raising the minimum wage through the COVID-19 rescue package. This nonpartisan report shows that increasing the minimum wage will act as a direct and targeted stimulus for struggling workers and their families. At a time when many of our essential workers are still not being paid enough to provide for themselves and their families, we must do everything in our power give these workers a long overdue raise.
February 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House passed the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021, which invests $3.5 billion in our apprenticeship system, ensures consistency and quality across apprenticeships, and expands opportunities for diverse workers in emerging sectors. “Registered Apprenticeships are this nation’s most successful federally funded workforce development initiative. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans count on Registered Apprenticeships to access paid, on-the-job learning opportunities and career pathways.
February 5, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 49,000 jobs in January with the unemployment rate at 6.3 percent. “Today’s jobs report is further evidence that Congress must take immediate action to defeat the pandemic and provide substantial relief to the American people. After showing early signs of recovery, the economy is once again sputtering as the virus continues to claim the lives and livelihoods of people across the country.
February 4, 2021 Press Release
Legislation addresses growing income inequality by protecting workers’ right to join a union and negotiate for higher wages and better benefits
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House and Senate Democrats introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, comprehensive labor legislation to protect workers’ right to stand together and bargain for fairer wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces. The House bill was introduced by House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-02). The Senate bill was introduced by Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
February 2, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17) led House Democrats in introducing the Strength in Diversity Act, a bold proposal to help fulfill the promise of equity in education by supporting schools districts that are developing, implementing, or expanding voluntary school diversity initiatives. “Last year the House of Representatives made history by passing the first new investment in school integration in three decades,” Chairman Scott said.
February 2, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY-10) led House Democrats in introducing the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA), legislation to restore the right of students and parents to hold schools accountable for discrimination. The legislation, which passed the House last year, allows students and parents to once again bring disparate impact claims against schools and other federally funded programs.
January 28, 2021 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Tonight, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) held a virtual webinar on the relief options available to small businesses through legislation enacted by Congress to address the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of last year, Congress passed another COVID-19 relief package which included a number of provisions to provide additional relief for small businesses. To help answer participants questions, Congressman Scott was joined by officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.
January 28, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), incoming Senate HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced legislation to invest $15 billion in our nation’s workforce training system, which will help support millions of workers who have lost their jobs or are under-employed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Relaunching America’s Workforce Act authorizes funding to provide essential career services and help workers attain additional skills and credentials as the economy emerges from its deepest decline since the Great Depression.
January 28, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) joined Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-03), and Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI-at Large) to introduce a package of education bills to reopen and rebuild our schools, save educators' jobs, and help students recover lost time in the classroom. The Rebuild and Reopen America’s Schools Act, introduced with Congressman Norcross, the Save Education Jobs Act introduced with Congresswoman Hayes, and the Learning Recovery Act, introduced with Congresswoman Leger Fernandez and Congressman Sablan, are part of the Committee’s response to the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, educators, and parents.

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