Press Releases

June 4, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 559,000 jobs in May with the unemployment rate at 5.8 percent. “Today’s job report shows that the Biden-Harris economic plan is working and, if fully implemented, will produce a strong, shared recovery that benefits all Americans. The American Rescue Plan provided immediate relief to students, workers, families, and businesses and delivered the resources necessary to defeat the pandemic. But today’s report also shows that we still have a long road ahead to make up for the millions of jobs lost over the past 16 months.
June 3, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the nomination of David Weil as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. “The Biden-Harris Administration’s nomination of Dr. David Weil signals that workers can expect the Department of Labor will have their backs at this critical moment in time. The intersection of a rapidly changing economy and a pandemic-fueled recession has left America’s underpaid and undervalued workers even more vulnerable to wage theft and other abuses. Perhaps no one is better prepared to address today’s challenges than Dr. Weil.
May 28, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the release of President Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposal. “The Biden-Harris FY 2022 budget is a blueprint for expanding opportunity and strengthening our economy. It proposes smart, significant investments in education, child care, health care, workforce training, and other key priorities that would improve the lives of Americans across the country.
May 26, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), House Committee on Education and Labor, Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.), Representative Donald McEachin (D-Va.), Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, legislation to protect students from dangerous seclusion and restraint discipline practices in school. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would make it illegal for any school receiving federal taxpayer money to seclude children and would ban dangerous restraint practices that restrict children’s breathing, such as prone or supine restraint.
May 26, 2021 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Dean of the Virginia Congressional Delegation, issued the following statement of former Senator John Warner: “It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of John Warner. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War before he served in the Senate, John dedicated his life to serving his country and the Commonwealth of Virginia. John served as the dean of Virginia’s congressional delegation for many years and set the tone for how Democrats and Republicans should work together for the betterment of all Virginians.
May 25, 2021 Press Release
The Chesapeake Bay SEEE Act Would Help Protect the Watershed, Improve Ecosystem Management and Increase Environmental Stewardship Opportunities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.), along with U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), reintroduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement (SEEE) Act, a bipartisan bill to restore the health of the Bay Watershed, strengthen fisheries management and expand environmental education programs for residents across the Watershed.
May 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Education announced its intention to begin revising a broad set of higher education policies that determine students’ access to debt forgiveness programs and strengthen accountability standards for institutions participating in federal student aid. “Quality higher education programs open doors of opportunity for millions of students and serve as a powerful engine for American prosperity. Unfortunately, the expansion of low-quality programs that fail to fulfill the promises of higher education leave students with a mountain of debt, while wasting billions in taxpayer money.
May 21, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after speaking with U.S. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta: “Hampton Roads is still shocked by recent events of police-involved violence in our community. That is why I had a conversation yesterday with Associate Attorney General Gupta regarding the investigation of the shooting of Donovon Lynch in Virginia Beach and the disturbing traffic stop of Army Second Lieutenant Caron Nazario. Associate Attorney General Gupta told me that officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ) are monitoring the Commonwealth’s actions and that they are aware of the publicly available discrepancies in the accounts of these events.
May 19, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) voted to pass the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act. “Today’s bipartisan vote makes it clear that we are committed to uncovering the truth and investigating the causes and dangerous ideology behind the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. This legislation creates a commission modeled after the 9-11 Commission and reflects a bipartisan agreement from Chairman Bennie Thompson and Ranking Member John Katko, the leaders of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
May 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement calling for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to do its job to protect workers from COVID-19. National Nurses United and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union released statements citing concerns with the impact of CDC’s new guidance on workers. “One clear lesson from the last 16 months is that the honor system does not protect workers from COVID-19 infections.