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May 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – In a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) called on the Education Department to abandon its plan to divert emergency education funding, which was intended to provide COVID-19 relief for public schools, toward private school vouchers. The letter comes after the Department announced its intention to use a vast majority of the $300 million it received for discretionary grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to create a program that mirrors the Department’s longstanding, widely rejected proposal to create a federal school voucher program.
May 13, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement after House Democrats introduced a fifth legislative package—the Heroes Act—in response to the COVID-19 crisis. “As result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our students and schools are facing unprecedented educational and financial challenges, our workers are experiencing unemployment rates not seen since the Great Depression, and our public health care system is straining to meet the demand for testing and treatment of this deadly disease.
May 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) applauded the introduction of H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act, in the House of Representatives today. The Chairmen of the three Committees worked together to draft the health care provisions in the bill, which continue the House’s work of providing the necessary resources and support to respond to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
May 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democrats today introduced The Heroes Act, a bold and comprehensive coronavirus response bill that will meet the challenge this pandemic poses to our nation. The more than $3 trillion legislation protects the lives and livelihoods of the American people.
May 11, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently approved Virginia’s plan to begin implementing the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program, which provides emergency food assistance to students in low-income families in the event of prolonged school closures. The P-EBT program was created by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which was the second COVID-19 emergency legislative package enacted by Congress on March 18, 2020.
May 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11) introduced the End Pandemic Hunger for College Students Act to ensure low-income college students can access Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during school closures due to COVID-19. The bill comes as widespread campus closures are exacerbating the financial challenges facing students across the country.
May 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy lost 20.5 million jobs in April with the unemployment rate at 14.7 percent. “Today’s jobs report reflects the devastating economic reality facing students, workers, and families across the country. The share of workers facing unemployment has risen to heights not seen since the Great Depression.
May 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) issued the following statement after the Department of Education finalized a rule to revise standards for schools’ responsibility under the Title IX to respond to campus sexual assault and harassment. “It is alarming that instead of focusing on helping students, educators, and institutions cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department wasted valuable time finalizing a rule that will erode protections for students’ safety.
May 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) called on the Department to delay changes to distance education rules as students and schools adapt to virtual classrooms in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Democrats sent a letter to the Director of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in strong opposition to the agency’s recent guidance allowing new service, supply, and construction contracts related to coronavirus response to avoid federal affirmative action requirements. The letter was signed by Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Committee on Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (WA-09) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12).

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In The News

August 12, 2014 In The News
PORTSMOUTH – Having escaped Washington for a few weeks, Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott decided to catch up on some homework Tuesday — of the defense-related variety. The Newport News Democrat spent part of the afternoon touring W&O Premier, a defense contractor in Portsmouth that manufactures components for Navy ships, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers built and maintained at Newport News Shipbuilding, not far from where the congressman lives.
July 23, 2014 In The News
LIBERALS AND conservatives have learned from the drug war’s failures. More jail time may result in less crime, but the costs can be too high. Harsh punishments often catch street-corner dealers, not drug kingpins. The drug war’s foremost legacy is a skyrocketing prison population; the number of drug offenders in federal prisons has increased 21 times since 1980. Spurred by this alarming reality, the U.S. Sentencing Commission unanimously voted last week to give nearly 50,000 inmates the chance to reduce their drug sentences. This came after an April decision to lower sentencing guidelines, the advisory rules given to judges, by an average of one to two years for drug-related crimes.
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July 19, 2014 In The News
Coastal Virginians don’t need us to educate them about sea-level rise and recurrent flooding. They see with their own eyes how often severe flooding occurs in their region and they know that the number and intensity of these floods has increased when comparing past decades to today. That’s why they are coming together in a bipartisan, locally driven effort to work on this issue as a unified Hampton Roads community. And that’s why we, as bipartisan members of Virginia’s congressional delegation, are part of that effort. Like the constituents we represent, we have different views on many national issues. But we are Virginians first, and our constituents have the right to expect us to find common ground on issues of importance to Virginia.
July 18, 2014 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United States Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to apply a reduction in the sentencing guideline levels applicable to most federal drug inmates retroactively. Unless Congress disapproves the amendment, beginning November 1, 2014, eligible inmates can ask courts to reduce their sentences. Courts will review a number of individualized factors, including public safety, in consideration of whether to grant these reductions.
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July 8, 2014 In The News
RICHMOND – Hampton Roads' congressional leaders no more agree on how to respond to the surge of Central American children massing at the United States' southern border than they do on broader immigration reforms. U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, said he wants to see the details of the president's plan before offering his support, including where the $3.7 billion would come from. But like Kaine and Warner, Scott focused on the situations these children, as well as adults, are running from. He said there's "more push than pull" driving the exodus and called on Republican leaders in the House to bring the Senate's immigration reform package, which passed last year with bipartisan support, to the floor. If Republicans ignore pressure from the party's conservative Tea Party wing and work with Democrats, there are enough votes to pass the bill, Scott said.
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July 1, 2014 In The News
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Several members of Congress representing Virginia and Hampton Roads hosted a regional conference on Monday about the local threat from sea level rise, particularly in Norfolk. The conference was held at the Ted Constant Center at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01), Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02) and Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) organized the event, alongside mayors Paul Fraim of Norfolk, Will Sessoms of Virginia Beach, and Kenny Wright of Portsmouth.
July 1, 2014 In The News
In the United States today, we have a problem with our prisons. We incarcerate our people at nearly six times the rate of most other industrialized nations, and yet we have higher rates of crime. While our crime rate has dropped substantially over the past 20 years, crime and our high level of incarceration continue to have massive social and economic costs to our nation. According to the Pew Center on the States, state and federal spending on corrections has grown 400 percent over the past 20 years, from about $12 billion to about $60 billion. Corrections spending is currently among the fastest growing line items in state budgets, and 1 in 8 full-time state government employees works in corrections. Clearly we have a long way to go still, but there are methods we can use to make our communities safer while reducing incarceration, with its massive associated costs.
June 27, 2014 In The News
By Bill Bartel, The Virginian-Pilot Hampton Roads' congressional delegation, who all favor the VA overhaul, commented Thursday about the bill's status and the financing debate: U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, Newport News Democrat: Scott said the financing problem goes back to Congress's decision last year to keep intact the so-called Bush tax cuts, preventing the government from collecting $3.9 trillion in revenue over ten years. "My feeling is the veterans' health care would take priority over a $3.9 trillion tax cut," Scott said. "We have been going along for decades with many members finding no relationship with services provided and the budget."
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June 23, 2014 In The News

U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott said he's pleased Obama has flatly ruled out sending ground troops back into Iraq.

"I think there's just an overwhelming opposition to getting re-involved in a ground war in Iraq," Scott said, adding that the president should keep the option open to intervene in some other way if necessary.

June 21, 2014 In The News

Yes, it's another forum on sea level rise. But, this time, the organizer is a U.S. senator.

That could be a good sign for regional efforts to attract federal attention - and money - for solving what might be Hampton Roads' trickiest problem.

A combination of rising water and sinking land make the region one of the most vulnerable areas in the country to sea level rise.

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