May 2, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a remarkable woman who has dedicated the last 40 years of her life to serving the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia--my friend, closest adviser, and chief of staff, Joni Ivey. Joni was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. She grew up in Newsome Park and was one of seven children of Willie and Carnetta Ivey. She graduated from Carver High School in 1971, the last graduating class of the segregated high school that was closed when local schools were racially integrated. Joni went on to attend Christopher Newport University and graduated from Norfolk State University.
May 1, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 1242, the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, which was introduced earlier this year by Senators Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Roy Blunt, and Cory Booker. I was proud to introduce the House version, which has the support of Representatives TAYLOR, RICHMOND, WITTMAN, BEYER, MCEACHIN, LEWIS, COMSTOCK, CONNOLLY, GRIFFITH, GOODLATTE, and many others. I would like to thank Chairman Chaffetz, Ranking Member Cummings, Mr. Comer, and Mr. Connolly for their assistance in bringing the bill to the floor today. This bill would establish a commission to begin the planning of programs and activities across our Nation to recognize the contributions of African Americans since their first arrival as African slaves in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619, almost 400 years ago.
April 28, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call attention and recognize the Eastern Star Lodge No. 13 in Hampton, Virginia. Eastern Star Lodge No. 13 is celebrating its 150th Anniversary tomorrow and has worked in continuous and faithful service to the Commonwealth of Virginia over this time. Prince Hall Masonic lodges have a long history in the Commonwealth, tracing their history to 1775 when Prince Hall and fourteen other free blacks joined a British army lodge of Masons stationed in Boston, Massachusetts and, following their departure, formed their own lodge: African American Lodge No. 1. Prince Hall became the lodge's first Grand Master.
April 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to expand off-shore drilling: “Nearly seven years to the day after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, I was disappointed to see President Trump sign an Executive Order to review the 2017-2022 Five Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program, protections put in place for sensitive offshore areas, and regulations put in place to ensure that disasters similar to Deepwater Horizon never take place.
April 27, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of Madam Annie B. Daniels: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my longtime friend and supporter Madam Annie B. Daniels. A treasured citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Madam Daniels will be remembered for her entrepreneurial work and civic engagement. “Madam Daniels was perhaps most famous for her work as a beloved hair stylist and founder of the Madam Daniels School of Beauty and Culture, a fixture of the southeast community in Newport News. But outside of her success as a local entrepreneur, she was an important advocate for civil rights and social justice in Virginia, and had been recognized by the City of Newport News, the NAACP, Hampton University, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, and the Virginia General Assembly.
April 25, 2017 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor ``The First Lady of Song'', Ella Fitzgerald on her 100th birthday. Born on April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia, Ella Jane Fitzgerald went on to define Jazz music for more than half a century. Fitzgerald's career first began when she performed at an amateur night contest at the Apollo Theater in 1934. She was just 17 years old and received first place. After overcoming a tumultuous childhood, Fitzgerald recorded her first major hit, ``A-Tisket A-Tasket,'' in 1938 just four short years after her appearance at the Apollo Theater.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Tuesday April 25, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will meet with the Elizabeth River Project to discuss the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program and other federal programs designed to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and encourage environmental literacy. Congressman Scott will take a river tour to see federally funded restoration efforts on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, including an oyster reef, NOAA funded Learning Barge field trips, and Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development funded projects of the Harbor Park and Chesterfield shorelines. Programs that fund these projects have been targeted for significant cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. If enacted, these cuts will jeopardize the work that has already been done to restore the Elizabeth River and other Chesapeake Bay tributaries.
April 14, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Monday, April 17, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will meet with representatives of Housing Authorities in Hampton Roads to discuss funding cuts for federal housing programs proposed in President Trump's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposed. Following the meeting, Congressman Scott will tour Marshall Courts, a 349 unit Public Housing Complex. The complex is currently undergoing a multi-phased comprehensive renovation that is subject to massive cuts under President Trump’s proposed budget. A decrease in funding will significantly delay completing the renovation and will make it difficult to address other aging public housing complexes in the area.
April 13, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will hold a town hall in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for constituents to learn more about President Trump’s proposed budget and its impact on Hampton Roads and Virginia, ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and other recent legislative actions in Congress.
April 10, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, April 10, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will hold a Roundtable with Millennials in Newport News at 5:00 p.m. The roundtable will discuss issues impacting millennials, including financing a higher education, managing student loan debt, finding employment after graduating college, and accessing affordable health care. Livestream of the roundtable will be available on Congressman Scott’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RepBobbyScott