Press Releases

Chairman Scott: Partial Relief for Dream Center Students “Falls Well Short” of What Defrauded Borrowers Deserve

11.08.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education agreed to expand eligibility for closed school discharge to only a small portion of students defrauded by Dream Center, a defunct for-profit college chain. "Over the past several months, the Committee presented clear evidence that the Department of Education and Dream Center schools knew that the for-profit chain was on the verge of closure but failed to notify existing and potential Dream… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Allegation DOL Illegally Diverted Funding from Successful Apprenticeship Program

11.06.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to a press report alleging that the Department of Labor illegally diverted taxpayer money away from successful Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs to fund Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), an unproven concept that would weaken quality standards and worker protections. "We have repeatedly asked the Department of Labor about allegations that it misused money that Congress allocated for Reg… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Call on Trump Administration: Abandon Proposal that Jeopardizes Access to School Meals for Nearly 1 Million Children

11.04.19   WASHINGTON - All 28 Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee submitted a second letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to abandon its proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would result in nearly one million children losing automatic access to free school meals. The letter was submitted after the USDA was forced to reopen a public comment period because it failed to publish internal estimate… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Threatens to Subpoena Secretary DeVos to Testify About Department’s Refusal to Provide Debt Relief to Defrauded Students

11.01.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos threatening to subpoena her testimony after she declined a formal invitation to appear at a Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday, November 19. The hearing will examine the Department's refusal to provide debt relief to nearly 60,000 students who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges, a defunct for-profit college chain. "I was disappointed that you reje… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on October Jobs Report

11.01.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 128,000 jobs in October with the unemployment rate at 3.6 percent. "Today's report- combined with other recent economic data - raises more questions about the impact of the Trump administration's policies on the American economy. Despite 108 consecutive months of private-sector job growth (75 of which were under the Obama administration) wages for Ameri… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Department of Education’s Final Accreditation Rule

10.31.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education issued final changes to federal requirements on institution accreditation. "Students and parents view college accreditation as a seal of approval from the federal government. By rolling back standards for accreditors, the Department is undermining a key driver of institutional accountability, further exposing students and taxpayers to fraud and abuse at the hands of low-quality schools. … Continue Reading


Committee Advances Comprehensive Legislation to Lower the Cost of College

10.31.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674) - a comprehensive proposal to lower the cost of college, improve the quality of higher education through stronger accountability, and expand opportunity by providing students the support they need to succeed. The bill, which incorporates more than 30 bipartisan proposals, was advanced on a party-line vote (28-22) with unanimous Democratic support. "A quality, college degree remains the su… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Asks Secretary DeVos to Testify About Education Department’s Refusal to Provide Debt Relief to Defrauded Students

10.29.19   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) formally invited Secretary DeVos to testify before the Committee on Tuesday, November 19, to discuss the Department's refusal to provide debt relief to nearly 60,000 students who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges, a defunct for-profit college chain. Following the 2015 collapse of Corinthian Colleges, the Obama administration issued the Borrowers Defense rule that ensured defrauded students would not be held responsible … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises House Passage of Dignity in Aging Act

10.28.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the House voted unanimously to pass the Dignity in Aging Act, a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) that increases funding for vital programs that help aging Americans live independently and with dignity. The OAA currently serves roughly 11 million older Americans, including 3 million older Americans who regularly rely on OAA programs to meet their basic needs. The population of Americans age 60 and over has grown more than 60 percent since 200… Continue Reading


Top Committee Democrats Call on Labor Secretary to Quantify How Much Workers Will Lose Under Proposed Tip Rule

10.24.19   WASHINGTON - Today, top Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee submitted a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia calling on the Department to publish legally required estimates about the full impact of its proposed tip rule on American workers. The proposed rule, published earlier this month, included a provision codifying a repeal of the 80/20 rule but failed to include an economic analysis of the potential costs to workers, as required by law. The 80/20 rule proh… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Threatens to Subpoena Secretary DeVos for Documents Related to Department’s Role in For-Profit School Closure

10.22.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos threatening to subpoena documents regarding the Department's role in the abrupt closure of Dream Center Education Holdings, a for-profit college chain that collapsed last year. The letter is Chairman Scott's second request for documents and transcribed interviews that would shed light on the Department's behind-the-scenes effo… Continue Reading


Education and Labor Committee Votes to Advance Ambitious Proposal to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs

10.17.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor voted to advance the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, H.R. 3, an ambitious proposal to cut the cost of prescription drugs for all Americans. The Committee advanced the bill on a party line vote, 27-21. "The skyrocketing cost of drugs is undermining the health and financial security of seniors, taxpayers, and American consumers - who are routinely forced to pay far more for the same drugs as people in other countries," said Chairman Scott. "The A… Continue Reading


College Affordability Act: What People Are Saying

10.16.19   WASHINGTON - The College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674) is a comprehensive overhaul of our higher education system. The bill is a down payment on bold reforms to lower the cost of college, improve the quality of higher education, and expand opportunity for students from all backgrounds. Here's what education leaders are saying about the landmark legislation: AccessLex: "AccessLex Institute is pleased to offer our support for the College Affordability Act, which we believe would further the funda… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Announces Future of Work Hearings

10.16.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) announced a series of three legislative hearings to explore challenges, opportunities, and policy solutions related to the "future of work." The three hearings will specifically focus on: Preserving worker protections and benefits in the face of changing business models and work arrangements; Empowering workers with the skills they need to avoid or address job displacement and remain competitive; and Protecting workers' civil … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Responds to USDA Analysis Showing Nearly 1 Million Kids Would Lose Automatic Access for Free Schools Under Proposed Cuts to SNAP

10.16.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to an internal analysis released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing nearly one million children will lose automatic access to free school meals under its proposed changes to eligibility for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). "The internal analysis released by the Department of Agriculture shows that the impact of its proposed rule would be even worse than we had feared… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Unveil Comprehensive Legislation to Lower the Cost of College

10.15.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor introduced the College Affordability Act-a comprehensive overhaul of the higher education system that lowers the cost of college for students and families, improves the quality of higher education through stronger accountability, and expands opportunity by providing students the support and flexibility they need to succeed. The landmark legislation comes more than 10 years after the last reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) a… Continue Reading


Health Committee Chairs’ Statement on CBO Analysis of H.R. 3

10.11.19   Washington, D.C. - Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released a joint statement today on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) initial analysis of H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. The CBO estimates savings from Title I of the bill to Medicare of $345 billion between 2023-2029: "The CBO analysis confirms that H.R. 3 lives up to its name of lowering prescriptio… Continue Reading


Committee Report: Education Department Ignored Early Warnings of Problems in Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

10.11.19   WASHINGTON - A report released today by the Committee on Education and Labor reveals that the Education Department ignored early warnings from internal staff that could have prevented the disastrous implementation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The report, "Broken Promises: How the Department of Education Failed America's Public Servants," includes previously unpublished audits completed by Education Department staff in 2016 and 2017 that raised significant issues regardi… Continue Reading


Scott, Adams Call on Labor Secretary to Protect Workers from Deadly Silica Exposure

10.07.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chair Alma Adams (NC-12) sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to strengthen monitoring and protections for engineered stone fabrication workers at high risk of silicosis and other silica-related diseases. The letter comes one week after the Centers for Disease Control and Preve… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on DOL’s Proposed Tip Rule

10.07.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor proposed a new tip rule that would codify the Trump administration's repeal of the long-standing 80/20 rule, which prohibits employers from paying the tipped subminimum wage to workers that spend more than 20 percent of their time performing tasks where they cannot earn tips. "The 80/20 rule helps prevent employers from paying workers the tipped subminimum wage for doing non-tipped work, which… Continue Reading

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