Press Releases

Chairman Scott Statement on Senate GOP Blocking Funding for HBCUs and other Minority-Serving Institutions

09.19.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked an attempt by Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) to pass the FUTURE Act by unanimous consent. "The FUTURE Act preserves critical funding for Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions that expands opportunities in communities throughout the country. The House of Representatives did its job by passing the FUTURE ACT earlier this week, and I am disappoi… Continue Reading


Scott, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Support Direct Care Workers

09.19.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Representative Susie Lee (NV-03), along with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), introduced legislation to invest in and support direct care workers. The Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act (H.R. 4397) invests in training and employment advancement opportunities for America's direct care workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mor… Continue Reading


Education and Labor Committee Approves Bill to Help Address Impact of School Shootings on Students and Teachers

09.18.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor approved the School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act, legislation to establish a definition of "school shooting" in federal law and collect data on school shootings, which will help measure and address the impact of gun violence on children and educators. "The Committee has a responsibility to advance evidence-based legislation that ensures the safety of our schools," said Chairman Bobby Scott at today's markup. "This is a small, but … Continue Reading


Education and Labor Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act

09.18.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor approved the Dignity in Aging Act (H.R. 4334), a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). H.R. 4334 increases funding for vital programs that help aging Americans live independently and with dignity. The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally passed in 1965, is the primary legislation that covers social and nutrition services for older Americans and their caregivers. The Dignity in Aging Act responds to the challen… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Passage of FUTURE Act to Provide Extended Funding for HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs

09.17.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the House voted to pass the FUTURE Act, a bipartisan proposal to preserve funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges or Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The legislation extends funding for these institutions that was set to expire on September 30, 2019. "The funding that supports Minority-Serving Institutions is the only program authorized in the Higher Education Act that expires if it is… Continue Reading


Bonamici, Lee, Wild Introduce Bipartisan Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

09.17.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services Chair Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03), and Congresswoman Susan Wild (PA-07) introduced the Dignity in Aging Act, H.R. 4334, 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 Older Americans Act (OAA), originally passed in 1965, is the primary leg… Continue Reading


Committee Report Highlights Inequitable Funding for HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs

09.12.19   WASHINGTON - A report released this morning by the Committee on Education and Labor highlights the chronic underfunding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The report, titled "Investing in Economic Mobility: The Important Role of HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs in Closing Racial and Wealth Gaps in Higher Education" pulls together a mountain of evidence showing that greater federal investment in HBCUs, T… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on EEOC Decision to Abandon Collection of Data on Racial, Gender Pay Gap

09.12.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Notice of Information Collection on the EEO-1 report. The Notice abandons an Obama-era initiative to expand the EEO-1 data collection, known as Component 2, to include data on race and gender pay disparities. "The 2016 revisions to the EEO-1 report (Component 2) are necessary for the enforcement of our nation's anti-discrimination laws. The expanded pay data… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on August Jobs Report

09.06.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 130,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent. "Despite a consistently low unemployment rate, today's jobs report adds to extensive evidence showing that millions of Americans are suffering from inadequate wage growth in an economy that is simply not working for everyone. Moreover, President Trump's needless trade war with China ha… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on the Retirement of Congresswoman Susan Davis

09.05.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the retirement of Chair Susan Davis (CA-53), Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment. "Throughout her nearly two decades representing California's 53rd Congressional District, Congresswoman Susan Davis has been an effective and tireless advocate for her constituents. Through her leadership on this committee, she has championed efforts to strengthen registered apprenticeship programs, make college more … Continue Reading


GAO Report Reveals Education Department’s Failure to Implement Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

09.05.19   WASHINGTON - A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today reveals that the Department of Education is denying 99 percent of student borrowers applying for loan forgiveness under the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (TEPSLF). Congress established the emergency TEPSLF program last year in response to extremely high denial rates for the original Public Loan Service Forgiveness (PSLF) program, giving the Department specific instructions to simplify and exp… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Department of Education’s Final Borrowers Defense Rule

08.30.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education released a final Borrowers Defense rule. "The Trump administration's Borrowers Defense rule is the latest example of this Department's erosion of consumer protections for student borrowers. Rather than supporting students cheated out of their education, the administration created a gratuitously complex, individualized process for evaluating claims that will shield predatory schools from a… Continue Reading


VIDEO RELEASE: House Democrats to Senate: It’s Time to Pass the Raise the Wage Act

08.30.19   WASHINGTON - This Labor Day weekend, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and House Democrats are challenging the Senate to act and pass the Raise the Wage Act. On July 18th, the House overwhelming passed the bill on a bipartisan basis. The Raise the Wage Act would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025, give up to 33 million Americans a raise, and lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty. "Over the last six months, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have bloc… Continue Reading


Over 125 House Democrats to DOL: Changes to Apprenticeship System Violate the Law

08.26.19   The Members are requesting a 60-day extension of the public comment period. WASHINGTON - Today, led by Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), over 125 House Democrats sent a letter to the Department of Labor regarding its proposed changes to the apprenticeship system. In the letter, the Members express deep concern over the Department's proposal to establish an al… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Department of Labor Proposal to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Protections in Federal Contracting

08.15.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Contracting Compliance Programs proposed a new rule which would gut nondiscrimination protections by vastly expanding religious exemptions to Executive Order 11246, which prohibit discrimination in hiring by federal contractors, including on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. "The administration's proposal to weaken anti-discrimination protections in f… Continue Reading


Committee Chairs Call on Trump Administration to Abandon Rollback of Anti-Discrimination Protections in Health Care

08.15.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (MA-01), and Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging the Department to withdraw a proposal that would severely undermine civil rights protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On June 14, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services published a proposed rule that would … Continue Reading


Committee Chairs to Secretary DeVos: Weak Oversight of Student Loan Industry is Hurting Students and Families

08.13.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (MD-07) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing deep concern over the Education Department's failure to protect students and families from student loan companies. The letter addresses recent reports that the Department is shielding student loan servicing companies from sta… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Final “Public Charge” Rule

08.12.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Trump administration's Department of Homeland Security released a final rule to expand grounds for denying legal U.S. residency to immigrants. "The administration's final 'public charge' rule will inflict severe and unnecessary hardship on immigrant families. The rule will force hundreds of thousands of immigrants to choose between forgoing basic assistance for food, shelter, and health care, or risk being separ… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on July Jobs Report

08.02.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 164,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent. "After 106 straight months of private sector job growth, workers and middle-class families are still not receiving a fair share of economic growth. Today's jobs report adds to an extensive body of evidence showing that the low unemployment rate is not resulting in sufficient wage growth … Continue Reading


Scott, Cummings, and Norton Seek Compliance in D.C. School Voucher Investigation

07.30.19   WASHINGTON-Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Oversight and Reform Committee Member Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seeking a response to a document request made in March 2019 for documents and information on the federal private school voucher program in the District of Columbia. "We w… Continue Reading

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