Press Releases

Scott & Nadler Reintroduce the Restoring Justice for Workers Act

07.29.21   WASHINGTON - Today, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) introduced the Restoring Justice for Workers Act, legislation to end forced arbitration clauses and protect workers' ability to pursue work-related claims in court. The bill would overrule the 2018 Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis that allowed employers to continue to require workers to sign forced arbitration clauses. Thes… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds Biden Administration for Protecting U.S. Workers from Wage Theft

07.29.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Labor Department finalized a rule to rescind the Trump-era Joint Employment Rule that would cost workers more than $1 billion every year if it remained in effect. The Fair Labor Standards Act's broad joint employment standard has long ensured that workers can hold multiple employers accountable for wage theft where the employee establishes that he or she is economically dependent on a joint employer.… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds Gov. Northam Proposal to Increase Funding for Safe School Reopenings

07.28.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott released the following statement in response to Governor Ralph Northam's proposal to dedicate $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding to help schools repair and upgrade ventilation systems, or complete other air quality projects. "I applaud Governor Northam's proposal to dedicate additional American Rescue Plan funding to helping schools reopen safely and stay open safely. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that proper ventilation is essential to r… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement 12-Year Anniversary of $7.25 Minimum Wage

07.24.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement acknowledging the 12-year anniversary of the $7.25 federal minimum wage on July 24. We are now experiencing the longest period of time without an increase in the federal minimum wage since it was created in 1938. "Today our nation reached a shameful milestone. Today marks 12 years since the last increase in the federal minimum wage - the longest period without an increase since it was established more than eight decades ag… Continue Reading


House and Senate Democrats, Biden Administration Leaders Stress Importance of Workforce Investments to Build Back Better

07.22.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, hosted a remote press conference with Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, Education Department Deputy Secretary Cindy Marten, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and other guests to highlight the importance of investing in workforce development. The unemployment crisis spurred by COVID-19 demonstrated the need for increased training and career navigation services to en… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds Rule Implementing $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

07.21.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing President Biden's Executive Order 14026, which requires all federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage. "I applaud the Biden Administration for making good on its promise to increase the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour. "By both raising the minimum wage and phasing out the tipped minimum wage for federal contractors, th… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Four Bills to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence, Older Americans, Students of Color

07.15.21   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced four bills to support survivors of domestic violence, protect older job applicants from age discrimination, help communities desegregate their schools, and strengthen efforts to fight discrimination in education. The Family Violence and Prevention Services Improvement Act (FVPSA) of 2021 modernizes and adequately funds FVPSA to support survivors of domestic violence and increases prevention efforts to ensure no American experien… Continue Reading


Rep. Grijalva Leads Members of Congress in Urging Summer Vaccination Campaign and Coordination for Farmworkers

07.15.21   TUCSON- Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva led 35 Members of Congress in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky urging them to facilitate a summer campaign to increase the vaccination rate within the rural farmworker community through a collaboration between the CDC, states, localities, and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start network. Farmworkers have historically faced numerous health disparities and … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Opening Statement at Markup of Bills to Address Intimate Partner Violence, Protect Older Workers, and Promote Equity in Education

07.15.21   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following opening statement at today's markup of H.R. 2119, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021, H.R. 3992, the Protect Older Job Applicants Act, H.R. 729, the Strength in Diversity Act of 2021, and H.R. 730, the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act of 2021. "Today, the Committee is marking up four bills: H.R. 2119, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improve… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on PRO Act Provisions in Budget Agreement

07.14.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement reporting that key provisions from the PRO Act are included in the Senate budget agreement. "The Senate needs to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO) Act in its entirety, but any step we can take to defend workers' rights is meaningful. Based on past precedent, there is good reason to believe important PRO Act provisions can pass through the Budget reconciliation process, and I applaud their i… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on ED Decision to Streamline Financial Aid Verification

07.13.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Education Department announced temporary changes to the federal student aid verification process for the 2021-22 award year. The temporary changes will provide relief to hundreds of thousands of students and thousands of colleges who may be facing challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The Education Department's decision to streamline the financial aid verification process is an important a… Continue Reading


Labor Leaders Introduce Bill to Strengthen Opportunity for Disconnected Youth

07.08.21   WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), will introduce the Opening Doors for Youth Act (ODYA) (H.R. 4403)- legislation to address the challenges facing youth who lose connection from both school and work. The bill is also sponsored by Chairwoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17), and Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04). Researchers estimate that there were 6 million… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on June Jobs Report

07.02.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 850,000 jobs in June with the unemployment rate at 5.9 percent. "Today's jobs report is further proof that the Biden-Harris economic agenda is delivering results for the American people. Since President Biden took office, the economy has created more than 3 million jobs and consumer confidence has soared to its highest rate in 21 years. … Continue Reading


President Biden Signs Bicameral Resolution to Protect Victims of Workplace Discrimination

06.30.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after President Biden signed a Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval (S.J.Res. 13) to nullify the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) conciliation rule. Chairman Scott introduced the House version of this resolution (H.J.Res. 33). "Today, Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration took a significant step to restore access to justice for victims of workplace discrimination. The EEOC… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Watchdog Report Showing Trump Administration’s Education Department Improperly Handed $387 Million to Failing For-Profit Schools

06.30.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Education Department's Office of Inspector General confirmed that the former Under Secretary of Education exceeded her authority and wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to provide a handout to executives and owners at Dream Center Education Holdings. "This independent watchdog report provides clear evidence that the Trump administration's Education Department took unprecedented and impro… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Urge Biden Administration to Extend Student Loan Payment Pause

06.30.21   Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged President Biden to extend the pause on federal student loan payments, which is currently set to expire at the end of September. In a letter to President Biden, the members stressed that the pause on student loan payments has been a lifeline for struggling bor… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Final Passage of Bicameral Resolution to Restore Workplace Civil Rights Protections

06.24.21   WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives passed a resolution introduced by Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) that will protect victims of workplace discrimination. The Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval (S. J. Res 13) repeals a Trump-era rule that forced the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to meet new burdensome requirements affecting workers who bring allegations of discrimination. The resolution, which the Senate passed on May 19, now heads to Pre… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Calls for Passage of Resolution to Restore Access to Justice for Victims of Workplace Discrimination

06.24.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of S.J. Res 13, a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval that would nullify the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's conciliation rule. "Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise today in support of Senate Joint Resolution 13, a Congressional Review Act resolution disapproving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, Conci… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Opening Statement at Hearing with Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

06.24.21   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following opening statement at today's hearing, entitled "Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education," to discuss the Department of Education's budget request for Fiscal Year 2022. "Today, we are meeting to discuss the Department of Education's budget request for Fiscal Year 2022 and examine the Department's priorities to support students, educators, and communities. … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Urges Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Older Workers Against Discrimination

06.23.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of H.R. 2062, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise in support of H.R. 2062, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, which I reintroduced this year with our colleague from Illinois-Mr. Rodney Davis. "For decades, the federal government has recognized the need to protect older… Continue Reading

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