Press Releases

House Health Committee Leaders Blast Trump Administration’s Refusal to Defend the ACA, Imperiling Health Care for Millions

03.26.19   WASHINGTON - House Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) issued the following joint statement today after the Trump administration wrote to the Fifth Circuit urging the court to uphold the district court ruling in Texas v. United States striking down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "The Trump Administration is now actively supporting a lawsuit that would cause millio… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Responds to Republican Request for Hearings on Medicare-For-All

03.14.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Committee Republicans requested that the Committee on Education and Labor hold a hearing on H.R. 1384. "I welcome the Ranking Member and my Republican colleagues to the conversation Democrats have been having about expanding access to care. The Committee is currently focused on undoing the sabotage of the Affordable Care Act orchestrated by the administration and Congressional Republicans. In fact, the most recent Re… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on College Admissions Scandal

03.12.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to a major college admissions scandal in which wealthy parents allegedly used bribery and fraud to game the admissions process at prestigious universities. "The bribery and fraud uncovered in the college admissions scandal undermines the integrity of our higher education system and robs deserving students of opportunities they have earned. I am grateful to investigators for identifying and stopping this illegal… Continue Reading

Don’t Stop Believin’: Committee Report Confirms College is Still Well Worth the Cost

03.08.19   WASHINGTON - A report released this morning by the Committee on Education and Labor reveals that a college degree is still well worth the cost. The report, titled "Don't Stop Believin' (in the value of a college degree)" collects the mountain of evidence showing that - despite the recent skepticism regarding the value of a college - researchers have consistently found that the benefits of a college degree significantly outweigh the costs. "This report lays out the overwhelming evidence that a c… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on February Jobs Report

03.08.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 20,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent. "Today's jobs report continues to show the harmful impacts of the unnecessary partial government shutdown caused by President Trump and Majority Leader McConnell. What's worse, wages are still barely keeping pace with inflation and hardworking Americans are being left behind. "This … Continue Reading

Chairman Scott: New Overtime Threshold Falls Short

03.07.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor proposed to raise the overtime salary threshold to $35,308 from $23,660. The overtime threshold is the level below which salaried executive, administrative and professional workers must receive overtime pay for each hour worked after 40 hours per week. "The new overtime salary threshold proposed by the Department of Labor falls far short of meeting the needs of workers who are struggling to ge… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on Closing of Dream Center-Owned College Chain

03.07.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued a statement following the announcement that 22 Dream Center-owned colleges will close tomorrow. "The closure of Dream Center-owned college chains, including Argosy University, will have terrible, life-altering consequences for thousands of students on 22 campuses across the country. Many students are now left with burdensome debt and few options to finish their degree. Students should never be put in this situation. "The Department of Education … Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on Court Ruling Vacating DeVos Delay of IDEA Rule

03.07.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia vacated the Education Department's delay of the Equity in IDEA rule. The Obama-era rule, which Secretary DeVos had delayed for two years, helps schools address persistent and pervasive disparities in identification, placement, and discipline of students of color with disabilities. "Today's court ruling is a major victory for students and parents and an important ste… Continue Reading

Committee on Education and Labor Approves Proposal to Gradually Increase the Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024

03.06.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor approved the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582), a proposal to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2024. The Raise the Wage Act would give nearly 40 million workers a raise and, by putting money in the pockets of American workers, provide an economic stimulus to local businesses and communities. "Today, the Committee took an important step toward lifting millions of American workers out poverty by raising the minimum wage for the f… Continue Reading

Murray, Davis Request Information from U.S. Department of Education on Mismanagement of Federal Student Loan Program

03.05.19   WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), Chair of the House Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee, sent two letters today to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on the recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report that found internal failures at the Department to appropriately oversee student loan servicers that receive federal contracts. The first l… Continue Reading

Rep. Takano: “New overtime salary threshold ignores the economic realities middle-class workers are facing”

03.01.19   WASHINGTON- Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement following reports that the U.S. Department of Labor plans to raise the overtime pay threshold to $35,000 from $24,000 through new rulemaking "The Department of Labor's new overtime salary threshold ignores the economic realities middle-class workers are facing across the country. The $35,000 overtime pay threshold is woefully inadequate compared to the Obama-era regulations that would have increased the threshold to nearl… Continue Reading

Scott, Kennedy, Harris Reintroduce Bill to Protect Individuals from Discrimination

02.28.19   WASHINGTON - With the support of leaders from the civil rights, social justice and faith communities, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), and Senator Kamala D. Harris (CA) today reintroduced legislation to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption from laws guaranteeing fundamental civil and legal rights. Originally introduced… Continue Reading

Committee on Education and Labor Approves the Rebuild America’s Schools Act (H.R. 865)

02.26.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor approved the Rebuild America's Schools Act (H.R.865). The Rebuild America's Schools Act invests more than $100 billion in America's public schools. According to economic projections, the bill would also create more than 1.9 million good-paying jobs. "For far too long, students, parents, and teachers have felt the consequences of our chronic failure to prioritize funding for public education. The Rebuild America's Schools Act would provi… Continue Reading

Education and Labor Committee Approves Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7)

02.26.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor approved the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7). The legislation strengthens protections against gender-based wage discrimination to ensure that all women receive equal pay for equal work. Today, a woman still makes only 80 cents, on average, for every dollar earned by her white male counterpart. "The gender wage gap, which collectively withholds up to $500 billion from women's paychecks each year undermines the financial stability of famili… Continue Reading

House and Senate Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Child Care and Early Learning Bill to Ensure Child Care for All

02.26.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and Labor, and Chairman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (NMI-AL), House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, along with 96 other cosponsors, introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act − a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure affordable, high-quality child care for working middle class families and those living paycheck to paycheck. Senator Patty Murray… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Foxx Announce Five Bipartisan Hearings on Higher Education

02.21.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (NC-05) announced plans to hold five bipartisan hearings on higher education, marking the formal start of an effort the reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) in the 116th Congress. The joint announcement reflects the Committee's shared intention to host a thoughtful and open exchange of ideas for improving America's higher education system. The five hearings will be: The Cost of College: Student Centered … Continue Reading

Congressman Courtney Introduces Legislation to Reduce Violence Against Health Care and Social Service Workers

02.21.19   WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), a senior Member of the House Education and Labor Committee, introduced legislation this week to curb rising rates of workplace violence facing health care and social service employees such as nurses, physicians, emergency responders, medical assistants, and social workers. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309) is co-sponsored by Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the House … Continue Reading

Democratic Health Leaders Rip Trump Administration’s Proposed Health Insurance Market Rules for Making Care More Expensive, Less Accessible

02.20.19   (Washington, D.C.) -Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, sent a letter to Administrator Seema Verma at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services… Continue Reading

House, Senate Democrats Send Secretary DeVos Second Request for Information Regarding Attempt to Undermine Independence of Education Department Watchdog

02.19.19   WASHINGTON - Today, House and Senate Democrats sent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a second request for information regarding an abandoned effort to replace the Department's Acting Inspector General, an independent watchdog tasked with investigating allegations of fraud, waste, and criminal wrongdoing within the agency. The letter also demanded an explanation for a new and troubling revelation that - prior to replacing the Acting Inspector General - a senior department official had sought to ha… Continue Reading

Scott, Sensenbrenner Lead Bipartisan Group of House Members to Introduce Bill Protecting Older Workers from Age Discrimination

02.14.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) introduced the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), a proposal to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for older workers. They were joined by Representatives Alma Adams (NC-12), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Mark Takano (CA-41), Will Hurd (TX-23), John Katko (NY-24), and Glenn Grothman (WI-06). The bipartisan legislation is a companio… Continue Reading

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