Press Releases

ICYMI: Chairman Scott on State of School Integration in America

05.20.22   WASHINGTON – This week, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) reflected on the 68th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education and discussed the current state of school integration with A Starting Point. Watch the full video here. ###… Continue Reading


WATCH: Chairman Scott Leads House Passage of Legislation to Improve Families’ Access to Infant Formula

05.18.22   WASHINGTON – Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks during today’s floor debate on passing H.R. 7791, the Access to Baby Formula Act. View Chairman Scott’s floor remarks on YouTube. “Madam Speaker, across the country, the ongoing shortage of formula is disproportionately hurting women and children who rely on the benefits through the WIC program, leaving them with few optio… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Bills to Rebuild America’ Schools, Protect Workers’ Wages, and Address the Mental Health Crisis

05.18.22   WASHINGTON - Today, the Education and Labor Committee advanced five bills to rebuild America's schools, protect workers' wages, and address the country's mental health crisis. The Rebuild America's School's Act provides the necessary investments to strengthen K-12 public schools' physical and digital infrastructure. This will ensure that students and educators have access to safe and healthy places to work and learn. It will also help strengthen the economy by creating good-paying jobs in comm… Continue Reading


WATCH: Chairman Scott Leads House Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Fill Job Openings, Help Workers Access Better-Paying Jobs

05.17.22   WASHINGTON – Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks during today’s floor debate on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022 (H.R. 7309). View Chairman Scott’s floor remarks on YouTube. “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA, is the backbone of our nation’s workforce development system. Each year, WIOA programs help working people acros… Continue Reading


Rep. Hayes Introduces Bill to Improve Access to Infant Formula for Vulnerable Families Amid Shortage

05.17.22   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Member, Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-05), introduced the Access to Baby Formula Act (H.R.7791)- legislation to help improve access to infant formula for vulnerable families during the shortage crisis. Regrettably, the baby formula shortage has taken an especially dangerous toll on women and children from underserved communities who use WIC (women, infant and children) benefits to purchase formula. In response, the Access to Baby Formula Act provides … Continue Reading


Chairs Scott, DeSaulnier Introduce Mental Health Matters Act

05.17.22   WASHINGTON – Today, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) and Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) introduced comprehensive legislation, the Mental Health Matters Act (H.R. 7780), to help confront the mental health crisis for children, students, workers, and families. The proposal includes a series of mental health policy priorities that would help support the behavi… Continue Reading


WATCH: Chairman Scott Leads House Passage of Bill to Help Lift Millions of Americans Out of Poverty

05.13.22   WASHINGTON – Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks during today’s floor debate on H.R. 5129, the Community Service Block Grant Modernization Act of 2022.   View Chairman Scott’s floor remarks on YouTube. “Today, the Community Action Agencies, or CAAs form a network of more than 1,000 organizations that meet the unique needs of communities to help lift low-income indi… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on EEOC, DOJ Actions to Prevent Disability Discrimination in Hiring

05.12.22   WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice released technical assistance documents to help employers prevent disability discrimination when using artificial intelligence and other software tools in the hiring process. “I am grateful that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have taken … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Leads House Passage of Legislation to Support Federal Firefighters

05.11.22   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks during today's floor debate on passing H.R. 2499 Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022. View Chairman Scott's floor remarks on YouTube. "Across the country, roughly 15,000 firefighters employed by the federal government currently work to fight wildfires, respond to hurricanes, protect military and Veterans Affairs facilities, and keep our communities safe. "Like all… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement for the Record in Support of House Staff’s Efforts to Form a Union

05.11.22   WASHINGTON – Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) submitted the following statement for the record in support of House staff’s right to organize and form a union. “I rise in support of ensuring that House staffers have the same fundamental rights to organize and collectively bargain as workers across the nation. Unions play an essential role in providing higher wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces. For decades, un… Continue Reading


Scott, DeLauro, Murray Introduce Bill to Stop Wage Theft and Improve Wage Recovery

05.10.22   WASHINGTON – Today, Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act; comprehensive legislation to put hard-earned wages back in workers’ pockets and crack down on … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on April Jobs Report

05.06.22   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 428,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate remained the same at 3.6 percent. "Today's jobs report reflects another outstanding month of job growth and economic recovery. Under President Biden's economic agenda and the investments Congress made through the American Rescue Plan, our economy has added 8.3 million jobs and the unemploymen… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Helped Hundreds of Constituents Apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

05.06.22   WASHINGTON- Last night, Office of Federal Student Aid and the Student Borrower Protection Center- where they provided constituents with the resources and information they needed to seek Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). The previous Administration did not faithfully implement PSLF and despite the Chairman holding hearings, sending letters, and making public statements, they never took meaningful action to address borrowers concerns. "The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program was not … Continue Reading


Chairs Scott, Murray, Colleagues Release Report Highlighting Need to Ensure Companies Managing Colleges’ Online Programs Aren’t Violating Ban on Abusive Recruiting Practices

05.05.22   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott and U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Tina Smith (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighting the need for the Department of Education to collect more data to ensure online program managers (OPMs)-third-party companies that help colleges run and recruit students for online… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott, Secretary Walsh Visited Local Community College, Apprentice School to Discuss Workforce Development Programs

05.02.22   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited Thomas Nelson Community College and The Apprentice School and hosted a roundtable with students, higher education professionals, and local business leaders to discuss the importance of workforce development programs. Workforce development programs-like Registered Apprenticeships-are essential to ensuring workers can access better-paying jobs and businesses have enough qualified applicants to fi… Continue Reading


WATCH: Chairman Scott Commemorates Workers' Memorial Day

04.28.22   WASHINGTON – Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks during a wreath laying ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day. View Chairman Scott’s remarks on YouTube. “Worker Memorial Day is a reminder of the toll of workplace injury and illness. “One study conducted about ten years ago estimated that, on average, 15 people die every day becau… Continue Reading


New GAO Report: Income-Driven Repayment System in Urgent Need of Reform

04.20.22   WASHINGTON - A new report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that long-standing flaws in the Department of Education's Income-Driven Repayment program that have left thousands of student loan borrowers without the loan forgiveness for which they may be eligible. Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans allow borrowers to reduce their monthly repayment amounts and extend repayment periods. Under IDR plans, the borrower's remaining loan amount is forgiven following thes… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Congratulates Kurt Russell, 2022 National Teacher of the Year

04.19.22   WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Council of Chief State School Officers announced Kurt Russell, a history teacher in Ohio, as the 2022 National Teacher of the Year. “I am proud to celebrate Kurt Russell as the 2022 National Teacher of the Year. Across the country, educators have been charged with the challenging task of helping our nation’s children recover from the pandemic. W… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Education Department Plan to Support Student Loan Borrowers in Income-Driven Repayment

04.19.22   WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Education announced major fixes to improve the Income-Driven Repayment program.  “The Department of Education’s announcement marks a key milestone toward ensuring that Income-Driven Repayment delivers on its promise to student loan borrowers. Just last week, Senate HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray and I urged the De… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Push Biden Administration to Fix Longstanding Failures with Income-Driven Student Loan Repayment System

04.18.22   WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA-03), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, wrote to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to urge the Department of Education to extend the student loan payment pause until 2023 and use the intervening time to adopt meaningful and lasting reforms to the federal income-driven repayment (IDR) sy… Continue Reading

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