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Adams, Scott Introduce CARE for Families Act During Black Maternal Health Week

04.16.21   WASHINGTON- Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, and House Committee on Education & Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) introduced the Community Access to Resources and Education (CARE) for Families Act today. The CARE for Families Act will help improve maternal and infant health outcomes by strengthening partnerships between health care providers and local nutrition services. A copy of the bill is available here. "We have an unaccep… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Calls for Passage of Bill to Prevent Workplace Violence

04.16.21   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. 1195, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. "I rise in support of H.R. 1195 - the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. "Over the past year, we have voiced exceptional praise for health care and social service workers, who have risked their lives to car… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Urges Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act

04.15.21   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. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and help end gender-based wage discrimination. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. "When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, our country codified the basic idea that all workers should earn 'equal pay for equ… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray, Hassan Respond to New Labor Department Guidance on Retirement Cybersecurity

04.14.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and Labor, Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statement in response to new guidance issued by the Department of Labor for retirement plan sponsors, fiduciaries, record-keepers, and participants regarding cybersecurity. "The Biden administration is showing they understand there is too much at … Continue Reading


House Democrats Praise Biden Proposals to Restore Wage Theft Protections for U.S. Workers

04.13.21   WASHINGTON - More than 75 House Democrats wrote in support of the Department of Labor's proposals to withdraw two Trump-era rules that strip workers of critical protections from wage theft. The Independent Contractor Rule and the Joint Employment Rule would cost workers billions every year if they went into effect. The Independent Contractor Rule narrowed the Department's interpretation of who is considered an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)- thereby narrowing who is eligibl… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on the Nomination of Douglas L. Parker for Assistant Secretary of Occupational Safety and Health

04.09.21   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after President Biden nominated Douglas L. Parker to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Occupational Safety and Health at the Department of Labor (DOL). "Doug Parker is the right choice to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. From helping run the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration under President Obama to leading California's Divi… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Biden Budget Makes Long-Term Commitment to Our Nation’s Students

04.09.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the release of President Biden's "skinny budget," which calls for a $20 billion increase for Title I education funding, a more than 200 percent increase compared to the current fiscal year. "Inequity has always been a defining characteristic of America's education system, and the wide funding gaps that exist between schools in neighboring communities constitute a major reason why students do … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Amazon Union Election

04.09.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement regarding the Amazon union election in Bessemer, Alabama. "America's workers will not have consistent access to free, fair, and safe union elections until we strengthen our nation's labor laws. We cannot continue allowing employers to interfere with workers' decision whether or not to form a union. "The Senate must pass the PRO Act."… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Passing of Elizabeth Davis

04.07.21   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of Elizabeth Davis, the president of the Washington Teachers' Union: "The District has lost a true champion for education with the tragic death of Elizabeth Davis. From her activism as a teenager at Eastern Senior High School to her decades of service as both a teacher and education leader, Liz Davis always stood up for the District's most vulnerable students and educators. A… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds Comprehensive Review of DeVos Title IX Rule

04.06.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Education announced it is conducting a comprehensive review of the Title IX rule established under the Trump Administration. "Providing students an environment where they are safe and free from discrimination is the most basic responsibility of schools and institutions. It is the foundation that gives all students the opportunity to learn and grow. Unfortunately, the Title IX rule esta… Continue Reading


Democratic Health Leaders Urge Biden Administration to Protect Laid-off Workers from Coverage Gaps

04.06.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressional leaders sent a letter asking Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to establish a Special Enrollment Period that will allow unemployed workers to maintain access to affordable coverage after the expiration of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021's (ARPA) COBRA subsidies-which will make it easier for workers to stay covered after losing a job. According to independent estimates, millions of Americans will access insurance through COBRA over the next … Continue Reading


Scott, McMorris Rodgers Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Workers with Disabilities Access Good-Paying Jobs

04.06.21   WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Representative Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), ranking member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced the Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act (H.R. 2373) to provide states and employers with the resources to transition workers with disabilities into fully integrated and competitive jobs while phasing out the subminimum wage for individuals with disabil… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott, Rep. Adams Celebrate Major Victory for HBCUs

04.02.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and HBCU Caucus Founder and Co-Chair Alma Adams released the following statement after the Department of Education announced the discharge of $1.6 billion in capital finance debt for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This action was made possible by Congress through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), which was signed into law in December 2020. "Historically Black Colleges and Universiti… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on March Jobs Report

04.02.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 916,000 jobs in March with the unemployment rate at 6.0 percent. "Today's job report shows that the American economy is rebounding but still has a long way to go to fully address the impact of COVID-19. With the leadership of President Biden and Congressional Democrats, the American Rescue Plan Act is accelerating the recovery by providing … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Biden Plan is a Bold Vision for New Jobs, Safer Communities

03.31.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after President Biden released his American Jobs Plan. "President Biden's American Jobs Plan outlines a bold vision for creating millions of good-paying jobs and protecting the health and well-being of our children, workers, and communities. "The Biden Plan will get struggling Americans back to work by making unprecedented and long-overdue investments in programs that are proven to help workers develop in-… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Education Department for Expanding Relief for Distressed Student Borrowers

03.30.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education announced it will pause collections and interest accrual on commercially-held student loans under the Family Federal Education Loan Program (c-FFEL) for borrowers who are in default. "Today, the Biden administration took another step to expand relief for struggling student loan borrowers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While Congress previously paused interest accrual and collecti… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds Biden Administration for Protecting Student Borrowers with Total and Permanent Disabilities

03.29.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Education announced steps to make it easier for eligible student loan borrowers to get their loans forgiven under the Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) discharge program. "Today's announcement is yet another example of how the Biden Administration is using its authority to improve the lives of student loan borrowers and their families. Given the severe challenges created by the COV… Continue Reading


House, Senate Democrats Introduce Heat Stress Legislation to Protect Farm Workers

03.26.21   WASHINGTON — Today, at the start of National Farmworkers Week (March 25-31), Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) joined Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27), Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) and Alma Adams (NC-12) to introduce legislation to ensure the safety and health of workers who are exposed to dangerous heat conditions in the workplace. The Asunción Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act is named in honor of Asunción Valdivia who died in 2004 after picking grapes for ten hours straight in 105-de… Continue Reading


Reps. Takano, Adams, Scott and Sen. Brown Urge Secretary Walsh to Restore Overtime Pay Protections for Millions of Workers

03.25.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), sent a letter to Secretary Marty Walsh urging the Department of Labor to take strong action to restore overtime pay protections for millions of workers. In the letter they state, "In 2016, the Obama Administration's DOL finalized a rule (Obama Rule) that would have increased the salary threshold to the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time, salaried workers in the … Continue Reading


On Equal Pay Day, Committee Advanced Bipartisan Legislation to Close Gender Pay Gap, Confront Workplace Discrimination, and Improve Workplace Safety

03.24.21   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced three bipartisan bills to close the gender pay gap, establish clear-cut protections for pregnant workers, and prevent violence against health care and social service workers. "These three bills deliver on our promise to ensure that, as our economy slowly recovers from the pandemic, all Americans will have access to safe workplaces where they can work free from discrimination," said Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03). The … Continue Reading

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