Press Releases

Scott Celebrates Passage of Key Priorities in Defense Bill

12.08.22   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) celebrated the U.S. House of Representatives passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023, which included key initiatives spearheaded by Congressman Scott.  “As the representative from Virginia’s Third Congressional District, I was pleased to support this year’s NDAA which will protect our national security and include a well-earned pay raise for servicemembers and civili… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Leads Members in Support of Proposed Rule to Protect Workers’ Rights

12.08.22   WASHINGTON – Today, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) led a letter with 52 House Democrats to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in support of its proposed joint employer rule. The proposed rule would help ensure that workers—who are hired through subcontractors, temporary staffing agencies, and other intermediaries—can hold all the entities that control their working conditions accountable for their right … Continue Reading


Retirement Benefits of More Than 350,000 Central States Workers and Retirees Saved by the American Rescue Plan Pension Relief

12.08.22   WASHINGTON - Today, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) announced that 357,056 participants of the Central States Pension Fund will have their retirement benefits saved and 1,005 businesses contributing to the plan will be protected. The pension relief was made possible through the American Rescue Plan, which included a solution to the multiemployer pension crisis. To watch the video, click here.Special Thanks: Ken Stribling, Davey Grubbs, Bernie Anderson, Dana Vargo, Don Vargo, F… Continue Reading


Education Leaders Urge Education Department to Better Protect Students Against Abusive College Recruiting Practices

12.05.22   WASHINGTON – On Friday, House and Senate education leaders wrote a letter urging the Department of Education to increase its oversight of online program managers (OPMs)—third-party companies that help colleges run and recruit students for online academic programs—to ensure they are not engaging in abusive recruiting practices. In May 2022, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office released a report that found the Department of Educatio… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on November Jobs Report

12.02.22   WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 263,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent. Under the previous administration, the pre-pandemic average (seasonally adjusted) number of jobs added was 186,000. Under President Biden, the average (seasonally adjusted) number of jobs added is 479,000 – over 2… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Extension of Student Loan Pause

11.22.22   WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Biden-Harris administration announced that it will extend the pause on student loan repayment, collections, and interest accrual. “Extending the pause on student loan repayments will give borrowers some stability while President Biden’s student loan relief program remains blocked due to lawsuits from Republican Attorneys General. This extension will preve… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Proposed Improvements to WIC Food Packages

11.17.22   WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service announced proposed updates to strengthen food assistance for participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. “The Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) proposed rule makes critical improvements to the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, an… Continue Reading


NEW: Pension Recipient Shares Impact of Relief Secured in American Rescue Plan

11.07.22   WASHINGTON – Today, the Education and Labor Committee released a new video of Dana Vargo, the spouse of a retired Teamster and a leading advocate in the fight to protect pension plans. In the video, Vargo discusses how the relief that Congressional Democrats and the Biden-Harris administration secured in the American Rescue Plan has allowed her and her husband to spend more time with their grandchildren. To date, the American Rescue Plan has saved the pensions of 156,759 Americans and… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on October Jobs Report

11.04.22   WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 261,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent. “Today’s jobs report demonstrates that the Biden-Harris Administration’s economic agenda is producing a record number of jobs.  President Biden has added more jobs in his first 22 months in office than any… Continue Reading


Retired Truck Driver Celebrates Relief Secured in American Rescue Plan

11.02.22   WASHINGTON – Today, the Education and Labor Committee released a new video of retired truck driver Jack Palush discussing the impact of the relief that Congressional Democrats and the Biden-Harris administration secured in the American Rescue Plan. To date, the American Rescue Plan has saved the pensions of 156,759 Americans and protected 785 businesses from being at-risk of closing their doors.  To view the video, click here. The multiemployer pension crisis threat… Continue Reading


ICYMI: To Date, Congressional Democrats Saved Pensions of More Than 156,000 Americans, Protected Nearly 800 Businesses

10.26.22   WASHINGTON – To date, the American Rescue Plan has saved the pensions of 156,759 Americans and protected 785 businesses from being at-risk of closing their doors. To view the Committee’s pension tracker, click here. The multiemployer pension crisis threatened to strip more than a million retirees of the pensions they earned over a lifetime of work, jeopardized tens of thousands of businesses and endangered tens of thousands of jobs.  In response, the American R… Continue Reading


NEW: Government Watchdog Report Finds Unequal Enforcement of Dress Codes May Make Schools Less Safe for Students

10.25.22   WASHINGTON – A new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealedthat discriminatory enforcement of school dress codes may make school environments less equitable and safe for students and lead to harmful discipline practices.   Specifically, the GAO report found that dress codes typically restrict items most frequently worn by girls, students of color, and LGBTQI+ students. As a result, schools remove these students from the classroom at s… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Reacts to 2022 National “Report Card”

10.24.22   WASHINGTON – House Education and Labor Committee Chair Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) issued the following statement after the National Center for Education Statistics released the results of the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Mathematics and Reading Assessments. The 2022 NAEP found significant declines in math and reading scores for grades 4 and 8 compared to 2019. In math, average score declines were historic, and achievement gaps widened for our… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on September Jobs Report

10.07.22   WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after theBureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 263,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.5 percent. “Today’s jobs report shows that Democrats’ economic agenda is meeting the needs of students, workers, and families.  Since President Biden took office, the economy has added, on average, 500,000 jobs each mon… Continue Reading


House Chairs Write in Strong Support of the Biden Administration’s Health Nondiscrimination Rule

10.03.22   WASHINGTON – Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) wrote to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra in support of the Biden Administration’s proposed health care nondiscrimination rule. “The proposed rule reflects evolving judicial precedent, technological developments … Continue Reading


Chair DeSaulnier Leads Bipartisan Bill to Help People with Disabilities Access Assistive Technology

09.30.22   WASHINGTON – Today, Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chair Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and Congressman Joe Sempolinski (NY-23) announced introduction of the 21st Century Assistive Technology Act (H.R. 9028), bipartisan legislation to help people with disabilities live independently by expanding access to assistive technology. Assistive technologies—from smart home systems to magnifying glasses—are critical to ensuring that people with disabi… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Urges Passage of Mental Health Matters Act

09.29.22   WASHINGTON – Today, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) submitted the following remarks in support of H.R. 7780, the Mental Health Matters Act, into the Congressional Record.  “I rise today in strong support of the Mental Health Matters Act, led by the gentleman from California, Mr. DeSaulnier. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the mental health crisis among students, workers, and families.  &… Continue Reading


Committee Releases New Report about Risks of Ending Preventive Health Care Coverage Protection for Workers and Families

09.29.22   WASHINGTON – Today, Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released a new report—No Right to Deny Care—on the significant benefits of the requirement, under the Affordable Care Act, for private health insurance plans to cover preventive care, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV, cancer screenings, and other lifesaving services. The requirement is currently under threat following a federal court ruling in Braidwood Management v. Becerra&#… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

09.28.22   WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement ahead of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. In 1985, then-Virginia Senator Robert C. “Bobby” Scott chaired the Joint Subcommittee on Hunger and Malnutrition in the Commonwealth and commissioned areport on hunger in Virginia.  “I applaud President Biden for organizing the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Hea… Continue Reading


Democratic Leaders File Amicus Brief in Case that Could Curtail the Ability of Individuals to Enforce Their Rights to Federal Programs in Court

09.23.22   WASHINGTON – On Friday, House and Senate leaders submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County v. Talevski. The Democrats wrote in support of the ability of individuals to use federal courts to enforce the requirements of certain federal programs, including Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Fair Housing Assistance Program, the Ch… Continue Reading

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