Press Releases

White House’s Plan to Study Multiemployer Pensions is Not the Solution that Workers, Retirees, and Businesses Deserve

10.22.20   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House announced a presidential memorandum to study the multiemployer pensions crisis. "After nearly four years in office and less than two weeks before the election, the White House finally woke up to the reality that there's a multiemployer pensions crisis. Unfortunately, instead of championing the responsible solution in the House-passed Heroes Act, the White H… Continue Reading


Faced with Obstruction from ED, Chairman Scott Subpoenas ED Officials Regarding Dream Center Scandal

10.22.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) subpoenaed several Education Department career staff for their deposition in an investigation into the Department's role in the misconduct of Dream Center Education Holdings, a for-profit higher education company. After over a year of investigation, the Committee found that Under Secretary Diane Auer Jones - a former for-profit education lobbyist - worked extensively on behalf of Dream Center despite knowing that two of its schools had… Continue Reading


Committee Report Details Years-Long Attacks on Workers’ Rights, Unions by Trump Administration’s NLRB

10.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor released a report chronicling the attacks on workers' rights and unions by the Trump administration's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The report compiles years of Committee oversight and details how the NLRB, the federal agency charged with protecting most private sector workers' right to organize, has been plagued by corruption, conflicts, and crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that far too many workers do not have ac… Continue Reading


Labor Leaders to OSHA: Changing Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Workplace Illness Hurts Workers and Hinders Ability to Control Pandemic

10.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chair Alma Adams (NC-12) wrote to the heads of the Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) questioning a recent OSHA policy change that will result in sharply reduced reporting of COVID-related workplace hospitalizations and fatalities and undermine efforts to protect the safety of workers. OSHA requires workplace fatali… Continue Reading


New Government Watchdog Report: Students Impacted by Disasters Hurt More by Pandemic

10.14.20   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Gregorio Kilili Sablan (Mariana Islands) issued the following statement after the Government Accountability Office released a report finding that the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered and worsened K-12 schools' recovery from recent natural disasters across the country. "The GAO's new report confirms that the failed response to the … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on White House’s Inadequate Proposal for COVID-19 Relief

10.11.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement regarding the White House's latest coronavirus relief offer. "The erratic behavior coming from the White House this week is a perfect example of why it has been so difficult to negotiate relief for the American people. The Trump administration fundamentally does not grasp the urgency or scale of this crisis. And the latest proposal - which falls woefully short of providing meaningful relief for students, wo… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Demands Answers from USDA Distributors Pushing Religious Activity onto People Seeking Food Boxes

10.08.20   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) demanded answers from Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Perdue about a troubling report that some faith-based organizations participating in the Farmers to Families Food Box program, which has already been plagued by mismanagement, are subjecting participants to unsolicited religious activity. The reports include instances of faith-based organizations placing religious messages in food boxes, directi… Continue Reading


Scott, Wilson to DOL: Protect Workers’ Access to Comprehensive Health Benefits

10.07.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chair Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) sent a letter to Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) Acting Assistant Secretary Jeanne Wilson to express concern regarding the potential misuse of fixed indemnity coverage by employers to evade the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other consumer protection laws. Fixed inde… Continue Reading


Senate and House Democrats Demand Answers from Secretary Scalia on Labor Department’s Involvement in Weakening COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance For Nation’s Largest Meatpacking Plant

10.07.20   WASHINGTON -In a letter to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia, Senate and House Democrats requested information regarding his Department's involvement in the watering down of Centers for Disease Control recommendations to a South Dakota meatpacking plant that experienced a major COVID-19 outbreak. The letter was sent by House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chair Alma Adams (NC-12), Senate Employment… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Department of Labor Proposed Rule on Independent Contractors

10.06.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Labor released its proposed rule on the classification of workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). "The pervasive trend of employers misclassifying their employees as independent contractors has had severe consequences for workers and our economy. It strips workers of basic wage and hour protections, leaves law-abiding businesses at a competitive disadvantage, and robs state … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on President Trump Ending Coronavirus Relief Negotiations

10.06.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott released the following statement after President Trump announced he is walking away from negotiations on any further coronavirus relief until after the 2020 election. "President Trump's unwillingness to continue negotiations to provide much needed relief to the American people is just another example of this administration needlessly playing politics with the lives of students, workers, and families. "Over the last several months, the COVI… Continue Reading


Scott, Pallone to Trump Health Officials: Take Immediate Action to Support a National Testing Strategy to Protect Workers from COVID-19

10.06.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Scalia and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar demanding increased protections for our nation's frontline workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. In the letter, the Chairs express deep concern that low-wage, essential workers lack the health protections n… Continue Reading


Scott, Clyburn Request Answers on South Carolina’s Misuse of CARES Act Education Funding

10.05.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Chairman James E. Clyburn (SC-06) sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing deep concern regarding South Carolina's misuse of CARES Act education funds to develop a voucher program. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Governor Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund t… Continue Reading


Democrats Criticize Proposed Labor Department Rule Weakening Tool to Advance Financial Interests of Workers and Retirees

10.02.20   Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, led several of their Democratic colleagues in submitting a comment letter… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on September Jobs Report

10.02.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 661,000 jobs in August with the unemployment rate at 7.9 percent. "As the nation undergoes the greatest economic and public health crisis in modern history, today's jobs report reaffirms that Congress must pass additional support for American workers, students, and families. More than seven months since this crisis began, a record number of workers cont… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Passage of Heroes Act 2.0

10.01.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott released the following statement after the House voted to pass an updated version of the Heroes Act. "House Democrats first passed the Heroes Act over four months ago because we have the responsibility to help our constituents recover from this global health emergency. Since then, the need has only grown. "State and local governments are still facing massive budget shortfalls, and without federal support, these shortfalls will slash public … Continue Reading


Democrats Demand Answers After CDC Weakens COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance for Nation’s Largest Meatpacking Plant

09.30.20   WASHINGTON - In a letter to Trump administration health officials, House and Senate Democrats requested information regarding the watering down of Centers for Disease Control recommendations to a South Dakota meatpacking plant that experienced a major COVID-19 outbreak. The letter was sent to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) by Chairman Robert C. "Bobby"… Continue Reading


House Democrats Release Updated Version of The Heroes Act

09.28.20   WASHINGTON - House Democrats today released an updated version of The Heroes Act, addressing needs that have developed since the House passed an earlier iteration and reflecting negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. The $2.2 trillion legislation protects lives, livelihoods and the life of our democracy. To address needs that have arisen since the House first acted, the updated legislation includes: Strong support for small businesses, by improving the Paycheck Protection Program t… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Education Department Finally Agreeing to Comply with the CARES Act

09.25.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Education said it would not appeal three federal court rulings that found its formula for distributing CARES Act emergency education aid violated the law. "For more than four months, the Department of Education ignored the clear text of CARES Act in an attempt to unlawfully divert funding away from low-income students in public schools. As a result, the Department forced cash-strapped… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Landmark Legislation to Expand Registered Apprenticeships, Invest in Our Nation’s Workforce

09.24.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor voted to advance the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, which would invest more than $3.5 billion to create nearly one million new apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years. The legislation - which would update the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 for the first time since its enactment in 1937 - makes historic investments in workforce training to confront the sharp rise in unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rece… Continue Reading

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