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Committee Advances Bipartisan Solution to Ban Surprise Billing

02.11.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Ban Surprise Billing Act (H.R. 5800), a bipartisan proposal to protect patients from devastating surprise medical bills. The legislation builds on various bipartisan solutions to shield patients from unexpected out-of-pocket health care costs. "Surprise medical billing is a troubling and all-too-common product of our complex health care system. The status quo is unacceptable. Patients are getting hit with astronomical bills a… Continue Reading

Ban Surprise Billing Act: What People Are Saying

02.11.20   WASHINGTON -Surprise medical bills - which are large, unanticipated out-of-pocket expenses that insured patients incur through no fault of their own - have a devastating financial impact on patients and their access to health care. The Ban Surprise Billing Act (H.R.5800) is a bipartisan agreement to protect patients from surprise medical bills. Here's what people are saying about this proposal: 23 Patient and Consumer Organizations: "The Ban Surprise Billing Act offers robust protections for a… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget Proposal

02.10.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House released its Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) budget priorities. "President Trump's budget proposal is another shocking demonstration of the administration's willingness to break its promises to the American people. Just two days after President Trump pledged that he would not cut Social Security or Medicare, the president released a FY 2021 budget proposal that cuts more than $1 trillion over the next deca… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Foxx Unveil Bipartisan Proposal to Ban Surprise Billing, Markup Scheduled Tuesday

02.07.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (NC-05) unveiled the Ban Surprise Billing Act, a bipartisan agreement to protect patients from devastating surprise bills. The Committee is scheduled to markup the legislation on Tuesday, February 11. "Patients across the country know the frustration, anxiety, and financial hardship that comes with a surprise medical bill," said Chairman Scott. "There is bipartisan agre… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on January Jobs Report

02.07.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 225,000 jobs in January with the unemployment rate at 3.6 percent. "During his State of the Union address, President Trump touted his administration's record on job creation, claiming that 'jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting.' Yet the economy added more private-sector jobs in the last 35 months of the Obama administration than … Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Celebrates the House Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

02.06.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act [224-194]. "Today, House Democrats advanced the most significant upgrade to U.S. labor law in 80 years. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act is a bold proposal that makes necessary changes to protect and strengthen workers' power in the workplace. "When workers have the power to stand together and form a union, they have higher pay, be… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Reacts to State of the Union

02.04.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to the State of the Union. "I am disappointed that President Trump's State of the Union address failed to offer meaningful solutions to the critical issues facing students, workers, and families across the country. "The president did not offer a serious plan to reverse the chronic underfunding of public education. Instead, he touted a $5 billion private school voucher program that would function as a tax break… Continue Reading

Scott, Trahan Seek Explanation for Education Department’s Scheme to Deny Full Debt Relief for Thousands of Defrauded Borrowers

02.03.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Representative Lori Trahan (MA-03) sent a letter to Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting documents and further information regarding the Department's deeply flawed partial relief formula and the Department's efforts to alter the formula. Two days before Secretary DeVos' testimony before the Committee, the Department unveiled a new formula to process claims by defrauded borrowers … Continue Reading

Congress Seeks Documents on Trump Administration’s Change to Longstanding Rules Protecting Federal Employees

01.23.20   WASHINGTON, DC -Today, Rep. Bobby Scott, the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) seeking documents and information about the change proposed to longstanding federal rules ensuring that federal employees who bring complaints for illegal employment discrimination may be accompanied by the representatives of their choice. "As the Ch… Continue Reading

House Health Leaders Call On HHS and DOL to Reduce Confusion and Financial Risks for Medicare-Eligible COBRA Beneficiaries

01.21.20   WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House committees with jurisdiction over health care sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia regarding challenges facing workers and retirees that can result in unexpected penalties and unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses. Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Energy and … Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on Proposed Rollback of School Nutrition Standards

01.17.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule to reverse nutrition standards for school meals. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule threatens the progress we've made toward improving nutrition in schools. The nutrition standards developed under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act were specifically designed to align with evidence-based dietary guidelines. By reversing those standa… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Question Education Department and Accreditor About Fake Universities Used to Entrap Foreign-National Students

01.16.20   Text of the Letter to Education Department (PDF) | Text of the Letter to Accreditor (PDF) Washington, DC - House Education and Labor Committee Vice Chair Andy Levin (D-Mich.), House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment Chair Susan Davis (D-Calif.); and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; sent letters to the Department of Education and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools an… Continue Reading

Bonamici Votes to Block DeVos Rule that Hurts Defrauded Students

01.16.20   WASHINGTON, DC - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Chair of the Education and Labor Committee's Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee, supported a House vote to block a Trump administration rule that would hurt students who have been defrauded by unscrupulous for-profit institutions. Hundreds of thousands of students, including thousands in Oregon, were left with burdensome loans and useless degrees after the collapse of Corinthian Colleges and other for-profit institutions… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Stands Up for Students, and Votes to Reverse Devos’ Harmful Borrower Defense Rule

01.16.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement as the House voted to pass H.J.Res.76. This resolution, House Democrats' first use of the Congressional Review Act, reverses the Department of Education's harmful Borrower Defense rule, which would deny debt relief to students defrauded by predatory colleges. "The students we are trying to protect are victims of widespread, proven fraud from predatory schools about graduation rates, job placement rates, and t… Continue Reading

House Democrats to NLRB: Protect Graduate Students’ Right to Organize

01.16.20   WASHINGTON - Today, led by Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), 35 House Democrats sent a letter to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) condemning the agency's proposed rule to strip students at private universities of their protections under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when they work for their school. The NLRB has denied the affected workers an opportunity to comment on this rule in a public hearing. In their letter to the NLRB, Members raised concerns that the proposed … Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Praises Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Older Workers Against Age Discrimination

01.15.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement as the House voted to pass H.R. 1230, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. The bipartisan legislation would restore protections for older workers by ensuring they have the same legal protections against age discrimination as those that exist for discrimination based on race, sex, nationality, and religion. "It has now been more than a decade since the Supreme Court heightened the bu… Continue Reading

Committee Advances Bipartisan Proposal to Strengthen Federal Support for Homeless Youth

01.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2019 (H.R. 5191)-a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act of 1974 and empower states to strengthen and expand services for young people suffering from homelessness. The bipartisan legislation is led by three Democrats - House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (KY-03), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-05) - … Continue Reading

Committee Advances Bipartisan Proposal to Secure Clear, Strong Protections for Pregnant Workers

01.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694), a bipartisan proposal to secure clear and strong protections for pregnant workers. The legislation guarantees pregnant workers' right to reasonable accommodations - such as extra bathroom breaks, relief from heavy lifting, and other minor job modifications that ensure they can continue working without jeopardizing their health or the health of their pregnancy. The bill is being led b… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Honors Courtney Everts Mykytyn

01.14.20   Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record to honor Courtney Everts Mykytyn, the founder of Integrated Schools, who died tragically late last year. "In 1954, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down lawful school segregation in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. In a unanimous decision, the Court stated, 'where the state has undertaken to provide it, [education] is a right which must be made available to… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott: DOL’s Joint Employer Rule Leaves Workers Vulnerable to Wage Theft

01.13.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor issued a final rule to narrow its interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act's joint employment standard. "The Fair Labor Standards Act's broad joint employment standard has long ensured that workers can hold multiple employers accountable for violating workplace rights and protections where the employee establishes that they are… Continue Reading

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