Press Releases

Chairman Scott Statement on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

06.17.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. "The City of Philadelphia lost in today's Supreme Court case because of technical issue in a contract. As a result, Philadelphia will have to give taxpayer money to a religiously-affiliated organization that may discriminate against potential foster parents. However, this decision was ultimately a victory, because moving forward th… Continue Reading


What They’re Saying: Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act

06.17.21   Washington, D.C. - Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), chairman of the House Education & Labor Committee, as well as Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reintroduced the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act, legislation that would double the Pell Grant award, index the award to inflation, and make other changes to expand the award for working students and fami… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Supreme Court Decision Protecting Affordable Care Act

06.17.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision in California v. Texas. "Today, the Supreme Court threw out yet another baseless lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court's decision will protect millions of Americans' access to affordable health care, secure coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, and maintain critical protections that patients rely on every day. "As we continue to confr… Continue Reading


Pocan, Scott, Hirono, Murray Introduce Bill to Double Pell Grant, Make College More Affordable

06.16.21   WASHINGTON - Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.), chairman of the House Education & Labor Committee, and Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, reintroduced the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act, legislation that would double the Pell Grant award, index the award to inflation, and make other changes to expand the award for working students and fami… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Biden’s ED Providing Thousands of Defrauded Borrowers Debt Relief

06.16.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Education Department announced new categories of borrower defense claims totaling $500 million in relief to 18,000 borrowers. "Today's announcement means that tens of thousands of defrauded student loan borrowers will finally be granted the debt relief that they are legally entitled to receive. It has been more than four years since the Department of Education (ED) first concluded that ITT Tech sch… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Biden-Harris Administration Move to Protect Students from Discrimination

06.16.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the Education Department's Notice of Interpretation that will prohibit schools receiving federal funds from discriminating against students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. "I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for taking this important step to strengthen protections against discrimination in schools. This announcement reflects our shared commitment to providing all … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Opening Statement at Hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra

06.16.21   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following opening statement at today's hearing, entitled "Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services," to discuss the Department of Health and Human Services budget request for Fiscal Year 2022. "Today, we are meeting to discuss the Department of Health and Human Services budget request for Fiscal Year 2022 and examine the Department's policies and pri… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Biden-Harris Administration for Preserving Access to School Meals

06.11.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Biden-Harris Administration withdrew a Trump-era proposal that would have terminated automatic eligibility for free school meals for roughly 1 million students. "When the Trump Administration first proposed denying 1 million children automatic eligibility for free school meals, I raised awareness of the severe impact of this rule and called on the Administration to abandon its counterproductive prop… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Emergency Temporary Standard

06.10.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after Department of Labor issued an Emergency Temporary Standard and additional guidance to protect workers from COVID-19. "The Emergency Temporary Standard issued today is a step in the right direction to protect health care workers from COVID-19. The ETS provides many nurses, doctors, and frontline workers in health care settings with enforceable workplace safety standards that address the severe risks of … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Opening Statement at Hearing with Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh

06.09.21   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following opening statement at today's hearing, entitled "Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor," to discuss the Department of Labor's budget request for Fiscal Year 2022. "Today, we are meeting to discuss the Department of Labor's budget request for Fiscal Year 2022 and examine the Department's priorities to support workers, job seekers, retirees, and their families… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on May Jobs Report

06.04.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 559,000 jobs in May with the unemployment rate at 5.8 percent. "Today's job report shows that the Biden-Harris economic plan is working and, if fully implemented, will produce a strong, shared recovery that benefits all Americans. The American Rescue Plan provided immediate relief to students, workers, families, and businesses and delivere… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Nomination of David Weil

06.03.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the nomination of David Weil as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. "The Biden-Harris Administration's nomination of Dr. David Weil signals that workers can expect the Department of Labor will have their backs at this critical moment in time. The intersection of a rapidly changing economy and a pandemic-fueled recession has left America's underpaid and … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Biden Budget Is a Blueprint for a Stronger Economy

05.28.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the release of President Biden's FY 2022 budget proposal. "The Biden-Harris FY 2022 budget is a blueprint for expanding opportunity and strengthening our economy. It proposes smart, significant investments in education, child care, health care, workforce training, and other key priorities that would improve the lives of Americans across the country. "The budget makes a strong commitment to a… Continue Reading


What They’re Saying: The Keeping All Students Safe Act

05.27.21   WASHINGTON- The most current data reveals that 101,990 students were subjected to seclusion or restraint in the United States during the 2017-18 school year, 78 percent of whom were students with disabilities and disproportionately Black boys. Representatives Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.), Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Don Beyer (D-Va.) and A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) and Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Edu… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Bills to Protect Nursing Mothers and Older Workers

05.26.21   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee advanced two bills to combat workplace discrimination, the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (HR. 3110) and the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) (H.R. 2062). The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act ensures nursing mothers are provided the time and privacy they need to pump at work to keep themselves and their infants healthy. The bipartisan bill is supported by worker advocates, civil rights and public he… Continue Reading


Scott, Beyer, McEachin, Murphy, Murray Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Students from Dangerous Seclusion and Restraint Practices

05.26.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.), House Committee on Education and Labor, Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.), Representative Donald McEachin (D-Va.), Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R.3474) legislation to protect students from dangerous seclusion and restraint discipline practices in school. The Keeping All Students Safe … Continue Reading


Scott Praises Biden Administration Steps to Strengthen Higher Education for Students and Taxpayers

05.24.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Education announced its intention to begin revising a broad set of higher education policies that determine students' access to debt forgiveness programs and strengthen accountability standards for institutions participating in federal student aid. "Quality higher education programs open doors of opportunity for millions of students and serve as a powerful engine for American prosperi… Continue Reading


Secretary Walsh, House and Senate Democratic Leaders Stress Importance of Child Care Proposal in American Families Plan

05.20.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, were joined by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh at a press event to highlight the urgent need for Congress to enact the child care proposal in the American Families Plan. The event - which also featured Democratic Women's Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Lois Frankel (D-F… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott to Biden Administration: The Honor System Does Not Protect Workers

05.18.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement calling for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to do its job to protect workers from COVID-19. National Nurses United and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union released statements citing concerns with the impact of CDC's new guidance on workers. "One clear lesson from the last 16 months is that the honor system does not protect workers from COVID-19 infections. OSHA's decis… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Remarks Honoring 67th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

05.17.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) gave the following remarks to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education at the American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice webinar, entitled "Brown at 67: Reflecting and Reimagining." "Thank you all for inviting me today to join this important discussion. "In the 67 years since Brown v. Board of Education, the Education and Labor Committee has played a key r… Continue Reading

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