Press Releases

What People Are Saying: Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act

06.22.20   WASHINGTON - The Reopen and Rebuild America's Schools Act, which was included in the Moving Forward Act infrastructure package, invests $130 billion targeted at high-poverty schools with facilities that endanger the health and safety of students and educators. This investment will help students get back to school and create over 2 million jobs to help workers get back to work. Here's what people are saying about it: 21st Century School Fund Executive Director Mary Filardo: "We applaud the lead… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Opening Statement at Hearing Examining Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Racial Inequality

06.22.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Scott delivered the following opening statement at today's hearing entitled, "Inequities Exposed: How COVID-19 Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce." "Today, we are discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating racial inequalities in education, labor, and health, and the steps Congress must take to address these disparities. "A mountain of evidence has made it clear that, to effectively respond to the pandemic, we must address the wid… Continue Reading

House Democrats Introduce H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act

06.22.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), joined by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva, released the text of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward… Continue Reading

Committee Holds Virtual Briefing on Relaunching America’s Public Workforce System After COVID-19

06.18.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor held a virtual briefing to discuss rebuilding America's public workforce system as the nation endures a deep recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public workforce system funds job training and career navigation support, wraparound services, and helps employers avoid layoffs through supporting the financing of on-the-job training and incumbent worker training. The panelists and Members discussed how our chronically underfunded public… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Remarks at Moving Forward Act Press Conference

06.18.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks at a press event with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders about the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), which includes the Rebuild and Reopen America's Schools Act. "Thank you, Speaker Pelosi and thank you for your hard work and dedication on all of the issues, especially infrastructure. I want to thank our other Chairs for their leadership. "I know I speak for students, parents, and educators acro… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Condemns Secretary DeVos for Robbing Vulnerable Students of Emergency Aid

06.15.20   WASHINGTON - In a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) expressed deep concern about the Department's attempts to prevent millions of students from getting the emergency relief Congress provided under the CARES Act. The CARES Act, passed on March 27, allocated more than $14 billion in emergency aid to institutions, half of which was intended to provide direct emergency financial aid to students. On April 21, t… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott on Landmark Decision to Secure Employment Protections for LGBTQ

06.15.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ individuals cannot be denied employment due to sexual orientation or gender identity. "The Supreme Court's decision affirms that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits the unlawful workplace discrimination on the basis of sex. With today's landmark decision, the Court relied on precedent to make clear that gender-based discrimination against workers includes sex… Continue Reading

Democratic Health Leaders Reassert Request to Trump Administration to Help Uninsured and Underinsured

06.15.20   WASHINGTON - Bicameral Democratic Health Committee leaders wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma today to reassert their request for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to help the millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans sign up for health insurance coverage amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to estimates, more than 20 million Americans who recently lost their e… Continue Reading

Top Educator: Without More Funding for Public Education, Schools Can’t Safely Reopen After COVID-19

06.15.20   WASHINGTON - During today's full Committee hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic's devastating impact on public education, Becky Pringle, Vice President of National Education Association, cautioned that without increased investment in state and local funding for public education, our nation's students cannot return to school safely. The hearing focused on how existing inequities and achievement gaps have been exacerbated by the pandemic, causing the nation's most vulnerable students to fall further… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Opening Statement at Hearing Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education

06.15.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Scott delivered the following opening statement at today's hearing entitled, "Budget Cuts and Lost Learning: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education." "Before I deliver opening remarks, let me first acknowledge the recent protests against police misconduct and in favor of racial equity and justice across the nation and the world. The times are demanding that we address this country's centuries-old challenge. With today's hearing, we can be prepared to answe… Continue Reading

House Health Committee Chairs Blast Trump Administration’s Attack on ACA’s Nondiscrimination Protections

06.12.20   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), and Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement today after the Trump Administration finalized a discriminatory rule overturning key health programs and nondiscrimination protections for marginalized populations, including LGBTQIA+ people, women, individuals with disabilitie… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott: Court of Appeals Ruling Ignores Evidence that OSHA is Failing to Protect Workers

06.11.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a federal court ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had "reasonably determined" that workers do not need an enforceable emergency workplace safety standard, or "Emergency Temporary Standard," to protect them against infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Today's U.S. Court of Appeals ruling ignores the overwhelming evidence that COVID-19 represents a 'grave' danger to workers and tha… Continue Reading

Committee Holds Virtual Briefing on Union Elections Amid COVID-19

06.10.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor held a virtual briefing on the challenges to union representation elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing, entitled "Obstacles to Union Elections in the Era of COVID-19," focused on how President Trump's appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are actively blocking workers from exercising their basic right to form a union and negotiate for safer workplaces, paid sick leave, and other critical protections. Th… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on May Jobs Report

06.05.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 2.5 million jobs in May with the unemployment rate at 13.3 percent. "Today's jobs report is evidence of Congress' strong initial response to this crisis, but it does not diminish the devastating and unprecedented scale of the economic hardship facing workers and families across the country. On average since this crisis began, weekly unemployment claims… Continue Reading

Committee Holds Virtual Briefing on Building a Contact Tracing Workforce

06.04.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor held a virtual briefing to examine Congress' role to support a qualified, strong, community-based contract tracing workforce. The briefing, entitled "Building A Community-Based Contact Tracing Workforce," focused on the need for a robust contact tracing workforce and how the public workforce system can support the recruitment and training of contact tracers. The briefing featured Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the K.T. Li Professor of Global Health… Continue Reading

GAO Report: More than Half of School Districts Need Significant Building Repairs; Ventilation Systems Are Major Concern

06.04.20   WASHINGTON - A new report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that more than half of America's public school districts are in need of significant repairs to their school facilities. According to the report - which was the GAO's first study of school infrastructure needs since 1996 - 54 percent of school districts across the country must replace or update major systems in more than half their buildings. Notably, GAO found that Heating, Ventilation, and Air Con… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Trump Vetoing Bipartisan Resolution to Protect Students from Predatory Schools

05.29.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump vetoed legislation, passed in March, to reverse the Department of Education's Borrower Defense rule. The Department's rule would deny debt relief to students defrauded by predatory colleges. "Earlier this year, Democrats and Republicans came together to block Secretary DeVos' Borrower Defense rule that shields predatory schools from accountability and denies relief to student borrowers who… Continue Reading

Head of Federal Worker Safety Agency Refuses to Say Whether COVID-19 Is a Grave Danger to American Workers

05.29.20   WASHINGTON - During yesterday's Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing, Chairwoman Alma Adams (NC-12) asked Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt if the COVID-19 pandemic "presents a grave danger to workers." Ms. Sweatt, who leads the federal agency responsible for the safety of U.S. workers, refused to answer. COVID-19 has caused more deaths among workers in a shorter period of time than any other health emergency sin… Continue Reading

Rep. Bonamici Asks OSHA Director Why Agency Has Issued Only One COVID-19 Related Safety Citation

05.28.20   WASHINGTON - During today's Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) asked Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt to explain why the agency has issued only one COVID-19 workplace safety citation during the worst worker safety crisis in recent history. The sole citation was for recordkeeping. Though OSHA is not tracking nationwide workplace infections, incomplete data show that tens of thousa… Continue Reading

Rep. Andy Levin Challenges OSHA To Do Its Job and Protect Workers from COVID-19

05.28.20   WASHINGTON - During today's Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing, Rep. Andy Levin (MI-09) challenged Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt over the agency's refusal to proactively issue an emergency standard amid the worst worker safety crisis in OSHA's 50-year history. "If your agency inspects workplaces only after a worker has died, you are not preventing workplace infections." To date, federal OSHA has received rou… Continue Reading

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