Press Releases

Scott Statement on Ruling in Harvard Affirmative Action Case

10.01.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a district judge in Boston upheld Harvard's admissions process in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard Corporation. "The District Court's decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard Corporation affirms the constitutionality of admissions policies that recognize that there is a compelling interest in advancing a diverse student body. There is extensive research that diverse campuses expand acce… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Revisions to OSHA’s Beryllium Standards for Construction and Shipyards

09.27.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that it is vacating the June 27, 2017, proposed rule to roll back protections for construction and maritime workers from exposure to beryllium. That proposal would have eliminated ancillary protections that had been included in OSHA's final beryllium standards issued on January 9, 2017. The compliance date for the ancillary… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Bold Proposal to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize

09.25.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, a bold proposal to ensure American workers can organize and negotiate for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. In response to rising income inequality that is leaving workers and middle-class families behind, the PRO Act would empower millions of Americans to stand together and negotiate for a fair share of the profits they produce. A recent study … Continue Reading


All Committee Democrats to Secretary Perdue: Proposed Rule Strips Free School Meals from More Than 500,000 Low-Income Children

09.24.19   WASHINGTON - All 28 Education and Labor Committee Democrats submitted a comment letter to the Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressing strong opposition to the Trump administration's proposed changes to eligibility standards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). According the administration's own analysis, its proposed changes to SNAP eligibility would eliminate access to free school meals for more than 500,000 low-income children, but that analysis was not made avail… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: New Overtime Rule Leaves Millions of Middle-Class Workers Behind

09.24.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor published a final rule to raise the overtime salary threshold to $35,568 from $23,660. Under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), hourly workers and salaried workers who earn below a salary threshold set by the Department of Labor are automatically eligible for overtime pay of one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for any hours worked over 40 in a workweek. "American workers have not … Continue Reading


Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act: What People Are Saying

09.23.19   WASHINGTON - The Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act, introduced by Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is a direct investment in the training and employment advancement opportunities for America's direct care workers. Here's what experts are saying: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO: "We suppo… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Senate GOP Blocking Funding for HBCUs and other Minority-Serving Institutions

09.19.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked an attempt by Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) to pass the FUTURE Act by unanimous consent. "The FUTURE Act preserves critical funding for Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions that expands opportunities in communities throughout the country. The House of Representatives did its job by passing the FUTURE ACT earlier this week, and I am disappoi… Continue Reading


Scott, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Support Direct Care Workers

09.19.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Representative Susie Lee (NV-03), along with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), introduced legislation to invest in and support direct care workers. The Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act (H.R. 4397) invests in training and employment advancement opportunities for America's direct care workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mor… Continue Reading


Education and Labor Committee Approves Bill to Help Address Impact of School Shootings on Students and Teachers

09.18.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor approved the School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act, legislation to establish a definition of "school shooting" in federal law and collect data on school shootings, which will help measure and address the impact of gun violence on children and educators. "The Committee has a responsibility to advance evidence-based legislation that ensures the safety of our schools," said Chairman Bobby Scott at today's markup. "This is a small, but … Continue Reading


Education and Labor Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act

09.18.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor approved the Dignity in Aging Act (H.R. 4334), a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). H.R. 4334 increases funding for vital programs that help aging Americans live independently and with dignity. The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally passed in 1965, is the primary legislation that covers social and nutrition services for older Americans and their caregivers. The Dignity in Aging Act responds to the challen… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Passage of FUTURE Act to Provide Extended Funding for HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs

09.17.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the House voted to pass the FUTURE Act, a bipartisan proposal to preserve funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges or Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The legislation extends funding for these institutions that was set to expire on September 30, 2019. "The funding that supports Minority-Serving Institutions is the only program authorized in the Higher Education Act that expires if it is… Continue Reading


Bonamici, Lee, Wild Introduce Bipartisan Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

09.17.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services Chair Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03), and Congresswoman Susan Wild (PA-07) introduced the Dignity in Aging Act, H.R. 4334, a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) that increases funding for vital programs that help aging Americans live independently and with dignity. The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally passed in 1965, is the primary leg… Continue Reading


Committee Report Highlights Inequitable Funding for HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs

09.12.19   WASHINGTON - A report released this morning by the Committee on Education and Labor highlights the chronic underfunding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The report, titled "Investing in Economic Mobility: The Important Role of HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs in Closing Racial and Wealth Gaps in Higher Education" pulls together a mountain of evidence showing that greater federal investment in HBCUs, T… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on EEOC Decision to Abandon Collection of Data on Racial, Gender Pay Gap

09.12.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Notice of Information Collection on the EEO-1 report. The Notice abandons an Obama-era initiative to expand the EEO-1 data collection, known as Component 2, to include data on race and gender pay disparities. "The 2016 revisions to the EEO-1 report (Component 2) are necessary for the enforcement of our nation's anti-discrimination laws. The expanded pay data… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on August Jobs Report

09.06.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 130,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent. "Despite a consistently low unemployment rate, today's jobs report adds to extensive evidence showing that millions of Americans are suffering from inadequate wage growth in an economy that is simply not working for everyone. Moreover, President Trump's needless trade war with China ha… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on the Retirement of Congresswoman Susan Davis

09.05.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the retirement of Chair Susan Davis (CA-53), Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment. "Throughout her nearly two decades representing California's 53rd Congressional District, Congresswoman Susan Davis has been an effective and tireless advocate for her constituents. Through her leadership on this committee, she has championed efforts to strengthen registered apprenticeship programs, make college more … Continue Reading


GAO Report Reveals Education Department’s Failure to Implement Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

09.05.19   WASHINGTON - A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today reveals that the Department of Education is denying 99 percent of student borrowers applying for loan forgiveness under the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (TEPSLF). Congress established the emergency TEPSLF program last year in response to extremely high denial rates for the original Public Loan Service Forgiveness (PSLF) program, giving the Department specific instructions to simplify and exp… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Department of Education’s Final Borrowers Defense Rule

08.30.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education released a final Borrowers Defense rule. "The Trump administration's Borrowers Defense rule is the latest example of this Department's erosion of consumer protections for student borrowers. Rather than supporting students cheated out of their education, the administration created a gratuitously complex, individualized process for evaluating claims that will shield predatory schools from a… Continue Reading


VIDEO RELEASE: House Democrats to Senate: It’s Time to Pass the Raise the Wage Act

08.30.19   WASHINGTON - This Labor Day weekend, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and House Democrats are challenging the Senate to act and pass the Raise the Wage Act. On July 18th, the House overwhelming passed the bill on a bipartisan basis. The Raise the Wage Act would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025, give up to 33 million Americans a raise, and lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty. "Over the last six months, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have bloc… Continue Reading


Over 125 House Democrats to DOL: Changes to Apprenticeship System Violate the Law

08.26.19   The Members are requesting a 60-day extension of the public comment period. WASHINGTON - Today, led by Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), over 125 House Democrats sent a letter to the Department of Labor regarding its proposed changes to the apprenticeship system. In the letter, the Members express deep concern over the Department's proposal to establish an al… Continue Reading

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