Press Releases

Chairman Scott Opening Statement at Markup for Legislation to Keep Workers Safe and Protect Workers Against Discrimination

03.24.21   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following opening statement at today's markup for H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 1065, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and H.R. 1195, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. "Today, the Committee is marking up three bills that take important steps to keep workers safe and ensure basic fairness for workers across the country. These bills are H.R… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray Act to Undo Unfair, Anti-Worker Rule Favoring Employers in Workplace Discrimination Cases; Restore Fair Process for Workers to Enforce Their Rights

03.23.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and Labor, and Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, filed resolutions of disapproval against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) "conciliation" rule. This rule tips the scale in favor of employers within EEOC's process for settling claims the EEOC has already established have merit, making it harder for workers-tens of thousands of whom f… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds Biden Administration for “Lifechanging” Announcement on Borrower Defense Claims

03.18.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Education announced it would provide full debt relief to roughly 72,000 borrowers that were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute. "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 Educat… Continue Reading


Scott, Davis Lead Bipartisan Group of House Members to Introduce Bill Protecting Older Workers from Age Discrimination

03.18.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Rodney Davis (IL-13) led a bipartisan group in introducing the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), a proposal to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for older workers. They were joined by six Republicans and six Democrats, including Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee Chair Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chair … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Urges Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment

03.16.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks in favor of legislation that strengthens federal efforts to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA) provides greater funding and establishes new tools to combat the rising rates of child maltreatment over the past decade. "Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise in support of the Stronger Child Abuse Prev… Continue Reading


Scott, Murray, Hassan Release GAO Report on Retirement Cybersecurity Which Recommends Department of Labor Issue Guidance

03.15.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAOO) looking at the risk cybersecurity threats pose to retirement plans that serve over 100 million people. GAO conducted its investigation in response to an inquiry the Members sent in… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott, Chairwoman Adams Applaud Biden Proposal to Strengthen Protections for Workers

03.11.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairwoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after the Department of Labor proposed a withdrawal of Trump-era rules that would have given companies broad power to misclassify employees as independent contractors and use subcontractors to evade responsibility for upholding workers' rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act. "Today, the Biden Administration is once again delivering on … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott and Takano Celebrate Protections for Student Veterans in American Rescue Plan

03.10.21   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, which protects student veterans and taxpayers from low-quality for-profit colleges by closing the "90/10 loophole." Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott: "This American Rescue Plan takes a major step toward protecting student veteran… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: American Rescue Plan Expands Access to Affordable Health Care

03.10.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, which includes a version of Worker Health Coverage Protection Act that Chairman Scott introduced last year along with robust investments in the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. "The American Rescue Plan will expand access to affordable health care for millions of Americans during this global health pandemic. Because of the disastrous economic fa… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Celebrates Protections for Retirees in American Rescue Plan

03.10.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, which includes important provisions that he helped craft to address the multiemployer pension crisis and protect workers' retirement benefits. "The American Rescue Plan is a historic victory for more than 1 million retirees who have been at risk of losing everything they had worked so hard to save. Because of this relief package, construction wor… Continue Reading


Scott Praises Support for Higher Education in American Rescue Plan

03.10.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House voted to approve the American Rescue Plan, which provides nearly $40 billion for institutions of higher education. "The COVID-19 pandemic is causing severe financial hardship for institutions of higher education and the students they serve. The American Rescue Plan provides significant relief to help colleges weather the pandemic, including more than $800 million for Virginia institutions alo… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Celebrates K-12 Investments in American Rescue Plan

03.10.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan, which invests nearly $130 billion in K-12 education. "The American Rescue Plan is the most significant investment in K-12 education in generations. This relief package will provide schools the resources they need to comply with CDC guidelines, protect students and staff, and make up for lost time in the classroom. Throughout the past year, school l… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Calls for Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act

03.10.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks on the House floor in support of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act. "Passing this rescue plan will give schools the resources they need to comply with CDC guidelines to reopen safely and remain open and give the resources needed to make up for lost time in the classroom. "Passing this resc… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on House Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

03.09.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), by a vote of 225 to 206. "By passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act today, the House has taken a critical step to secure workers' right to join a union. "Labor unions are essential to rebuilding America's middle class and improving the lives of workers and their families. Unfortunately, over the past 70 years, un… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Urges Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

03.09.21   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) delivered the following remarks on the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021 (PRO Act) during a press conference hosted by the AFL-CIO. "The Protecting the Right to Organize Act is grounded in the basic idea that, in America, hard work should pay off. For generations, our nation's labor unions have ensured that workers receive a fair share of the profits they produce. "Unfortunately, union density has… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on February Jobs Report

03.05.21   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 379,000 jobs in February with the unemployment rate at 6.2 percent. "Even as we begin to see the end of this pandemic on the horizon, the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families, and businesses will be felt for years to come. Despite today's jobs report, the economy remains more than 9 million jobs behind where we were at t… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Government Watchdog Report on OSHA Enforcement Demonstrates Need for Emergency Workplace Safety Standard

03.02.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Labor Office of Investigator General released a report on OSHA enforcement and investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic. "For over a year now, I have called on the Department of Labor to issue an enforceable, emergency temporary standard to protect workers from contracting COVID-19. Yet, despite overwhelming pressure from Congress, workers, and public health experts, the previous ad… Continue Reading


Congressional Leaders Push CDC and OSHA to Address Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19

03.01.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressional leaders wrote a letter to the Biden administration urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to update ventilation and respiratory protection guidance and standards to address aerosol transmission of the COVID-19 virus. In the letter, the leaders praised the administration's science-based approach to defeating the virus but noted that recent expert findings show the CDC's existing gui… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on House Passage of the American Rescue Plan

02.27.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan, which provides urgent COVID-19 relief for students, workers, and families. "Today, the House of Representatives took a monumental step towards defeating the COVID-19 pandemic and creating a strong and shared recovery for our communities. "The American Rescue Plan provides schools with the resources they need to re-open safely, protect stude… Continue Reading


Nearly 500 Small Businesses Urge Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage

02.26.21   WASHINGTON - A coalition of nearly 500 businesses - including mom-and-pop small businesses, restaurants, large retailers, and manufacturers - have signed a statement urging Congress to pass the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. "We can't build a shared recovery and strong economy on a minimum wage that's too low to live on. Workers are also customers…Raising the minimum wage is a powerful way to boost the economy because it p… Continue Reading

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