Press Releases

Reps. Fudge, Scott Send Letter to USDA Requesting Clarification of Pandemic EBT Guidelines

09.03.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, and Bobby Scott (VA-3), Chair of the Education and Labor Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting immediate action to correct the Department's recent Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program guidelines. The Members expressed concern the Department's guidance is misleading and includes requirements that will resu… Continue Reading


Scott, Norton Demand Support for Local Schools to Keep Kids Safe and Learning

09.03.20   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-At Large) hosted a press call for regional reporters today demanding the Senate act to support local schools and provide the resources they need to keep students safe and protect against potentially devastating cuts to state education budgets. The House passed funding to support local schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic more than 100 days ago. But the Republican Senate Leader Mit… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: PPP Reports Show Disturbing Imbalance Between Private and Public School Emergency Funding

09.01.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement following a pair of reports produced that found private schools received billions of dollars through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act. A report by Covid Stimulus Watch found that private schools received as much as $4.5 billion under PPP, and a separate report by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budgetprojected that roughly $6 billion went to private and charter schools. "These… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds USDA’s Reversal on School Meal Waivers

08.31.20   WASHINGTON -Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s decision to extend waivers allowing states and schools the flexibility to more easily operate emergency summer meal programs until December 31, 2020. The announcement came days after USDA told Congress that it did not have the authority or money to extend the waivers. "After a summer in which as many as 17 million children went hungry, the federal govern… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Stabenow Denounce USDA Inaction to Provide School Meals to Children

08.26.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and Labor, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reverse its decision and take action to provide healthy meals to students for the duration of the school year. "The Department's refusal to extend all school meal waivers is inconsistent and baffling during this national crisis, especially consi… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Asks Secretary DeVos to Stop Misusing Emergency Education Funding, Again

08.24.20   WASHINGTON - Today, in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) expressed strong opposition to the Department's newest plan to misuse CARES Act emergency education funding in way that violates the intent of the law. Specifically, Chairman Scott criticized the Department's plan to divert funds meant for local educational agencies and institutions of higher education to support the Trump administration's political age… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Federal Court Blocking DeVos’ Equitable Services Rule

08.22.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after a federal court blocked an interim final rule issued by the Department of Education that redirects COVID-19 relief funding from high-poverty public schools toward services for students in private schools, regardless of their wealth. "Last night, a federal judge affirmed the position of many Democrats and Republicans in finding that the Education Department is violating both the letter and spirit of the … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: USDA Refusal to Extend Waivers Will Increase Child Hunger

08.20.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to a letter from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue stating that the Department will not extend waivers that allowed states and schools to more seamlessly operate emergency summer meal programs. The waivers - which expire at the end of August - allow schools to locate food service sites in more accessible locations and serve all children, regardless of paperwork. "… Continue Reading


Scott, Finkenauer, Coons, Murray, Bicameral Group of Colleagues Urge HHS, CDC To Offer COVID-19 Guidance to Child Care Providers

08.17.20   WASHINGTON - House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and Representative Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa), Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), along with led 87 of their colleagues on a letter to the Office of Child Care at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting more detailed public health guidance to support the child care sector during and fo… Continue Reading


Following Deadly Beirut Explosion, Labor Leaders Call on OSHA to Update Ammonium Nitrate Standard

08.17.20   WASHINGTON - Three members of the House Committee on Education and Labor wrote to Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia today calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to update its standards to protect American workers and communities from catastrophic explosions like the recent tragic events in Beirut and in West, Texas in 2013. The Beirut ammonium nitrate explosion has killed over 200 people and the West Fertilizer explosion killed 15, including 12 emergency responders. … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Stabenow Urge USDA to Take Action to Provide School Meals to Children in Need

08.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use its full authority to provide healthy meals to students for the duration of the school year. In the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Congress granted authority to the USDA to provide w… Continue Reading


Scott, Bonamici Ask GAO to Examine Access to Support for People with Disabilities Experiencing Domestic Violence

08.12.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services Chair Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting the agency examine the accessibility of federal resources for people with disabilities experiencing domestic violence. In the letter, the Members note that one in three adults, including those with disabilities, have experienced domestic violence, and in… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Independent Watchdog Report Reveals Administration Is Improperly Denying Workers Paid Leave During Pandemic

08.11.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to a report from the Department of Labor's Inspector General that found the Department's implementation of the paid leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act needlessly excluded too many workers. The report also finds the Department has not developed a clear plan to enforce paid leave protections. "The Department of Labor Inspector General's report confirms that the Trump adm… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Asks Department of Education Watchdog to Investigate Department Role in Dream Center Misconduct

08.10.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to the Department of Education Office of Inspector General (OIG) requesting an investigation into the Department's role in the misconduct of Dream Center Education Holdings, a for-profit higher education company that actively defrauded students and taxpayers. The request follows a report released by the Committee on Education and Labor, which indicates that Under Secretary Diane Auer Jones -… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Student Loan Executive Order

08.08.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the President Trump's executive order that freezes federal student loan payments and interest until December 31, 2020. "President Trump's executive order does nothing to address the crisis facing our education system. It does nothing to help state and local governments avoid deep cuts to public education, which could be as high as $300 billion over the next two years. It does nothing to help s… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on July Jobs Report

08.07.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 1.8 million jobs in July with the unemployment rate at 10.2 percent. "Today's jobs report clearly defines the stakes of the current negotiations over the next COVID-19 relief package. The American economy has lost 12.9 million jobs since February, and this is the 20th consecutive week in which more than 1 million Americans filed initial unemployment cla… Continue Reading


Democrats Demand Trump Administration Rescind Proposals Leaving Workers’ Retirement Savings at Risk

08.07.20   WASHINGTON - Yesterday, in a letter to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) led 24 Democrats in opposing the Department's retirement investment advice rules. T… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Joins Democrats in Urging House, Senate Leadership to Exclude Corporate Immunity in COVID-19 Relief Package

08.06.20   WASHINGTON - In a letter to House and Senate leadership, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) joined more than 30 Members, led by Reps. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Matt Cartwright (PA-08), in calling for the exclusion of the sweeping corporate immunity provisions proposed by the Senate Republicans in the forthcoming COVID-19 relief package. In the letter, Members oppose proposals to establish broad liability shields for businesses that fail to protect workers an… Continue Reading


Democrats Demand Answers Regarding Secret NLRB Plan to Undermine Enforcement of Workers’ Rights

08.06.20   WASHINGTON - In letters to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman John Ring and General Counsel Peter Robb, Democratic leaders demanded answers regarding an undisclosed plan to restructure the NLRB in a way that will "undermine the NLRB's ability to fairly and effectively protect workers' rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)." The letters were sent by Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), House Committee on Education and Labor, Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Se… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Remarks at Joint COVID-19 Oversight Press Conference

08.06.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, delivered the following remarks during a press conference to discuss a joint Committee analysis on the Trump Administration's disastrous response to the coronavirus crisis and the urgent need for a national comprehensive plan. Chairman Scott was joined by Rep. James E. Clyburn, Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Comm… Continue Reading

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