Press Releases

Chairman Scott to Secretary Perdue: Release Internal Estimates Showing Impact of Proposed SNAP Changes on Free School Meals

07.29.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue raising concerns that the Department is concealing internal estimates regarding the impact of its proposed changes to eligibility for food assistance. The letter asks USDA to immediately make public its estimate that more than 500,000 low-income students would lose automatic eligibility for free school meals under its proposed Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the S… Continue Reading

Top Democrats File Amicus Brief Opposing the Unlawful Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

07.24.19   WASHINGTON - Top House Democrats filed an amicus brief in federal court this week opposing the Trump administration's unlawful expansion of association health plans (AHPs), which purposefully circumvents key consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit, which is hearing the administration's appeal of a district court ruling that the administration's attempt to expand is unlawful. In the brief, the Democr… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Praises Passage of Bipartisan Solution to the Multiemployer Pension Crisis

07.24.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass bipartisan legislation to protect the retirement benefits of more than one million Americans. H.R. 397, commonly known as the Butch Lewis Act, would help shield retirees, families, and communities from the potentially devastating consequences of the multiemployer pensions crisis. "Over the past few decades, construction workers, truck drivers, industrial bakers, coal miners, and other hardwork… Continue Reading

Scott, Adams Introduce Bill to Protect Future Benefits, Health Care for Miners with Black Lung Disease

07.23.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairwoman Alma Adams (NC-12), introduced the Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund Solvency Act of 2019 (H.R. 3876). This legislation would extend the black lung excise tax, which expired at the end of last year, to fund future benefits and health care for miners suffering from black lung disease. Without revenue from the tax, the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund is at… Continue Reading

Scott, Neal, and Peterson Oppose Administration’s Unilateral Proposal to Kick Millions off SNAP

07.23.19   WASHINGTON - Following the announcement of a proposed rule this morning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that would eliminate broad-based categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the Chairmen of the House Committees on Education and Labor, Ways and Means, and Agriculture issued statements on the potential of the rule to keep millions of Americans from the temporary food assistance they need. "Despite clear evidence that nutrition is critical to … Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Asks Education Department to Clarify Role in Collapse of For-Profit School

07.23.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing deep concern over the Department's role in the abrupt closure of Dream Center Education Holdings-a recently defunct, for-profit higher education company. The letter details newly obtained documents suggesting that the Department of Education enabled Dream Center to mislead students regarding the accreditation statu… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Celebrates the House Passage of the Raise the Wage Act

07.18.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which gradually raises the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. "Today, House Democrats took a major step toward raising wages for up to 33 million American workers. After more than 10 years with no increase in the federal minimum wage - the longest stretch in history - the minimum wage is now a poverty wage everywhere in America. The Raise the Wage Act reflects the basic i… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on Secretary Acosta’s Resignation

07.12.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned. "Given the serious questions about his handling of the Epstein case and his failure to take responsibility for his conduct, Mr. Acosta was no longer entitled to public confidence. Accordingly, he made the appropriate decision to step down. "However, Mr. Acosta's resignation does not absolve the Justice Department of its obligation to release a full review of t… Continue Reading

Scott Praises Ways and Means Committee for Advancing the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act

07.10.19   WASHINGTON - Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, released the following statement after the Ways and Means Committee advanced H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (Butch Lewis Act). "The multiemployer pension system faces an urgent crisis that is threatening the retirement security of over one million Americans. If Congress fails to act, retirees will see catastrophic reductions in their hard-earned pensions. Jobs will be lost. … Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on Oral Arguments in the Affordable Care Act Case

07.09.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on this afternoon's oral arguments in the Texas v. United States case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. "Today, Republican attorneys general and the Trump administration are once again asking a court to strip access to affordable health care for millions of Americans. Legal scholars from across the ideological spectrum agree that this latest challenge to Affordable Care Act is legally frivolous, but th… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on CBO Report

07.08.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office released its report on the impact of gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 over five years. "The Congressional Budget Office's report comes to a clear conclusion: The benefits of the Raise the Wage Act for America's workers far outweigh any potential costs. According to CBO's estimates, the Raise the Wage Act would give up to 27 million workers a raise, lift 1.3 million Americans o… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on June Jobs Report

07.05.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 224,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent. "Today's report is further evidence that the overall strength of the American economy is not trickling down to millions of American workers. Even though working-class and middle-class workers are better educated and more productive than ever, their wages have not kept up with the rising co… Continue Reading

Scott Statement on Final Gainful Employment Rule

06.28.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education released the final Gainful Employment rule. "Repealing - rather than revising or replacing - the Gainful Employment rule will prop up low-quality for-profit colleges at the expense of students and taxpayers. According to the Education Department's updated analysis, this decision will cost taxpayers $6.2 billion in federal financial aid, which will go to college programs that have failed to… Continue Reading

Top Democrats Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Collective Bargaining Rights for Public-Sector Union Members

06.26.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chair Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), and Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) introduced legislation to guarantee public service employees in every state the right to stand together and negotiate for fair wages and working conditions. Under the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act (PSFNA), H.R. 3463, public se… Continue Reading

Scott, Adams, and Kennedy and Over 40 House Democrats Call on Secretary Acosta to Abandon Joint Employment Proposal

06.26.19   WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), along with 44 House Democrats urged Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to withdraw a proposal that undermines joint employment standards under theFair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA). Joint employment standards under the FLSA help ensure tha… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott: Statement on Trump Apprenticeship Plan

06.24.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's release of its Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) proposal. "Registered Apprenticeship programs are proven to prepare workers for good-paying, middle-class jobs. The administration's proposal to establish a new unregistered apprenticeship program - which lacks sufficient accountability for meeting quality standards or ensuring the success of apprentices - diverts va… Continue Reading

Committee Postpones Hearing on Administration’s Proposed Closures and Privatization of the Civilian Conservation Centers in the Job Corps Program, Seeks More Information from Key Officials

06.24.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor announced it was postponing a scheduled hearing to examine the Trump administration's proposed changes to the Job Corps program. The decision was made following the administration's announcement that it would no longer move forward with a plan to close or transfer 25 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, and after administration officials made additional assurances to the Committee that there would be no coming changes to the USDA and D… Continue Reading

Eleven House Committee Chairs Blast Trump Administration’s Plan to Redefine Poverty That Threatens Assistance for Low-Income Families & Communities

06.21.19   WASHINGTON - Today, 11 House Committee chairs sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney in opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to redefine the poverty threshold-a move that would drastically shrink eligibility for public programs such as Medicaid, housing assistance, and free school meals. The Members note that, contrary to congressional intent and four decades of consistent policy, the administration is considering switching to a slower-growin… Continue Reading

Scott, Murray Ask Government Watchdog to Look at Fallout of Trump Administration’s Decision to Abandon Investor Protection Rule Following Fifth Circuit Order One Year Ago

06.21.19   Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, wrote to Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro, asking GAO to examine the fallout from the Department of Labor's (DOL) decision not to defend its fiduciary standard after a court decision struck it down-despite the fact that several previous rulings ha… Continue Reading

Chairman Scott Statement on Passage of Labor-HHS-Education Funding Package

06.19.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement following passage of the H.R. 2740, an FY 2020 appropriations minibus that includes four appropriations bills, including legislation funding the Departments of Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, and related agencies. The bill passed with only Democratic votes. "Today, House Democrats demonstrated our commitment to improving the lives of students, workers and families across the country. This funding package inclu… Continue Reading

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