Press Releases

House Democrats to Labor Secretary Scalia: Uphold Protections for Tipped Workers

12.11.19   WASHINGTON - Today, led by Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41), House Democrats sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia condemning the Department's proposed changes to tip regulations that the Economic Policy Institute estimates could cost workers more than $700 million annually. For nearly three decades, the Department of Labor enforced guidance, commonly referred to as the "80-20 r… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Department of Education’s New Formula for Denying Defrauded Borrowers Full Debt Relief

12.10.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education released a revised formula for providing partial loan relief to defrauded borrowers under the Borrower Defense rule. "Under the Borrower Defense rule, the Department of Education has the clear authority to provide full debt relief to students defrauded by their college. Rather than simply exercising that authority and providing life-changing relief to defrauded borrowers, the Department… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Passage of FUTURE Act

12.10.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the House voted to pass the FUTURE Act, a bipartisan proposal to authorize permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges or Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The legislation, which comes after months of negotiation between House and Senate leaders, provides more than $250 million in mandatory funding per year for these institutions. It also facilitates stronger cooperation between … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on November Jobs Report

12.06.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 266,000 jobs in November with the unemployment rate at 3.5 percent. "Today's jobs report illustrates the central challenge facing our economy. Even as the unemployment rate hits a 50-year low, wage growth for American workers remains modest. It is notable that after a decade of consistent economic expansion, working families across the country are still … Continue Reading


Scott, Pallone, and Neal Announce Lower Drug Costs Now Act’s Historic Investment in Medicare and Search for New Cures

12.05.19   WASHINGTON- Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (NJ-06), and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (MA-01) released the following joint statement today announcing the historic investments in Medicare and the search for new cures that will be included in H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act when it goes to the House floor for a vote next week. "When the House of Representatives takes up the… Continue Reading


New GAO Report Shows Significant Income, Racial Barriers to Accessing Rights for Students with Disabilities

12.03.19   WASHINGTON - A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today reveals the dramatic effect of income and race on access to legal protections for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The report, which collected new data on dispute resolution under IDEA-a process that provides parents with the opportunity to raise due process complaints with their child's education-found that parents of low-income students and students of color are f… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Praises Passage of Legislation to Protect Health Care and Social Service Employees from Workplace Violence

11.21.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the House voted to pass H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, a proposal to protect health care and social workers from workplace violence. The bipartisan legislation forces the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a standard requiring employers to implement violence prevention plans, which are proven to reduce workplace violence. In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that health care … Continue Reading


H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act: What People Are Saying

11.21.19   H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, is a bipartisan proposal to protect health care and social workers from workplace violence by forcing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a standard requiring employers to implement violence prevention plans, which are proven to reduce workplace violence. Here's what health care providers, worker safety advocates, and labor unions are saying about H.R. 1309: American Coll… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Department of Labor Abandoning Proposed Changes to Child Labor Laws

11.20.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor abandoned its proposed rule to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to operate patient lifts in health care settings. "The Department of Labor's decision to abandon its rollback of child labor protections is a victory for the safety of workers and patients. This proposal ignored expert warnings about the danger of allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to use patient lifts without supervision. Instead, the Depar… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on HHS Rule to Undermine Civil Rights

11.19.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a rule to undermine nondiscrimination provisions in federally funded health and social service programs. "This proposal to remove some of the nondiscrimination standards for both secular and religious HHS grantees is the Administration's latest attempt to weaken civil rights protections in federally funded programs. Under … Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Condemn Education Department Proposal to Eliminate Collection of Critical Civil Rights Data

11.19.19   WASHINGTON - Committee Democrats sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos condemning the Department's proposed changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), which would eliminate collection of data that are critical in addressing the inequities in America's education system. The proposal to limit collection of data by race, gender, and disability status would also hinder the ability of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to enforce civil rights laws, leaving children of … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Secretary DeVos Agreeing to Provide Documents Regarding Refusal to Provide Debt Relief to Defrauded Students

11.14.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education agreed to provide documents - which had first been requested in November 2018 - regarding its refusal to provide debt relief to defrauded students under Borrower Defense. "For the past year, we have been asking the Department to explain why they are refusing to provide debt relief to more than 210,000 defrauded borrowers. Late tonight, the Department fi… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Partial Relief for Dream Center Students “Falls Well Short” of What Defrauded Borrowers Deserve

11.08.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education agreed to expand eligibility for closed school discharge to only a small portion of students defrauded by Dream Center, a defunct for-profit college chain. "Over the past several months, the Committee presented clear evidence that the Department of Education and Dream Center schools knew that the for-profit chain was on the verge of closure but failed to notify existing and potential Dream… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Allegation DOL Illegally Diverted Funding from Successful Apprenticeship Program

11.06.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to a press report alleging that the Department of Labor illegally diverted taxpayer money away from successful Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs to fund Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), an unproven concept that would weaken quality standards and worker protections. "We have repeatedly asked the Department of Labor about allegations that it misused money that Congress allocated for Reg… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Call on Trump Administration: Abandon Proposal that Jeopardizes Access to School Meals for Nearly 1 Million Children

11.04.19   WASHINGTON - All 28 Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee submitted a second letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to abandon its proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would result in nearly one million children losing automatic access to free school meals. The letter was submitted after the USDA was forced to reopen a public comment period because it failed to publish internal estimate… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Threatens to Subpoena Secretary DeVos to Testify About Department’s Refusal to Provide Debt Relief to Defrauded Students

11.01.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos threatening to subpoena her testimony after she declined a formal invitation to appear at a Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday, November 19. The hearing will examine the Department's refusal to provide debt relief to nearly 60,000 students who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges, a defunct for-profit college chain. "I was disappointed that you reje… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on October Jobs Report

11.01.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 128,000 jobs in October with the unemployment rate at 3.6 percent. "Today's report- combined with other recent economic data - raises more questions about the impact of the Trump administration's policies on the American economy. Despite 108 consecutive months of private-sector job growth (75 of which were under the Obama administration) wages for Ameri… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Department of Education’s Final Accreditation Rule

10.31.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education issued final changes to federal requirements on institution accreditation. "Students and parents view college accreditation as a seal of approval from the federal government. By rolling back standards for accreditors, the Department is undermining a key driver of institutional accountability, further exposing students and taxpayers to fraud and abuse at the hands of low-quality schools. … Continue Reading


Committee Advances Comprehensive Legislation to Lower the Cost of College

10.31.19   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and Labor advanced the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674) - a comprehensive proposal to lower the cost of college, improve the quality of higher education through stronger accountability, and expand opportunity by providing students the support they need to succeed. The bill, which incorporates more than 30 bipartisan proposals, was advanced on a party-line vote (28-22) with unanimous Democratic support. "A quality, college degree remains the su… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Asks Secretary DeVos to Testify About Education Department’s Refusal to Provide Debt Relief to Defrauded Students

10.29.19   WASHINGTON - Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) formally invited Secretary DeVos to testify before the Committee on Tuesday, November 19, to discuss the Department's refusal to provide debt relief to nearly 60,000 students who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges, a defunct for-profit college chain. Following the 2015 collapse of Corinthian Colleges, the Obama administration issued the Borrowers Defense rule that ensured defrauded students would not be held responsible … Continue Reading

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