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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: 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


Democratic Leaders Applaud Pension Protection Legislation in Latest COVID-19 Relief Package

02.09.21   WASHINGTON - Today, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded the inclusion of legislation to protect retirees' pensions in the COVID-19 relief package. "Among its many devastating consequences, COVID-19 has further jeopardized already struggling pensi… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Releases Ed & Labor Budget Reconciliation Bill Text

02.08.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the Education and Labor Committee's portion of the FY21 budget reconciliation bill, which enacts President Biden's American Rescue Plan. Under the FY21 budget resolution passed by the House and Senate last week, the Committee was instructed to propose more than $300 billion in relief for students, educators, workers, and families. "More than a year after the COVID-19 case was confirmed in the U.S., we are still losing thousa… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on President Biden’s Announcement of National Strategy to Fight the Pandemic, Protect Workers from COVID-19

01.21.21   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after President Biden announced the administration's National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, which includes guidance directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to determine the necessity of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and, if needed, to issue such a standard by March 15. Over the last year, Chairman Scott and Comm… Continue Reading


House Democrats to Introduce Legislation to Protect Retirees’ Pensions Amid COVID-19 Crisis

01.20.21   WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-1), Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11), and Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25) will introduce legislation to shield workers, retirees, employers, and taxpayers from the devastating consequences of the multiemployer pension crisis. The Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act (EEPRA) of 2021 (H.R. 423) would prevent the imminent collapse of failing multiemployer plans and… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on White House’s Inadequate Proposal for COVID-19 Relief

10.11.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement regarding the White House's latest coronavirus relief offer. "The erratic behavior coming from the White House this week is a perfect example of why it has been so difficult to negotiate relief for the American people. The Trump administration fundamentally does not grasp the urgency or scale of this crisis. And the latest proposal - which falls woefully short of providing meaningful relief for students, wo… Continue Reading


Senate and House Democrats Demand Answers from Secretary Scalia on Labor Department’s Involvement in Weakening COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance For Nation’s Largest Meatpacking Plant

10.07.20   WASHINGTON -In a letter to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia, Senate and House Democrats requested information regarding his Department's involvement in the watering down of Centers for Disease Control recommendations to a South Dakota meatpacking plant that experienced a major COVID-19 outbreak. The letter was sent by House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chair Alma Adams (NC-12), Senate Employment… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on President Trump Ending Coronavirus Relief Negotiations

10.06.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott released the following statement after President Trump announced he is walking away from negotiations on any further coronavirus relief until after the 2020 election. "President Trump's unwillingness to continue negotiations to provide much needed relief to the American people is just another example of this administration needlessly playing politics with the lives of students, workers, and families. "Over the last several months, the COVI… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Passage of Heroes Act 2.0

10.01.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott released the following statement after the House voted to pass an updated version of the Heroes Act. "House Democrats first passed the Heroes Act over four months ago because we have the responsibility to help our constituents recover from this global health emergency. Since then, the need has only grown. "State and local governments are still facing massive budget shortfalls, and without federal support, these shortfalls will slash public … Continue Reading


House Democrats Release Updated Version of The Heroes Act

09.28.20   WASHINGTON - House Democrats today released an updated version of The Heroes Act, addressing needs that have developed since the House passed an earlier iteration and reflecting negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. The $2.2 trillion legislation protects lives, livelihoods and the life of our democracy. To address needs that have arisen since the House first acted, the updated legislation includes: Strong support for small businesses, by improving the Paycheck Protection Program t… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Education Department Finally Agreeing to Comply with the CARES Act

09.25.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Education said it would not appeal three federal court rulings that found its formula for distributing CARES Act emergency education aid violated the law. "For more than four months, the Department of Education ignored the clear text of CARES Act in an attempt to unlawfully divert funding away from low-income students in public schools. As a result, the Department forced cash-strapped… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Applauds Key Child Nutrition Provisions in Continuing Resolution

09.22.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to the final text of the Continuing Resolution, which extended and expanded key child nutrition measures. "The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered several parallel crises for communities and industries across this country, but few are as urgent as the current child hunger crisis. Despite the two substantial COVID-19 relief packages that Congress passed in the early weeks of the pandemic, as many as 17… Continue Reading


Pelosi Statement on Amicus Brief in District Court Case Protecting Education Funding for Students

09.10.20   WASHINGTON- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the House of Representatives filed an amicus brief in the case of Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. v. Betsy DeVos, opposing the Department of Education's illegal attempt to divert CARES Act money from public schools to private schools: "Across the country, families have great angst about the health and well-being of their children, as students are going back to school and the coronavirus continues to rage. In the sprin… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Assessments and Funding Are Needed to Address Achievement Gaps

09.03.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos sent a letter to states regarding their obligation to administer statewide assessments of students' academic progress for the 2020-2021 school year. "I appreciate the Education Department's decision to preserve the responsibility of all schools to conduct statewide assessments of students' progress during the 2020-21 school year, as the law requires. There… Continue Reading

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