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Scott, Murray Reintroduce Child Care for Working Families Act

04.22.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act, comprehensive legislation to address the child care crisis and ensure that working families can find and afford high-quality child care. Representative Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan joined Congressman Scott in introducing … Continue Reading


DeLauro, Scott, Murray, Members Introduce $50 Billion Child Care Stabilization Fund Legislation

05.27.20   WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced new legislation, the Child Care is Essential Act, to create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund within the existing Child Care … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Reacts to State of the Union

02.04.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to the State of the Union. "I am disappointed that President Trump's State of the Union address failed to offer meaningful solutions to the critical issues facing students, workers, and families across the country. "The president did not offer a serious plan to reverse the chronic underfunding of public education. Instead, he touted a $5 billion private school voucher program that would function as a tax break… Continue Reading


Davis and Scott Statements on the Importance of Federal Investments in Child Care

05.29.19   WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Ways and Means is Committee Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA) released the following statements regarding a newly-released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report requested by the two Members that demonstrates how investments in quality child care through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) improve the availability and quality of child care across the… Continue Reading


House and Senate Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Child Care and Early Learning Bill to Ensure Child Care for All

02.26.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), House Committee on Education and Labor, and Chairman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (NMI-AL), House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, along with 96 other cosponsors, introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act − a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure affordable, high-quality child care for working middle class families and those living paycheck to paycheck. Senator Patty Murray… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Trump Administration’s School Nutrition Rule

12.07.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Agriculture released its final rule on school nutrition standards. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture's final rule on school nutrition standards runs counter to accepted science about quality school nutrition. By rolling back previous standards that were designed to limit students' sodium intake and promote the consumption of healthier whole grains, USDA is threatening the progress we've made… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Committee Democrats Emphasize Importance of Oversight and Accountability in Public School Choice

06.13.18   WASHINGTON - Today, at a Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on charter schools, Democrats emphasized the importance of oversight and accountability to ensuring public school choice helps fulfill the promise of making quality public education available to all students. While noting the success stories in places like Denver and Massachusetts, Democrats pointed to Michigan - and the policies advanced there by Secretary of Education DeVos - as a cautionary tale of rapid charter school … Continue Reading


Top Dems Oppose Privatization of Funds that Support Schools and Students

04.24.18   WASHINGTON- Today, all 17 Democratic Members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and all 24 Democratic Members of the Committee on Armed Services, sent a letter to Chairwoman Virginia Foxx and Chairman Mac Thornberry expressing strong opposition to the inclusion H.R. 5199, the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families, or any school voucher or privatization amendment, in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Specifically, members were concerned with how this bill wou… Continue Reading


Scott Receives Champion of Children Award

04.18.18   WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, was presented the Congressional Champion of Children Award from Child Care Aware. Child Care Aware is an organization dedicated to ensuring the child care system supports all children and families. Recently, Congressman Scott worked to ensure the FY18 omnibus appropriations bill included an increase of $2.37 billion in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), including… Continue Reading


Scott: Trump’s Budget Proposal Shortchanges Students and Workers

02.12.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House released an outline of its Fiscal Year 2019 budget priorities. "The administration's budget proposal does not prioritize America's students and workers. President Trump's budget hurts students by eliminating vital early childhood and K-12 education programs to divert $1 billion to private school vouchers; slashing federal grant aid to make coll… Continue Reading


More than 150 Democrats Ask Trump to Invest in Public School Infrastructure

01.17.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and 153 House Democrats sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging the administration to invest in the critical infrastructure that affects every city and town in the nation - our public schools. Too many of the more than 50 million students and six million staff who learn and work in our public schools spend their days in facilities that fail to make the grade. "To address this crisis, the federal government should partner with states and te… Continue Reading


Scott Condemns Action to Seek Delay of Rule Addressing Inequities in Special Education

12.14.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to seek a comment period for a delay of the Equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) rule, which addresses disproportionate identification, placement, and disciplinary treatment of students of color in special education. "I am deeply disappointed by the Department's efforts to propose a delay of the rule that addresses widespread disp… Continue Reading


Bonamici, Scott, 45 Democrats Fight to Protect K-12, Higher Education in Tax Reform

12.08.17   WASHINGTON - Today Education and the Workforce Vice Ranking Member Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), and 45 Democrats stood up for public education and urged tax bill conferees to mitigate the harmful aspects of the current tax proposal and instead advance a tax plan that supports public schools and investments in higher education. "This partisan tax proposal will have irreversible and lasting consequences for the future of K-12 and higher e… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Closed-Door Meeting at Ed to Discuss Undermining Civil Rights Protections for Students

11.17.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after a private meeting was held at the Department of Education discussing the "harmful effects" of school discipline guidance from teachers who experienced violence in the classroom. Enacted under the Obama administration, the guidance encourages schools, districts, and states to reassess their policies for and use of suspensions and expulsions that are disproportionately used on students of color and students with d… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Job Killing GOP Tax Proposal

11.09.17   "New analysis from the NEA estimates that if Republicans succeed in eliminating much of the state and local tax deduction, as proposed in H.R. 1, it would likely have a devastating effect on state and local public education budgets. According to the analysis, H.R. 1 puts nearly 250,000 education jobs at risk and could result in $250 billion in cuts to public education over the next 10 years. In Virginia alone, the GOP's proposed changes to SALT would mean a potential loss of 9,264 public educati… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Death of Bill Goodling, Former Chair of Ed & Workforce Committee

09.19.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the death of former Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Goodling, who served as chair of the Education and Workforce Committee from 1995-2001: "It is with sadness that I note the passing of former Congressman Bill Goodling, who I had the privilege of serving with on the Committee. He was a tireless advocate for education, particularly on issues of literacy and child nutrition. While we sat on different sides of the p… Continue Reading


As Secretary DeVos Invites States to Test Boundaries of Education Law, Scott, Murray Urge Her to Follow the Law

09.18.17   (Washington, D.C.) - Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as Congress intended, and only approve state plans that meet all of the law's provisions. In an interview yesterday, Secretary DeVos urged sta… Continue Reading


Scott, Polis, Murray, Casey Introduce Comprehensive Child Care and Early Learning Bill to Ensure Families Have Access to Affordable, High-Quality Child Care

09.14.17   (Washington, D.C.) - Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Jared Polis (CO-02), and Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act today, a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure affordable, high-quality child care for working families across the country. "Decades of research… Continue Reading


Subcommittee Discusses Importance of Investing in High-Quality Early Childhood Education

07.13.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing focused on ways to expand access to high-quality early childhood learning programs. The federal government must increase its investment and commitment to early education programs while ensuring program quality. "The lack of availability and the rising cost of childcare hits working families especially hard," said Subcommittee Ranking Member Jared Polis (CO-02). "Many parents can't afford … Continue Reading


Scott Statement on President Trump’s FY18 Budget

05.23.17   WASHINGTON - Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the White House released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal that cuts $9 billion from the Department of Education, slashes funding for the Department of Labor by 20 percent, and diminishes the Department of Health and Human Services' ability to deliver early learning programs and health care for the American people. "A budget is a reflection of priorities and in this … Continue Reading

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