April 8, 2012
U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott Kicks Off 2012 Election Campaign

NEWPORT NEWS — U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott Kicks Off 2012 Election Campaign

Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) announced the kickoff of his 2012 election campaign to represent Virginia’s Third Congressional District on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Hampton Roads located at 629 Hampton Avenue in Newport News, Va.

Excerpts from Congressman Scott’s remarks:
“The Hampton Roads Boys & Girls Club was selected as the location for this announcement for a reason: that is because this institution in the Third Congressional District has been working to get young people on the right track and keep them on the right track for over 60 years. The lessons learned from leaders with names like Prescott, Hopson and Johnson have installed values in young people that the lead spokesman for the National Boys & Girls Clubs, actor Denzel Washington, credits for his success in life.”

“We should make those opportunities available for all of our children and that’s why I am leading efforts in Congress to enact the Youth Promise Act. This Act will change our national strategy for dealing with our youth from one that the Children’s Defense fund calls the “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” to one that should be called the “Cradle to College” or “Cradle to the Workforce” Pipeline.

“The Obama Administration has funded a pilot project very similar to the Youth Promise Act model.  In fact it’s even called “Promise Neighborhoods.”  The only problem is that there are only a handful of Promise Neighborhoods, when thousands of neighborhoods could be transformed with the Youth Promise Act strategy. But we won’t be able to get funding for those neighborhoods until we get the federal budget under control. And you can’t solve a trillion dollar deficit problem by starting with a discussion of tax cuts. Budgets are about choices.”

“Health care needs to be available to all and whatever the Supreme Court does in a few weeks, we need to implement the universal access to health insurance that we passed two years ago.  That access is scheduled to be complete in 2014, but already young adults up to 26 can remain on their parents’ policies, annual check-up and screenings do not have co-pays or deductibles, insurance companies can no longer cut off insurance in the middle of treatments, we are closing the “donut hole,” and those with pre-existing conditions can get insurance.  We need to make sure that the universal access to affordable coverage becomes a reality in 2014.”