NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Congressman Bobby Scott’s 42nd Annual Labor Day cookout gave residents and elected officials a chance to interact one-on-one.
“We enjoy the opportunity for the elected officials to meet with the community and the community to meet with elected officials. It’s a great opportunity,” Scott said.
Scott says the event started 42 years ago as a way to say thank you for volunteers from his first House of Delegates campaign.
It’s grown to draw up to 1,500 guests, according to Scott, depending on the weather.
“No matter how important you think you are, the number of people who show up will depend on the weather. It looks like good weather, so we should have a good crowd,” Scott said
Included in that crowd were all five state wide elected officials — Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, who spent the weekend campaigning for his re-election.
“The energy is good. The crowd is good. What we want to see is energy. Elections are about energy, and we feel good about it,” Kaine said.
Kaine says many across the state have been asking him about the death of Senator John McCain and the Affordable Health Care Act.
He says the voters are concerned that the outcome of the fall’s election could repeal the act.
“A lot of discussion about health care but everywhere I go, it’s about Virginia Works for All. It’s about Virginia. It’s about work, especially over Labor Day weekend and “for all” those last two words in the Pledge of Allegiance,” he said.
Representative Scott also said this fall’s election is big on a federal level because it will determine which party controls Congress.
Scott mentioned the results could allow President Trump to further his plans, including the president’s most recent federal pay freeze.
He called it outrageous, stating that there was just major tax cut that would benefit the upper one percent, according to Scott.
“It’s a matter of priorities. This election will determine that and if he will be able to enact those priorities,” he said.
Scott is also pushing for a Youth Jobs Bill, which helps young adults that are not in school or working that are more likely to get involved in crime.
“Compared to what we spend in prison, it’s not that much. I think it’s an investment that pays for itself,” he said.
Scott says the outcome of that bill also depends on this fall’s election.