Issue Position: Empowering Families and Making Our Economy Healthy

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2016
Issues: Marijuana Energy

The U.S. House adopted an amendment in June 2015 (to H.R. 2578) by Scott and Congressman Bob Dold of Illinois that allows states who have legalized cannabidiol (CBD) to do so without federal interference. CBD has shown significant results in reducing the amount and duration of seizures in those who suffer from epilepsy and other seizure disorders. CBD currently is banned for medical use at the federal level. Although the federal government hasn't actively interfered with states that have legalized CBD, this amendment would block its ability to do so.

Currently, more than 300,000 children in American suffer from some form of epilepsy. Many experience more than 100 violent seizures a day -- any one of which could be fatal without proper care. Scott and Congressman Dold have also introduced H.R. 1635, the "Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015", to ensure that children and individuals with epilepsy and other debilitating seizure disorders have access to CBD oil.

In May 2015, Scott sponsored an amendment to H.R. 2028, the FY 2016 Energy-Water Appropriations bill to remove government barriers to the development of hydropower. Hydropower is the largest source of clean, renewable energy in the U.S., creating thousands of jobs (including many in the 4th District) and providing power to millions of Americans at low cost. He led a bipartisan effort to restore $9 million in funding to the Water Power Program and offset that cost by reducing funding for administrative costs at the U.S. Department of Energy. That amendment passed the U.S. House.

Scott has also led efforts to advocate for YouthBuild, a federal program where low-income young people are trained in construction, technology and other jobs skills and participate in community service and leadership development. YouthBuild has helped tens of thousands of young adults transform their lives and the 4th District hosts several Youthbuild programs, including in the cities of Harrisburg and York.