Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

National Security

Rep. Scott Peters - Supporting San Diego’s role in America’s National Security

In Congress, Scott serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and sits on two subcommittees: Seapower & Projection Forces; and Intelligence, Emerging Threats, & Capabilities. The 52nd District is home to a large military presence, including Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Air Base Coronado, Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base San Diego, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Coast Guard Sector San Diego, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. As a member of HASC, Scott is responsible for the oversight and legislation pertinent to our national defense.

As a member of HASC, Scott advocates for defense priorities that are important to our armed forces and to San Diego, including supporting our region’s military presence and the jobs that go along with it.

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) annually provides the necessary authorities and funding for America’s military, including procurement, operations and maintenance, and personnel matters. As part of the NDAA process, Scott advocated for numerous issues that affect the San Diego region and its economy including a strong naval fleet, robust funding for research and development, a more streamlined acquisition process, and an increased focus on DoD energy security and efficiency. 

Scott also led a successful effort in 2014 to transfer $120 million that had been unnecessarily appropriated to a dead project in South Carolina, a so-called ‘zombie earmark,’ to instead pay for 8 additional Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) MQ-9s that were an unfunded priority of the Air Force. These UAVs are developed in Poway, CA, and support high-skilled jobs in the district. 

Strong Naval Fleet and Maritime Industry

Scott is strong supporter of a robust naval fleet capable of meeting the global demands placed on the Navy. He supports a fleet of eleven aircraft carriers and sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to affirm it. He has also advocated for continued funding of the Maritime Security Program, a public-private partnership which guarantees that America flag commercial vessels and American crews will be available to ‘answer the call’ for enhanced sealift to transport supplies and equipment required by our military.

DoD Energy Security

In April 2014, Scott, along with Senator Mark Udall, introduced the bicameral Department of Defense Energy Security Act (DODESA), which will help the U.S. Department of Defense reduce energy use, boost combat effectiveness, and speed up the development of advanced military technologies. Scott introduced this legislation because energy security is a national security imperative, and taking measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption means a more capable and ready military. 

Scott is also a strong supporter of the development of biofuels for our military. He is cosponsor of the Biofuels Development Act, which establishes a $25 million pilot program for the Air Force to make competitive grants to support research and development, education, and training to produce a bio-based aviation fuel for use by the Air Force. He also supports the biofuel efforts of the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Agriculture through the Defense Production Act to process military biofuel supplies, which supports energy independence of the U.S. military. 

As a tireless advocate for veterans and their transition out of the military, Scott is a cosponsor of Incentives for our Nation’s Veterans in Energy Sustainability Technologies (INVEST) Act. The bill expands the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to employers who hire veterans with a certification for renewable energy technology or have used their Montgomery GI bill to complete vocational training in renewable energy fields.

Fighting Terrorism

Scott supports targeted airstrikes to thwart the advance of the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL). He voted to authorize the President to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces to fight ISIL so that they are capable of countering ISIL on the ground and defending themselves and their nation, and denying ISIL a safe haven.

Scott is committed to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. He has voted to strengthen sanctions and is a co-sponsor of the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013 which designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a “foreign terrorist organization,” and imposes stiff economic sanctions on Iran.

Scott is also a co-sponsor of the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act, which curtails Hezbollah’s global logistics and financial network, and is a cosponsor of the Iron Dome Support Act which authorizes the President to provide assistance for the procurement, maintenance, enhancement, and sustainment of additional Iron Dome defense systems for Israel.

More on National Security

Mar 27, 2015 Press Release
At a time when we’re relying on an all-volunteer force, asking for longer deployments, and in serious need of individuals with specialized skills, we should not be turning away qualified individuals; that’s why I support fully open service in the military.
Mar 10, 2015 In The News

San Diego supporters of President Barack Obama’s plans to protect millions of unauthorized immigrants nationwide from deportation said Tuesday they would not be deterred by a Texas federal judge’s order putting the plans on hold.

“Sí se puede,” Yes we can, chanted a crowd of about 50 demonstrators at Christ the King Community Catholic Church in San Diego. Participants included U.S. Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, immigration activists and representatives of labor groups.

Mar 10, 2015 In The News

Democratic legislation unveiled in the House would withhold lawmakers' pay if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shuts down on Saturday.

Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.), the bill's sponsor, said members of Congress should go without pay if they miss the deadline for DHS funding.

"All across the country, folks live by the idea that if you don't do your job, you shouldn't get paid," Ashford said in a statement. "The same should hold true for members of Congress, and this bill simply codifies that belief."

Mar 10, 2015 In The News

 A San Diego State instructor visited the USS Midway earlier this week to be welcomed as the co-director of a national security project recently launched in San Diego.

Early Monday morning Shawn VanDiver, who instructs on international security and trade through the homeland security graduate program at SDSU, gathered with San Diego Rep. Scott Peters and other local elected officials to launch the San Diego chapter of the Truman National Security Project and welcome new members to the Truman Project’s Board of Advisors.

Mar 10, 2015 In The News

Days ahead of a partial Department of Homeland Security shutdown, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-FL-2, has co-sponsored a bill that would tie the pay of Congress members to the fate of the DHS funding.

“In North Florida, you have to do your job to get a paycheck – the same rules should apply to Congress,” Rep. Graham said in a statement.

“With threats ranging from ISIL to border security, it’s reckless and irresponsible to let the Department of Homeland Security shut down.”

Feb 27, 2015 Press Release
“Funding the Department of Homeland Security should be a simple bipartisan effort, but Republican leaders in Congress have continued to play political games when protecting our country should be paramount,” Rep. Peters said.
Feb 10, 2015 In The News

Bridget Naso - San Diego became home to the 16th chapter of the Truman National Security Project - a national think tank that joins together post-9/11 veterans, civilians and policy makers.

Representatives from the organization gathered with local leaders Monday to make the announcement on the USS Midway.

Congressman Scott Peters, County Supervisor Dave Roberts and council members Todd Gloria and David Alvarez were among those local leaders present.

Feb 10, 2015 In The News

DPR: Before working in Congress, you were President of the San Diego City Council.  What’s been the biggest change and adjustment between these two roles?

Feb 5, 2015 Press Release
Today, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) fought to stop predatory lenders from preying on our country’s active-duty servicemembers.
Jan 28, 2015 Op-Eds

After last November’s election, Democrats in Congress are at our lowest numbers since President Herbert Hoover. This week’s House Democratic Caucus retreat offers us a chance to take a hard look at ourselves to see why. 

Democratic turnout was even lower than many expected in an off year. It’s clear that the plans and positions our party was selling weren’t compelling enough to get our own core constituencies out of the house to vote. And we failed to convince independents that we are the party they can trust to grow the economy and keep high-quality jobs here at home.