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

Oct 1, 2015 Press Release
"Providing for the national defense and our servicemembers cannot be a partisan battle. San Diego will benefit from this military budget, particularly in our innovative and cybersecurity technology sectors and with $52 million specifically for new projects supporting special warfare units in Coronado. And this bill supports many of the biofuel research and fuel supply diversity programs I have been advocating for and that military commanders want.”
Sep 30, 2015 Press Release
Scott Peters helped pass four more pieces of legislation that will help veterans get jobs and provide them with the benefits and recognition they have earned by serving our country. One of the bills includes $206 million for construction of a spinal cord injury research and treatment building for the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Diego.
Sep 11, 2015 Press Release
Make no mistake, without this agreement, Iran will build a bomb and we may be forced to again send our sons and daughters to fight another devastating war in the Middle East. With this agreement, we maintain the option of a military strike, but it is not our first, or only option.
Aug 28, 2015 Op-Eds
Next month, Congress will vote on whether to affirm the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) among Iran, the U.S., European allies, China and Russia. After weeks of careful study, it is clear to me the JCPOA is our best tool to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon for at least the next 15 years. I will vote to support the agreement.
Aug 20, 2015 Press Release
Congressman Scott Peters was at Naval Base Coronado for the signing of the largest renewable energy purchase in history by an American federal entity. The deal between the U.S. Navy and Sempra Energy will bring solar energy from the new Mesquite 3 facility in Arizona to power portions of 14 Navy and Marine Corps installations across California, including every installation in San Diego County. There are seven military bases in the 52nd Congressional District.
Aug 6, 2015 Op-Eds
Our military deserves congressional support for its desire to invest in a diversified energy portfolio; it will save money and save lives. Some of that support could come through passage of the Department of Defense Energy Security Act (DODESA), legislation I reintroduced with support from several of my colleagues. DODESA will improve the operational and installation sides of the military’s energy platform, saving money, enhancing national security, and protecting our warfighters from needless harm.
Aug 3, 2015 Press Release
“California is already leading the way in aggressive targets for climate action and reduced emissions, which is leading to improved air quality and human health benefits across our state. The EPA’s rule today not only rewards states for being ahead of the curve, but provides flexible pathways for other states to move toward a more sustainable energy portfolio. By working with states, localities, and energy utility companies, the EPA is encouraging investments in innovation through higher national standards and a long-term vision for sustainable energy production that doesn’t raise utility rates for consumers."
Jul 20, 2015 Press Release
By passing DODESA, we can diversify the DOD’s energy portfolio and promote energy efficiency, which will enhance our national security and protect our warfighters from the needless harm that comes from transporting convoys of fuel across remote battlefields.
Jul 6, 2015 Op-Eds
We strongly agree with President Obama that no deal is better than a bad deal. Additionally, while the negotiations have not yielded an agreement by the June 30 deadline, we urge U.S. negotiators to stay at the table until they come to a deal that eliminates every Iranian pathway to a nuclear weapon. We have outlined the criteria we believe any deal should include in order to meet that objective.
Jun 30, 2015 Press Release
Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) joined forces to introduce H.R. 2909, the “Protecting Firefighters and Promoting Innovation Act.” This bipartisan legislation will leverage innovative technologies for California firefighters, reducing risks for first responders and improving the effectiveness of wildfire fighting strategies.