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 27, 2016 Press Release

San Diego - Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement on the ongoing crisis regarding the recoupment of unauthorized bonus payments made to National Guard members:

“I applaud yesterday’s decision from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to cease the collection of unauthorized bonus payments. While a congressional fix may be needed, I urge Secretary Carter to use his existing authorities and resources to repay veterans and their families who have been wronged.

Oct 21, 2016 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Special Operations Forces Caucus, released the following statement on the death of Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, a Coronado-based Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician who was killed outside Mosul, Iraq yesterday:

Sep 15, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 5351:

Sep 11, 2016 Press Release

Today U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“Like so many others, I remember exactly where I was the morning of September 11th. I remember being with my family, and watching as first responders ran towards the danger, entered the towers before they crumbled, and dug through rubble for days afterwards to save lives.

Sep 8, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass legislation that strongly condemns recent ballistic missile tests by North Korea and reaffirms the importance of our trilateral relationship with South Korea and Japan in containing North Korean aggression.

Aug 29, 2016 In The News

Rep. Scott Peters may be finishing up only his second term, but he is the Democrats' point person on the House Armed Services Committee in defending the Pentagon's renewable energy policies.

Jul 29, 2016 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement on the shooting of two San Diego Police Department officers in Southcrest late last night that resulted in the death of an officer:

Jul 14, 2016 Press Release

Yesterday and today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted against three reckless proposals that would undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and clear the path for Iran – one of our most dangerous threats – to obtain a nuclear weapon. All three bills were highly partisan and sent straight to the House floor for an up-or-down vote without the opportunity for members to offer amendments.

Jul 12, 2016 Press Release

Last night, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass a series of smart, targeted proposals to combat the illicit financing of terrorist groups, arms and drug trafficking, and underground nuclear proliferation. These measures will enhance the Treasury Department’s ability crack down on illegal financial activities used to finance terrorist groups or weapons trafficking.

Jul 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) was recognized for his national security leadership and named by the Democratic Leader to the conference committee for the National Defense Authorization Act. The conference committee is made up of Republicans and Democrats selected by their parties to negotiate any differences between the House and Senate versions and develop final language for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which lays out defense spending and priorities for the 2017 fiscal year.