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.
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
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass three bills that will increase accountability at the VA, improve the quality of care veterans receive at VA hospitals, and expand and update certain benefits to better serve veterans and their families.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act, which pays back heroes who had taxes wrongly deducted from benefits related to their injuries. Due to incorrect accounting by the Department of Defense, more than $78 million has been improperly withheld from veterans who received severance packages because of injuries sustained during combat. Federal courts have ruled that such benefits should not be taxed.
Includes land exchange at Port, funding for San Diego military construction projects
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped approve new sanctions on the Syrian government and its supporters and encourage negotiations to end the civil war that is now in its sixth year. The measures include sanctions on individuals who do business with the Syrian government, its state-owned transportation and telecom sectors, or its energy industry. After the House passed the new sanctions, Rep. Peters released the following statement:
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.
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:
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.
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.