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

Apr 28, 2016 Press Release

Throughout yesterday and into the night, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) championed forward thinking military energy security policies, smart and tough strategies to fight terrorism, and San Diego’s defense priorities during the House Armed Services Committee markup of the ‘National Defense Authorization Act,’ (NDAA), which serves as a roadmap for national defense spending for the 2017 Fiscal Year.

Mar 22, 2016 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement in the wake of the Brussels attacks and after voting last night to pass the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act:

“I am so sad for Brussels today, and am thinking about the victims of these shocking and brutal attacks, as well as their families, first responders and law enforcement officers who are still responding.

Mar 15, 2016 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement after helping to pass House Concurrent Resolution 75, which condemns ISIS atrocities against religious and ethnic minorities as war crimes:

Feb 9, 2016 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass H.R. 2915, a bipartisan measure that will improve mental health care for female veterans and veterans who took part in classified missions during their service. Improving treatment procedures for veterans with classified mission experience was one of many proposals that Coronado residents Dr. Howard and Jean Somers offered to Congress following the suicide of their son, Sergeant Daniel Somers.

Feb 2, 2016 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after voting against legislation that would violate the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and clear the path for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Jan 12, 2016 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement after hearing President Obama’s 7th and final State of the Union Address at the U.S. Capitol:

“President Obama’s message of national confidence and working together towards a brighter future is much more representative of the American spirit than the defeatist rhetoric that we have heard from so many political candidates.

Dec 18, 2015 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass a federal spending plan that boosts investment in areas critical to the San Diego priorities Peters has fought for since being elected to Congress. It increases investment in science, provides tax credits and incentives for private sector investment in clean energy, and responsibly funds wildfire prevention.

Dec 8, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass bipartisan legislation to close gaps in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that could be exploited by terrorists to gain entry into the United States. Currently, travelers from countries that participate in the VWP can visit the U.S. for 90 days or less without any screening.

Dec 4, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in response to yesterday's shootings in Houston, Savannah, and San Bernardino, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to express outrage over Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's refusal to allow Congress to vote on common sense, bipartisan proposals to curb gun violence. Earlier this week, Congressman Peters delivered a letter to Speaker Ryan signed by San Diegans, urging him to let Congress vote to close loopholes in our background check system.

Nov 19, 2015 Press Release

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement on the United States’ response to the Paris terrorist attacks and defense against terrorist threats after voting in favor of the American SAFE Act: