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

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:

Nov 11, 2015 Press Release

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day. Rep. Peters is participating in the Mt. Soledad Veterans Day ceremony later this afternoon.

“Veterans Day is a time to thank our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice to our country. San Diego is a proud military town that embraces its role in our nation’s security.

Nov 9, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Congressman Scott Peters sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter continuing to advocate against the potential moving of prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS) Brig.
Nov 4, 2015 Page

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Nov 2, 2015 Press Release
The legislation reduces inefficiencies at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Network of Fusion Centers, which serve as information coordination points for local, state, and federal governments in preventing, protecting against and responding to terrorism. There are five Fusion Centers in California including the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center.
Oct 28, 2015 Press Release
“San Diego is home to one of the premier transition-assistance programs in the country, helping servicemembers and their families as they leave the military and return to civilian life. Innovative, collaborative programs like zero8hundred can serve as a national model as we work to support our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Oct 28, 2015 Press Release
"I have fought to end the misguided, arbitrary, across-the-board cuts known as sequester, particularly given the harm they have on our military readiness and the ability of national security leaders to effectively plan for the future. I supported today’s deal because it gives necessary sequester relief to both the military and numerous domestic programs that have struggled to provide needed services to working families in San Diego."
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.