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. This committee is the final step for the defense policy bill before it receives an up-or-down vote in each house and is sent to the President for his signature.
“I have fought in the Armed Services Committee and before the full House of Representatives for changes to the defense policy bill that will provide our military leaders in San Diego and across the country with the tools and technology they need to equip a 21st century force,” said Rep. Peters. “As a member of the conference committee I will push for a smart, tough national security strategy that keeps Americans safe and supports our servicemembers as they confront the new and dynamic threats around the world. I look forward to working with members from both parties and from the House and the Senate on these priorities and to put forward a strong national defense policy for the coming year.”
When the NDAA was considered by the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Peters was credited with leading bipartisan victories for energy security in the military. Rep. Peters continued this advocacy when the legislation was put in front of the House, and also successfully passed an amendment that will encourage the hiring of more veterans for military construction projects. This marks the first time that Rep. Peters has been named to the conference committee for the National Defense Authorization Act.
Congressman Peters serves the 52nd District of California which covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the City of San Diego. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Judiciary Committee. The Congressman is a former environmental attorney, City Council President, and Port Commission Chairman.