Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Getting the government working again.

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February 1, 2019

Dear Friend,

After 35 days, the partial government shutdown is finally over. It should not have lasted as long as it did, but I’m relieved the entire government is working for the people again.

Some of my colleagues said the shutdown was a fight for better security, but I disagree. During the shutdown, many agencies critical to our national security and public safety closed or furloughed their employees. Some essential employees at these agencies were forced to work without pay, called in sick, or just quit. 

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Listening to San Diegans is one of my most important jobs. I’d like to know where you stand. Share your thoughts and join my email updates.

Is shutting down the government a responsible way to negotiate?

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Working to Re-open the Government

I voted to re-open the federal government eleven times during the shutdown and continued to urge my Senate colleagues to pass these bills and send them to the president's desk. Unfortunately, the majority of these efforts did not advance past the House.

Here’s how I voted:

  • On the first day of the new Congress, I voted for two bipartisan packages of six bills that would reopen six of the seven federal agencies closed by the shutdown. I also voted in favor of temporary funding for the Department of Homeland Security while we continued border security negotiations.
  • On January 15 and 23, I voted for two bills to temporarily reopen the government and end the shutdown.
  • Last week, I voted on five separate bills to reopen shuttered federal agencies based on bipartisan agreements. This ensured that government agencies dealing with tax refunds, housing and transportation, nutrition and farming subsidies, national parks, and disaster relief efforts could serve the American people.

Members of Congress must do their jobs and put the American people first. It’s irresponsible to shut the government down because we can’t agree on a real budget and can’t get past partisan bickering.


Fair Pay for Public Servants

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I helped pass the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019 this week to give thousands of civilian federal employees a 2.6 percent pay increase – just as members of the military received this year. San Diegans who dedicated their careers to public service, especially those who are now struggling to pay bills because of the 35-day shutdown, are more than deserving of this pay raise.

The shutdown may be over for now, but it continues to effect American families. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find efficient, fact-based solutions for border security and keep the government open.

Sincerely,