Since 2013


Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Rep. Scott Peters' Weekly Recap - 5/6/2022

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May 6, 2022

Dear friend,

Earlier this week, the American people learned about a draft decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that outlined the Court's intention to overturn Roe v. Wade. This historic decision from 1973 ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.

Like many of you, I'm saddened and angered by this news. We knew this day was coming. We can't take any of our civil liberties for granted, including those concerning our health. Last year, I voted to pass the Women's Health Protection Act, which failed to pass in the Senate. Now we have no more time to waste. It's time to pass legislation that enshrine women’s reproductive freedoms into law. 

Access to abortion care is still legal and available. Generations before us have fought to gain and protect the rights we have today. We can't give up this fight. I’m with you every step of the way. 

Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.


This Week's Casework Success Story


Edward from Downtown contacted my office in October to request assistance with a recent notice from the IRS. According to the IRS, Edward underreported his income which resulted in an underreporting penalty and an outstanding balance. The alleged income was reported under Edward's social security number by the Indian Health Service (IHS), even though he never worked for that entity and there was no record of Edward's employment there. After IHS acknowledged the lack of record, my office sent an inquiry to the IRS to request an adjustment for the unreported income to be excluded. Weeks later, IRS updated the income as being misreported and reversed the outstanding balance for a savings of $5,760.


A Firsthand Look at the Effects of Wildfires on the Sequoias


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Yesterday, I visited Sequoia National Forest as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. We joined members of the U.S. Forest Service to observe the current health of giant sequoia groves and further understand the effects of wildfires on this species. Giant sequoias can protect themselves against natural threats, but unnatural conditions and high-severity wildland fires have killed an alarming number of sequoias since 2015. 

This visit provided valuable insight to us lawmakers as we draft legislation that would protect the sequoia species against wildland fire and restore recently burned groves. Thank you to Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (AR-4) for inviting me to join this bipartisan congressional delegation, as well as the U.S. Forest Service and community leaders who gave us a first-hand look at the cost of environmental inaction.

Read more about our visit here.


Celebrating Beth El's 65th Anniversary


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To celebrate its 65th anniversary, I recently visited Congregation Beth El in La Jolla to present a proclamation for this exciting milestone. Congregation Beth El serves as a community, religious, educational, and cultural center to Jews and people of all faiths. Congregants have a long history of philanthropy and service throughout San Diego. It's an honor to represent this congregation in Congress and I wish Beth El many more successful years to come!


Celebrating CA-52's Young Artists


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Denizens by Chelsea Ho (top left) is this year's Congressional Art Competition winner. Mother Nature Needs No Filter by Nolan Rosik (right) was chosen on Facebook as the Fan Favorite.

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On Tuesday, my office held a reception for this year's Congressional Art Competition. Out of 28 submissions, the judges selected Denizens by Chelsea Ho as this year's winner. Chelsea's piece will be shipped to Washington, D.C. and displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. This year's fan favorite is Mother Nature Needs No Filter by Nolan Rosik. Nolan's painting will be displayed in my district office here in San Diego.

As someone cherishes art and its contribution to San Diego's culture, this annual competition is such a special event for my office. It was my pleasure to meet these talented high school artists and their families in person. I also want to thank the members of my staff who organized this event. I'm already looking forward to next year!


Recognizing California's Postal Workers


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Last Saturday, I joined delegates from the California State Association of Letter Carriers here in San Diego for their annual convention. I emphasized the importance of the Postal Service Reform Act, which was signed into law this year, and the dependable role of our letter carriers before and during the course of this pandemic. Thank you to Harold Kelso and Ricardo Guzman who directs San Diego's Branch 70 for your leadership and for inviting me to this event!


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

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