I am encouraged by ongoing conversations to pass two critical pieces of legislation for our country: the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) and President Biden's reconciliation bill, also known as the Build Back Better Act. I am eager and ready today to pass the BIF and continue to work with my colleagues to develop a reconciliation bill that can earn the support of the House and Senate. I will keep working and negotiating in good faith with my colleagues to get these complicated efforts past the finish line.
Drug pricing is a large topic in these conversations, and in recent weeks, I have shared details about my drug pricing plan, the Reduced Costs and Continued Cures Act. If you are interested in reading more about my approach to lower drug prices, you can read my op-ed in today's San Diego Union-Tribune.
Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.
This Week's Casework Success Story
Robert from Carmel Valley contacted the office in June to request help getting a 2019 tax refund that was due to his deceased mother. My staff worked with Robert to gather a copy of the tax return, death certificate, and letter from IRS to his mother saying refund was due. In the midst of this process, my staff discovered Robert's mother had the 2019 credit applied to 2020, so the IRS also had to process the 2020 tax return to issue the 2019 refund. My staff gathered the necessary documents in addition to the documents from 2019 that were already submitted. Last week, Robert received the refund for $2,203.96.
“I don't always agree with Congressman Peters' political views- however I am certainly glad he was there to help a local constituent in need."
- Robert from Carmel Valley
Oversight & Investigation Subcommittee Hearing: "Protecting Communities from Industrial Accidents"
This week, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) was the main topic of discussion during an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. I expressed my interest in the CSB's role in updating the Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Management Plan Rule (RMP). This rule requires facilities that use extremely hazardous substances to develop a Risk Management Plan to avoid injury or death. I asked Katherine A. Lemos, Ph.D., Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the CSB, about the board's recent recommendations on how to update the RMP. I also asked whether the CSB would be willing to share information related to safe technologies and practices to the EPA.
Meeting with San Diego State University President Adela de la Torre
On Tuesday, I spoke with San Diego State President Dr. Adela de la Torre via Zoom. We discussed the priorities and achievements of SDSU in light of the ongoing pandemic and university's educational and community efforts. We spoke about the development of the Mission Valley and Imperial Valley campuses, and ways we can work together to keep highly educated students in San Diego as they begin their careers.
Meeting with Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy
On Wednesday, I met with the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy. We discussed shipbuilding and maintenance, the redevelopment of NAVWAR, how the Navy and San Diego can work together on affordable housing for servicemembers, and the possible future of F-35 maintenance in the district.
Meeting with J Street Members
I also met with local members of J Street on Wednesday to discuss the United States' role in bringing Palestinians and Israelis together to discuss a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict between the two countries. Under previous administrations, various measures increased tensions and made our path forward to peace more difficult. However, I am hopeful that progress can be made between President Biden and the most diverse governing coalition in Israeli history. I am committed to do my part to help.
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