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Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

This Week's Recap - 8/27/2021

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August 27, 2021

Dear friend,

Our nation is grieving the loss of 13 servicemembers who died after a terror attack near the Kabul airport yesterday. More than 100 Afghan civilians also lost their lives and were wounded as a result of this horrible event. The commitment, bravery and sacrifice of our servicemembers to evacuate thousands of Americans and allies in record time will not be forgotten. As I pray for the safety of our troops on the ground and the families of the fallen, it is imperative the U.S. continues our efforts to get all Americans and vulnerable Afghans out as carefully and quickly as possible.

My staff is working hard to process and submit evacuation requests to the State Department as quickly as possible. Given the instability on the ground, updates will be passed along as soon as they become available. We appreciate your understanding. 

If you are a veteran in crisis or concerned about a veteran you know, resources can be found on the Veterans Crisis Line website. You can reach Department of Veterans Affairs responders via phone or text to for support during this difficult time.  

This week, I continued my work from Washington, D.C. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative Work

The House came back in session this week to vote on two critical pieces of legislation: a resolution to initiate the budget reconciliation process and H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021.

I voted to begin the process of building a budget through reconciliation, particularly to address the climate crisis, tackle wildfires and make other critical investments to build back better. However, I have reservations related to the Senate Budget Committee’s initial $3.5 trillion proposal. The legislative process will raise policy issues that Congress will have to confront, and these concerns will have to be put to rest before I can offer my full support for the final budget reconciliation package. You can read my full statement on this resolution here.

I also voted for H.R. 4 to defend our democracy and every American's right to vote. This legislation is an updated and strengthened version of H.R. 4 from the 116th Congress, which passed the House in 2019 with unanimous Democratic support. This bill creates a new formula for determining which states need to clear their changes to voting laws with the Department of Justice. More on this bill to protect voting rights can be found here.


District Work

Point Loma Lighthouse Rededication Ceremony

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Last Friday, I participated in a joint celebration for the fourth anniversary of San Diego's certification as a Coast Guard City and the rededication of the Point Loma Lighthouse. I spoke at the ceremony with Mayor Gloria, USCG Sector Captain CAPT Barelli, USCG Admiral Penoyer, and Andrea Compton with the National Park Service. San Diego is proud to support our national defense, and to play an integral role in U.S. Coast Guard operations. I thank the U.S. Coast Guard for their bravery and dedication to serve our regional and national defense.


Meeting with High Schoolers for Carbon Dividends Group

On Tuesday, I met with members of the High Schoolers for Carbon Dividends group. These young students are part of a national network to accelerate and mobilize action on climate change and deliver a bipartisan climate breakthrough. We spoke about how younger generations can feel empowered to make change in the world. Much of my work in Congress related to climate change and the environment deals with carbon, so I was very encouraged to hear these students' bright ideas and initiatives to create a greener future.


Visit to Shield AI Headquarters

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I also visited Shield AI, an artificial intelligence firm with headquarters in my district, last week. I learned about the firm's innovative technologies to execute sensitive missions through autonomous unmanned software technology. After a tour of the facilities, I participated in an employee town hall with a Q&A session. I appreciated the opportunity to see more groundbreaking defense work and meet such a highly trained and skilled workforce in my district.


TOMORROW

Mid-Coast on Morena: Community Appreciation Festival

Join SANDAG and MTS this Saturday at a community appreciation event for the Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line! The Mid-Coast Trolley will extend service from the Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego to the University Community area. The progress of this extension has had my full support for years. It started as a simple idea to improve regional transit options and is now a monumental project that will move commuters more efficiently, ease traffic congestion and improve air quality. Service is anticipated to begin later this year.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

This week, the Federal Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Do you believe this approval will encourage more people to get vaccinated?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

Our previous question was: "A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change details how almost all warming that has occurred since pre-industrial times was caused by the release of heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which are emitted when humans burn fossil fuels and perform other climate polluting activities. Do you believe world leaders are responding fast enough to combat the climate crisis?

Here are the results:

402 Responses:  65.2% No; leaders need to accelerate efforts now to slow down warming and reduce climate change. 11.4% World leaders are only partially responsible; individuals should also take responsibility and change daily habits to fight climate change. 3% I believe we're on the right track, but this report is worrying nonetheless. 20.4% Other.


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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