Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Civil Rights

 

Protecting Women’s Health

  • The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2015, which would codify Roe v. Wade, preventing states from imposing burdensome restrictions on abortion providers or banning abortion prior to viability or if a doctor believes that continuing pregnancy would harm a woman’s health.
  • The Access to Birth Control Act, which would ensure that pharmacies without the prescribed medication in stock must order it in a timely manner, refer the woman to another pharmacy that will fill the prescription, or transfer the prescription so that she can pick it up at a pharmacy confirmed to have the medication in stock.
  • The EACH Woman Act, which requires the federal government to ensure coverage for abortion care in public health insurance programs including Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Expanding Opportunity

  • The STEM Opportunities Act, which would promote data-driven research on the participation and trajectories of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM so that policy makers can design more effective policies and practices to reduce barriers for women and minorities in STEM.
  • The Women’s Small Business Ownership Act, which would provide access to resources for women entrepreneurs and to simplify grant application processes.

Supporting Women in the Military

  • Cosponsored the MARCH for Military Women Act (Military Access to Reproductive Care and Health), which would extend federal health insurance coverage for abortion care to servicewomen who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest. It would also lift the current ban on providing abortion care at military facilities.

  • Voted to fund enhanced investigation of military sexual assault when he voted to pass an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that provides $10 million in additional funds to increase sexual assault training for investigators.

  • Voted to allow World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Fighting for Equality

  • The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act.
  • The Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which provides for increased protections for victims of domestic violence. The legislation includes expanded protections for Native American women, LGBTQ individuals, students, and immigrant women.
  • The Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, which would establish rights for survivors of sexual assault, including right to a rape kit, notification prior to the destruction of the rape kit, and be informed of the results of a rape kit.

Rep. Peters Fights Back Against Trump Attacks on Family Planning

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) fought back against a series of attacks from President Trump and Speaker Ryan on family planning, preventative care, and the rights of women to make their own health care choices. Rep. Peters voted against H.R. 7, a bill passed by the House that would eliminate personal subsidies and small-business tax credits for any healthcare plans that provide abortion services to patients at their own expense.

Rep. Peters’ Statement on Equal Pay Day

Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement to mark ‘Equal Pay Day,’ the date when women’s wages catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. Nationwide, according to the American Association of University Women, women earn only 79 cents to each dollar earned by their male counterparts, and in the 52nd District women earn just 82 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Rep. Peters Releases Education Plan in Speech to UCSD Students

Last week, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) gave an address to University of California San Diego (UCSD) students and faculty as part of a speaker series on college affordability hosted by the UCSD Office of External Affairs. During the speech, Congressman Peters announced that he will release an education plan to expand opportunity and drive economic growth in San Diego and across the country.

Rep. Peters Helps Pass Bipartisan Spending Bill to Boost Investments Critical to San Diego & National Security

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass a federal spending plan that boosts investment in areas critical to the San Diego priorities Peters has fought for since being elected to Congress. It increases investment in science, provides tax credits and incentives for private sector investment in clean energy, and responsibly funds wildfire prevention.

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