Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) honored San Diego’s LGBT community and marked the beginning of this weekend’s Pride celebration. As City Council President, he led the efforts on the San Diego City Council to oppose Prop. 8 and to join an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in 2007 opposing the Defense of Marriage Act, and he later served on the San Diego LGBT Center Board of Directors. In Congress, Rep. Peters celebrated the marriage equality decision in 2015 and has helped lead the charge for federal non-discrimination laws by supporting the Equality Act.
Since coming to Congress, Scott Peters has been a strong advocate for women’s and LGBT rights across the country and the San Diego community. He has cosponsored multiple bills that prioritize the safety and wellbeing for all people, as well as worked toward expanding opportunities in the workforce for women and those in the LGBT community. See below for a list of bills Scott has cosponsored and letters he has signed.
Fighting for Equality
- Introduced an amendment that became law to affirm President Obama’s action to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
- The Equality Act, which would include gender identity and sexual orientation as two identities protected under federal civil rights.
- 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. President Obama signed this bill into law last year.
During his time in office Congressman Peters had advocated for and against multiple bills to help protect the health and safety of women and of those in the LGBT community. As a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, he was on the frontline fighting against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood.
- The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2017, 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).
The Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal HIV Discrimination Act of 2017, which would review federal and state laws that impose criminal liability on individuals with HIV, to ensure institutions and services do not discriminate against those that are HIV positive.
The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017, which would prohibit the practice of conversion therapy as a harmful and ineffective treatment.
- 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.
- Voted to strengthen the entrepreneurial programs in the National Science Foundation that support women as well as voted to support NASA initiatives which encourage women and girls to study STEM and pursue careers in space.
Supporting Women in the Military
- 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.
- The Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2017, which would ensure that if veterans or service members have a spouse of the same sex, their spouse will be afforded the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts.
- 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.
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.
In a critical breakthrough more than three years in the making, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is considering four options to replace the Continuum of Care formula that determines how federal homelessness funding is allocated.
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.
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.
President Obama invited U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) to meet with him and a handful of other members of Congress who have taken a strong stand in the fight to reduce gun violence by encouraging more responsible gun ownership. After the meeting, Peters released the following statement: