Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Civil Rights

Our nation was founded on the principle that everyone is entitled to the same, unalienable rights. Today, our nation continues to adapt as history demands we expand the definition of equal. In my service to San Diego, that means ensuring respect for all. Discrimination has no place in a nation as great as ours. I will continue to oppose policies fueled by hateful rhetoric that marginalize Americans. That means standing up for women in school and in the workplace and ensuring they can make their own health care decisions. It means standing up for our LGBT community, because no one should be targeted for who they are or who they love. It also means ensuring minority communities have a voice and that refugees and immigrants have the same opportunity to build a better life in America― just as our ancestors did. 



Fighting for Equality

  • Introduced an amendment that became law to affirm President Obama’s action to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
  • Helped introduce the Equality Act, which would include gender identity and sexual orientation as two identities protected under federal civil rights.
  • Cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the Equal Pay Act.
  • Supported 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 the 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.
  • Cosponsored the  Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2015, which would establish a comprehensive federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Protecting Healthcare

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.

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.
  • 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 an Inclusive 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.
  • Cosponosred the Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2015, which would ensure that if veterans or service members have a spouse of the same sex, then their spouse will be afforded the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts.
  • Cosponsored the Restore Honor to Service Members Act of 2015, which would ensure that members of the armed forces who served honorably, but were given a punitive discharge classification solely because of their sexual orientation, have their records corrected to reflect their honorable service. 

More on Civil Rights

Feb 21, 2018 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced that he will be sharing on social media letters he received from San Diegans, many of them from students, pleading for Congress to address our country’s gun epidemic after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people.

Feb 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) praised Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE) and John McCain (R-AZ) for introducing the bipartisan Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act in the Senate and called on leadership in both chambers to schedule a vote on the bills.

Jan 25, 2018 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) announced that San Diegan Karen Bahena will be his guest at the State of the Union. Karen lived in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico for eight years until 2001 when her family migrated to San Diego.

Jan 22, 2018 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted against another short-term Continuing Resolution that would do nothing more than extend government funding for three weeks while failing to provide our military, research institutions and employers the certainty they need to protect our national defense, public health and grow our economy. The resolution also fails to include a legislative solution to protect our country’s Dreamers, and other key priorities that demand Congress’ attention.

Jan 19, 2018 Press Release

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted against the short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that will hurt the economy, our national defense, and lead to the delay of thousands of projects and programs nationwide.

Rep. Peters released the following statement:

Dec 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted against the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act that passed through the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would force all states to recognize concealed carry permits from every other state, even those that have weaker or no standards. Residents of states that do not require any permit would be able to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in the country, including places where they are currently not allowed like California.

Nov 21, 2017 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement in response to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to fully repeal net neutrality rules. The proposed plan from the FCC would eliminate the agency’s core net neutrality rules, which prohibit internet service providers from blocking certain websites, slowing web traffic, or negotiating paid prioritization with websites for fast lanes to consumers. The final FCC vote will come this December.

Oct 19, 2017 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) strongly condemned the harsh and cruel decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport a local woman who has two U.S. citizen children, including one small child who has special needs. This is the second time in less than a month a U.S. citizen child with developmental disabilities has lost the care of a hardworking, caring parent as a result of a recent Executive Order by the Trump Administration.

Oct 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement on the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada last night:

“Nearly 600 people killed or injured by just one man, in just ten minutes. These numbers are staggering, and they represent children, parents, friends, and neighbors who will never come home. They deserve to be known and mourned, and they and their families need our love and prayers.

Sep 13, 2017 Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) was invited to the White House as part of a bipartisan group of House members to discuss the DACA program, tax reform, and healthcare with President Trump. During the meeting, Rep. Peters defended DREAMers and the DACA program, and explained the importance of border trade to San Diego and its opposition to a border wall.