WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced a proposal to get Congress back to work and strengthen its ability to be a constitutional check on the Trump Administration. The resolution would require the House of Representatives to meet 5 days per week for 39 weeks out of the year, for a minimum of 195 working days. The House is scheduled to work for 145 days this year, which is an increase over the average of 139 days per year since 2001.
Scott’s Plan to Fix Congress Now
Make Congress Work: Institute 5-Day Congressional work weeks; require floor vote within 60 days on all bills passed in committee; enforce No Budget, No Pay; Reform the Debt Ceiling process to end government shutdowns and protect America’s credit
Improve our Elections: Require “dark money” SuperPACs disclose campaign contributions above $200; increase voter protections nationwide; make Vote-by-Mail available nationwide; Repeal Citizens United to limit the influence of money in politics
Removing Inefficiency and Government Waste: Enact biennial budgeting process; don’t duplicate but consolidate programs to save money; improve federal purchasing to Buy Smarter and Save
Ensure Ethical Standards: Annual Ethics and Sexual Harassment training for Members and staff; Ban lobbyists from the House Floor; No purchasing First-Class air travel on Taxpayer dime
Increase Transparency & Openness: Require Members to disclose personal crop insurance subsidies; Increase public disclosure of Congressional trips; Require Congress to increase awareness of services available to constituents and require outside vendors disclose when Congress can provide services for free
Make Government Green: Increase energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in federal buildings; Cut down on paper waste by requiring opt-in to receive government publications; Improve energy sustainability programs in the military.
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Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement demanding answers directly from President Trump on the unanswered questions surrounding National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s resignation from his position after reportedly discussing sanctions relief with Russia while he was still a civilian and then lying about it:
Bill is part of Rep. Peters’ Fix Congress Now plan
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the 60 Day Rule Act, a bipartisan bill that would change the rules of the House of Representatives to break gridlock and make Congress more productive. The proposal would require any bill approved by a House committee to be voted on by the entire House of Representatives within 60 days of it passing committee. Currently, Congressional leadership has full discretion on which bills to advance to the House floor and which to block.
Condemns Attempt to Gut Congressional Ethics Office
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass three bills that will increase accountability at the VA, improve the quality of care veterans receive at VA hospitals, and expand and update certain benefits to better serve veterans and their families.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of noted white nationalist and anti-Semite Stephen Bannon to a senior White House position:
Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after voting to pass the FY17 Continuing Resolution, which funds the government until December 9, appropriates military construction and VA spending for the entire 2017 fiscal year including funding for construction at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and the Coastal Campus on Coronado, and includes $1.1 billion in emergency Zika funds: