Our government is at its best when we are transparent and accountable to the people we represent. In San Diego, we know working together is what gets things done and solves problems. Unfortunately, Washington operates differently and San Diegans are rightfully frustrated with a gridlocked Congress and an inflexible federal bureaucracy. I’ve taken our bipartisan, solutions-oriented approach to getting things done to Washington because the government has to rebuild the trust it has lost with the American people through reforms and innovative problem-solving. From making Congress actually vote on bills that pass Committees to getting dark money out of our campaigns― we can make government more efficient and ethical. We can also increase transparency and reduce government waste by implementing renewable energy programs in federal buildings. Congress owes it to the communities we represent to make government work for the people again.
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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More on Government Reform
Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to oppose the deal reached by the president and congressional leadership to raise the budget caps and suspend the debt ceiling, citing our growing federal debt and concern about saddling the next generation with more taxes and debt. He blasted the deal, releasing the following statement:
Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted against repealing the “Cadillac tax,” because it did not include replacement revenue, corresponding cuts to other spending, or another way to rein in healthcare costs for millions of Americans.
Last week, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act to safeguard our elections from foreign interference. The bill requires voter-verified paper ballots for all votes, either hand-marked by the voter or by a ballot machine that cannot count votes; requires voting machines to be manufactured in the United States; and prohibits voting machines from requiring a WiFi signal to operate.
Earlier this week, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) called attention to the cost of climate change and its risks to the federal budget during a meeting of the House Budget Committee, which covered the budgetary consequences of delaying action on climate change and included testimony from climate scientists, public policy experts, and budget specialists. The meeting follows reports on the catastrophic cost of climate—both in loss of biodiversity and increased disaster-related spending.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass the For the People Act, a bill he cosponsored to improve campaign finance disclosure, protect and expand voting access, and hold public officials accountable to the American public.
“Americans asked, and we listened: the For the People Act delivers on our promise to fix our broken democracy and bring transparency to Congress, the White House, and entire federal government.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to support a 2.6 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees. Military service members have already received a 2.6 percent pay raise that went into effect on January 1, 2019. Rep. Peters issued the following statement after the House passed the funding:
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, and President Trump reached a deal that reopens the federal government by extending Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels through February 15. The agreement does not include funding for the border wall.
Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to pass new rules for the operation of the 116th session of Congress. These rules will allow for more open debate, advance widely bipartisan bills to the floor, require bills to be published 72 hours before they are brought to the House floor, fast-track overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation, and prohibit members of Congress or staff from serving on corporate boards. It also bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced a bill to help ensure that the federal government gets what it pays for on federal construction contracts.