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, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass three bills to increase transparency and accountability in government. The reforms would protect the integrity of merit-based public service positions, increase support for whistleblowers, and prohibit paying for portraits of federal officers and employees with taxpayer dollars.
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) cancelled his plans to return home tonight and pledged to stay in Washington D.C. as long as it takes to fight for a long-term government spending plan that adequately funds our national defense, and one that reflects American values, including protections for Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the country as children, who the Trump Administration tried to kick out by ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program earlier this year.
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:
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass a resolution that will require all members of the House of Representatives, staff, and interns to undergo anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. Ever since being elected to office, Rep. Peters and everyone on his staff has been required to complete this training.
Rep. Peters released the following statement:
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) strongly opposed the tax reform bill passed on a party-line vote on the House floor today. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) calls for unpaid tax cuts that will increase our national debt by at least $1.5 trillion, shrink the economy, and eliminate American jobs. This plan will raise taxes for Californians dramatically.
Today, U.S. Congressmen Scott Peters (CA-52) voted against the Financial CHOICE Act, a bill containing many provisions that would gut Wall Street reforms and consumer protections put in place under the Dodd-Frank Act after the 2008 financial crisis. The bill eliminates the independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was set up to protect Americans from abusive financial practices and has helped nearly 29 million consumers.
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.