Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Government Reform

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.

 

More information on making congress work here

More information on improving our elections here

More information on removing inefficiency and government waste here

More information on ensuring ethical standards here

More information on increasing transparency and openness here

More information on making government green here

Rep. Peters Announces Plan from Secretary Castro to Fix Homelessness Funding Formula

Late yesterday evening, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) spoke with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro about progress on updating the Continuum of Care formula that determines how federal homelessness funding is allocated. Secretary Castro indicated that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will put forward a proposal in mid-July that goes beyond Rep. Peters’ initial request of reopening the public comment period on the existing formula.

Rep. Peters Leads Bipartisan Energy Security Victories in National Security Budget

Throughout yesterday and into the night, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) championed forward thinking military energy security policies, smart and tough strategies to fight terrorism, and San Diego’s defense priorities during the House Armed Services Committee markup of the ‘National Defense Authorization Act,’ (NDAA), which serves as a roadmap for national defense spending for the 2017 Fiscal Year.

Rep. Peters Continues Push to Get Veterans Earned Benefits

Last night, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass the bipartisan Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act, which establishes fines or prison sentences of up to five years for people who engage in schemes to defraud veterans who are seeking to recover veterans benefits. Currently, there is no penalty for individuals who are not properly trained or certified to be paid for helping veterans pursue their claims.

Rep. Peters Helps Pass Older Americans Act, Funds Critical Programs for San Diego Seniors

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which funds a number of programs essential to San Diego seniors. This bipartisan victory will increase funding for these programs over three years and give certainty to Serving Seniors, Meals on Wheels of Greater San Diego, the County of San Diego, and others who provide services for San Diego seniors.

Rep. Peters Calls for Keeping Families Together, Focus on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) stood up for sensible immigration reform and against the deportation of undocumented immigrants that have children born in the United States. Rep. Peters opposed an anti-immigrant measure that would seek to undo the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program. Earlier this month, Peters registered his support of DAPA with the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas.

Rep. Peters Urges Congress to Get Back to Work during First Executive Overreach Task Force Hearing

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) took part in the first hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Task Force on Executive Overreach. The Task Force, made up of 12 Republicans and 8 Democrats from the Judiciary Committee, was created by House Republican Leadership to critique the overuse of executive authority. The hearing featured testimony from conservative political scholars as well as attacks on executive actions in many areas where Congress has failed to pass legislation of its own.

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