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. Scott Peters’ Statement Supporting Planned Parenthood

“Today’s hearing was a political sideshow meant to undercut women’s healthcare. The idea that we would shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood’s healthcare services – as some extreme Members of Congress have suggested – is reckless and irresponsible. It is ironic that any effort to defund Planned Parenthood and the contraceptive services they provide would result in reduced access to family planning, an increase in unwanted pregnancies, and more abortions in our country.”

Rep. Peters Celebrates Voting Rights Act Anniversary, Calls for Bipartisan Action

“When I was growing up, my Dad, a now-retired Lutheran minister, fought to desegregate housing in the suburbs of Detroit and taught me that everyone has value, we all deserve equal treatment, and that our country is best served by ensuring a voice for all – including through the ballot box. On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we must celebrate how far we have come in making it easier for Americans to vote and stop efforts that curb the ability of our fellow citizens to cast their ballot. We should all be able to agree that our society is better off when we make it easier to fulfill the fundamental civic responsibility of voting.”

Reps. Peters, Hunter, Sinema Introduce Bill to Use UAVs to Fight Wildfires, Save Lives

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) joined forces to introduce H.R. 2909, the “Protecting Firefighters and Promoting Innovation Act.” This bipartisan legislation will leverage innovative technologies for California firefighters, reducing risks for first responders and improving the effectiveness of wildfire fighting strategies.

Rep. Peters Fights for LGBT Non-Discrimination in Federal Transportation and Housing Programs

“No American should be fired or denied a job or place to live for being who they are or because of who they love,” Rep. Peters said. “My amendment would demonstrate that Congress is willing to lead on equality and fairness as we work toward full non-discrimination provisions for LGBT individuals.”

House Dem calls for five-day workweek

Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) wants the House to work five days a week when it is in session.

 

Lawmakers typically fly in from their districts for Monday votes at 6:30 p.m. and depart Washington by mid-afternoon Thursday. Occasionally the House starts its week Tuesday evening and adjourns Friday afternoon.

But Peters introduced a resolution — on the eve of a two-week congressional recess — that would change the House's standing rules so that it meets five days a week for 39 weeks each year. Weeks that include holidays would be shortened to four voting days.

A Day on the Hill

- Representative government, a staple of our democracy, is something we often learn about in school…and yet seldom engage in beyond voting.  But for the last several years, through my interactions with the National Writing Project, I have had the opportunity to push myself to delve more deeply into the governing process as I visit the congressional representatives of our region to advocate for our organization by heading to Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

House and Senate Hold Hearings on FCC Oversight

On March 18 and 19, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Senate Commerce Committee) and the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s (House Commerce Committee’s) Subcommittee on Communications and Technology respectively held hearings concerning oversight of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) policy decisions and the process by which it reaches them.  All five FCC Commissioners testified at the two hearings.

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