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.


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Rep. Peters Intro’s Bill to Increase Transparency on Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced H.R. 5634, “Stop Hiding Congressional Farm Subsidies Act,” legislation which would require public disclosure of crop insurance premium subsidies received by Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, their immediate families, and entities of which they are majority shareholders.

Rep. Peters Intros Bill to Increase Transparency on Disaster Spending

Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the “Disclosing Aid Spent to Ensure Relief (DISASTER) Act,” legislation to improve transparency on how much federal money is being spent on natural disaster response, and where we are spending it. The bill will make it easier for the public and policymakers to understand the real budgetary impacts of disasters and how to appropriately respond.

Rep. Peters Calls Out ‘Early Dismissal’; Demands Vote for Wildfires

“Wildfires are raging across thousands of acres in California right now, amplifying the urgent need for this legislative solution that ensures we can fight fires without stealing from prevention,” Rep. Peters said. “As we face longer, more intense wildfire seasons this fix will only become more necessary. This bill would pass today if given a vote – communities like mine in San Diego shouldn’t suffer because of continued Washington dysfunction.”

Rep. Peters Criticizes ‘Early Dismissal’; Demands Vote to Combat Veterans’ Homelessness

“Despite progress in reducing the number of homeless veterans on our streets, there is still work to be done and we should not rest until every veteran is being served with the honor and respect they deserve,” Rep. Peters said. “Far too many veterans are falling through the cracks and don’t know where to turn for help, which is why programs like the recently launched Military Transition Support Project, which provides a central portal of key information to veterans, are so important.

Rep. Peters’ Statement on President’s Further Actions to Reform VA, Improve Economic Opportunities for Servicemembers

Since arriving in Congress, Rep. Peters has been a constant advocate for servicemembers, veterans, and the families that support them. One of his first pieces of legislation, H.R. 1714 – the Shelter Our Servicemembers (SOS) Act, is aimed at reducing the population of elderly homeless veterans. He also brought together military commanders, non-profit organizations, and veterans’ community leaders to start the Military Transition Support Project (MTSP), which will create a central portal for new veterans to access information on benefits, housing, and employment.

Congressman Peters Statement on Vote Against H.R. 3309

While I support patent reform that provides more transparency in patent ownership, I want to ensure that the right piece of legislation is put forward – one that deters bad actors but does not unfairly burden universities, start-up companies, and small and large businesses alike. It is my hope that we can bring all interested parties to the table for future reforms to ensure that we maintain our nation’s competitive advantage in innovation and entrepreneurism.

Congressman Peters’ Statement on Staff Health Benefits

“All of my staff will participate in the exchanges, without exception. Despite reports that individual offices may determine the health care options for their staffs, I believe that my staff should enter the exchanges as was the initial intent of the law. This is consistent with my strong belief that Members of Congress and our staff should abide by the same rules as all Americans.”