Since 2013


Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Growing Our Innovation Economy

San Diego is at the forefront of innovation and discovery and our academic and research institutions are a main pillar of our economy. Biotech, med-tech, and other innovative life-science companies and research institutions, support almost 220,000 jobs. I am proud to represent such an inventive, prolific region and support entrepreneurs, businesses and government agencies that are improving lives from groundbreaking medical discoveries to energy innovation. 


Prioritizing Investment In Research And Development

  • Scott introduced H.R. 3757, the Igniting American Research Act that would extend the R&D tax credit, make permanent and increase the Alternative Simplified Credit (ASC) to 20%, and encourage more collaborative energy and biotechnology research. This would create at least 162,000 jobs and increase our GDP by $66 billion.
  • Scott voted for H.R. 4438, the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014, which establishes a similar permanent research tax credit.
  • Scott introduced H.R. 5056, the Research and Development Efficiency Act, which establishes a working group to streamline federal regulations and reporting requirements and to minimize the regulatory burden on researchers.  The bill passed the House in July 2014.
  • Scott introduced H.R. 2421, the Renewable Chemicals Parity Act of 2013, which would give renewable chemicals parity to biorefinery projects and other biobased programs in the Farm Bill’s energy title.
  • Scott advocated for increasing NIH funding to $35 billion, nearly $3 billion more than the President’s request, in order to continue crucial investments in life science and health research.
  • Scott visited NIH and met with director Dr. Francis Collins to discuss how scientific research improves human health and strengthens our economy.
  • Scott sent a request to the Appropriations Committee asking that the National Science Foundation be funded at $7.626 billion.
  • Scott signed a letter to the Appropriations Committee advocating for the National Science Foundation.

Scott supports:

  • H.R. 3084, the Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act of 2013, which allows a business-related tax credit for the production of renewable chemicals by establishing a five-year program to allocate credit amounts.
  • H.R. 3473, the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Tax Credit Extension Act of 2013, offering tax credits to keep the US on the cutting edge of medical technology innovation.
  • H.R. 523, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013, to repeal the excise tax on medical device manufacturers.
  • H.R. 4384, the America HEALS Act, establishing a sustained biomedical research fund to advance various research firms, including Veterans Affairs prosthetic research programs.

Scott is a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Algae Caucus.

Promoting Health Innovation

In 2014 Scott was awarded the 2014 Visionary Award from the California Health Institute at their Inspiring Biomedical Innovation Program, which supports the life sciences, public policy and patient advocacy communities.

Scott introduced H.R. 3577, the Health Savings Through Technology Act, which would create a commission to inventory existing data pertaining to wireless health technologies, examine the cost-savings that can be achieved by increasing the use of wireless health technologies, and develop a comprehensive strategy for integrating these technologies into federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, which often serve the mobility-impaired and elderly.

Scott introduced H.R.3507, the 21st Century Care for Military and Veterans Act, which would expand reimbursement policies covering the use of telehealth services, including mental health monitoring, under TRICARE and the VA Medical System. This would allow active duty service members and veterans to receive the most modern care available, while limiting bureaucratic obstacles.

Supporting Entrepreneurship And Innovation

  • Scott hosted Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer at UCSD to highlight San Diego’s ‘Innovation Economy’ and promote our region’s economic potential.
  • Scott introduced an amendment to ­H.R. 4189, the FIRST Act that generates a study of university-based incubators and accelerators to identify best practices based on how these programs help inspire the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in our students. This amendment was adopted by the Research and Technology Subcommittee.
  • Scott voted to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and not unfairly burdening universities, start-up companies, and small business by voting against H.R. 3309.

Scott supports:

  • H.R. 3918, the Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Enhancement Act, which would amend sections of the Technology Innovation Act of 1980 to improve the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and regional innovation programs.
  • H.R. 2582, the PATENT Jobs Act, which ensures that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is exempt from sequestration by adding it to the list of exempt agencies.

Scott introduced H.Res 401, a bill to honor the memory of Duane Roth and recognize the third Tuesday of every November as National Entrepreneurs’ Day, paying tribute to America’s original pioneers, and educating, invigorating, and inspiring America’s next generation to successfully pursue new ventures. This bill will bolster America’s position as a global economic leader and innovator.

Scott introduced H.Res 733, a bill to designate the month of September as "Clinical Research Innovation Month". Last year alone, clinical research efforts led to over 85 new drugs approved by the FDA, aiding the fights against cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and countless other ailments.

Scott is a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, where he sits on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology and the Subcommittee on Oversight.

More on Growing Our Innovation Economy

Sep 5, 2022 In The News

A congressman sponsoring a bipartisan marijuana research bill displayed a package of THC-infused gummies from a California dispensary on Wednesday, underscoring the unique challenges that scientists interested in studying cannabis face under federal prohibition.

Aug 11, 2022 Press Release

SAN DIEGO – As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on the Inflation Reduction Act this week, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement on the bill’s prescription drug pricing provisions originally laid out in his Reduced Costs and Continued Cures Act.

Jun 16, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— This week, Rep.

Apr 1, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to pass the bipartisan Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever passed by the U.S. Congress that decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level and expunges from an individual’s record all non-violent federal marijuana criminal offenses.

Mar 11, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a historic federal spending bill that will make substantial investments in San Diego priorities that Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) fought to secure for Fiscal Year 2022.

Mar 1, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement in response to President Biden’s first State of the Union address:

“President Biden’s message tonight was clear: we are building a better America.

Feb 15, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions to enhance American leadership on clean manufacturing. Built on policies fought for by Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) and other climate leaders in Congress, the historic measures will create good-paying jobs, revitalize local economies, lower prices for consumers, and boost the United States’ competitiveness in global markets. On top of these benefits, the actions will help put the U.S.

Feb 4, 2022 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) supported the House passage of the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (America COMPETES) Act, a comprehensive package to make transformational new investments in research, innovation and American manufacturing that will ensure that our country can outcompete any nation in the world, now and for decades to come. The bill will accelerate U.S.

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to pass the Build Back Better Act, the most robust investment in middle-class families in over 70 years, and the most significant climate legislation in American history. The comprehensive package will strengthen America’s middle class and the U.S. economy by reducing everyday costs for working Americans, building the clean energy economy of the future, and investing in families and children. The historic bill includes several of Rep.

Nov 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) announced a historic deal he helped broker between House Democratic Leadership, the Senate, and the White House that, if enacted as part of the Build Back Better Act, would cap what seniors pay at the pharmacy counter for the first time and would allow Medicare to directly negotiate drugs in both Parts B and D.