Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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May 7, 2021

Dear friend,

San Diego is well on its way to recovery as over 3,000,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the County. If your work schedule has gotten in the way of getting your vaccine, three County vaccination sites are now open during night hours. There are extended appointment windows for all sites, and plans for more pop-up and drop-in clinics are in the works. You can find more information here.

During this pandemic, certain figures in our society have made a lasting impact on our lives – such as teachers. Their jobs have never been more difficult than they are now. During teacher appreciation week, I hope you take the time to thank our teachers for their service and dedication to educating students of all ages.

This week, I continued my work here in San Diego. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


This Week's Casework Success Story

Cezar from Point Loma is a Navy veteran who contacted my office to correct his leave balance after he switched Navy civil service positions. He had been trying to correct this issue himself for over a year. After my staff opened an inquiry and contacted the Defense Finance Accounting Service, the amount was corrected. Three weeks later, Cezar received $2806.48 in back pay.

"(Rep. Peters' staff member) did an OUTSTANDING job in helping me resolve my case when I sent the letter. She responded quickly and updated me on the steps that were taken by the office. I was amazed when I got the check in the mail and the letter on the same day...Thanks to (staff member) and her hard work and willingness to help people."

- Cezar from Point Loma


District Work

"Back to Work SD" Event

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On Tuesday, I joined Mayor Todd Gloria in Kearny Mesa to discuss how the American Rescue Plan is helping small businesses in San Diego. I met Lana, the owner of the Queen Bee Dance Studio on Convoy Street, and learned how her business thrived before the pandemic. Small businesses like Lana's account for about 59% of San Diego's workforce and serve as the backbone of our regional economy.

I will continue supporting the vital partnership between local and federal government to help San Diego roar back after this pandemic.

Virtual Town Hall: "State of the AAPI Community"

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On Thursday, I joined the Asian Pacific American Coalition for a town hall on the state of the AAPI community. Other attendees included community leaders and elected officials including Supervisor Terra-Lawson Remer, District Attorney Summer Stephan, Mayor Todd Gloria, and Councilmember Chris Cate.

As a proud member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I spoke about the AAPI community's contributions to the 52nd district, the horrible hate crimes against Asian Americans, and my support of Rep. Grace Meng’s (NY-6) COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act.

I continue celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and hope to see everyone again in person in the near future.

“Toast to Tourism” for National Travel and Tourism Week

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Also on Thursday, I joined the San Diego Tourism Authority for a virtual celebration of Travel and Tourism Week. As a major travel destination and the 7th largest city in the country, the loss of tourists in San Diego due to COVID-19 hurt a major economic engine in our region. Around 70,000 tourism and hospitality workers lost their jobs at the peak of the pandemic, and visitor spending fell from $11.6 billion in 2019 to $5.2 billion in 2020.

I discussed my support for projects that further bolster our reputation as an international destination, and the road to recovery for San Diego and its hospitality industry. Thank you to the San Diego Tourism Authority for its hard work to uplift our businesses in the face of such adversity.


Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program Update

This week, the application portal for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) opened for eligible businesses. Established through the American Rescue Plan, the $28.6 billion program is providing aid to restaurants, bars, food trucks, and other food and drink establishments. The White House released data on the program's progress and found that in the first two days:

  • 186,200 restaurants, bars, and other eligible businesses in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and five U.S. Territories applied for relief, and
  • 61,700 applications came from businesses with under $500,000 in annual pre-pandemic revenue, representing some of the smallest restaurants and bars in the country.

While all small businesses are welcome to apply, the Small Business Administration will prioritize funding applications from small businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals for the first 21 days of the program. After the 21 days, all eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.


FYI: Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program & Service Academy Nominations

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for a new GI Bill program designed to train veterans for high-demand jobs. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program offers education and training to veterans who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for eligibility requirements and more details.

 

Each year, I have the privilege of nominating students to attend our nation's service academies. My office is now accepting applications for this year's Service Academy Nominations. Click here for more information.


Participate in our Weekly Poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

President Biden continues to lay out plans for comprehensive legislation like the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan. How important of a role do you think bipartisanship and compromise in Congress should play to move these plans forward?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: "This week, President Biden delivered his Joint Address to Congress. Did you watch? If so, were you encouraged by the president's message?"

Here are the results:

332 Responses: 52.4% I watched the address and felt optimistic about the direction in which President Biden is leading the country. 25.9% I watched the address and do not agree with President Biden’s leadership so far. 21.7% Other


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

To stay updated on my work throughout the week, you can also follow my social media accounts by clicking on the icons below.

May 7, 2021

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April 30, 2021

Dear friend,

We continue to make strides in the fight against COVID-19. This week, California registered the lowest positivity case rate in the country at 1.2%. This rate is the lowest positivity rate our state has experienced in a year. In addition, San Diego County COVID-19 clinics are now offering vaccines without appointments. To see a full list of sites and schedules, click here. 

There's more good news if you're one of the millions of Americans who has been fully vaccinated. You may reduce the usage of masks when outdoors according to updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to learn more about what you can start doing and what you should keep doing to stay safe. 

This week, I continued my work here in San Diego. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative work

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing: “The Fiscal Year 2022 EPA Budget”

On Thursday during an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing, I stressed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) critical role in cleaning up the environmental catastrophe in the Tijuana River Valley afflicting San Diego’s coastal communities.

This problem has worsened in recent years, as the river and the nearby canyons have experienced toxic, dangerous spills every single day. This occurrence forces local officials to close beaches and challenges our military training and readiness. During the hearing, I urged Administrator Michael S. Regan from the EPA to take the following actions:

  1. Implement urgent fixes to slow the flows;
  2. Rapidly build a diversion structure through an executive order or fast-tracked through a different process;
  3. Convey a sense of urgency to the Biden Administration about the need for the State Department to engage with Mexico to ensure officials south of the border build necessary infrastructure to stem this flow, and;
  4. To join me and Rep. Juan Vargas, who represents the border area, for a visit to see this crisis in person and witness how these spills hurt our region.

Towards the end of this hearing, I received Administrator Regan's commitment to join Rep. Vargas and me in San Diego to see this public health threat in person.

Click here to watch my full testimony during this hearing.

Introduction of the REPAIR Act

On Thursday, I also helped introduce the bicameral, bipartisan Reinventing Economic Partnerships and Infrastructure Redevelopment (REPAIR) Act to create jobs and build the new 21st century infrastructure America needs to remain competitive.

For years, the federal government has struggled to fund our country’s infrastructure needs. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, the U.S. lags behind twelve nations in overall infrastructure. The REPAIR Act would establish an Infrastructure Financing Authority to complement federal funds through loans and loan guarantees. Proposed projects would undergo rigorous analysis and must show clear public benefit, meet economic, technical and environmental standards and be backed by a dedicated revenue stream.

America’s crumbling roads, bridges, railway, transmission lines, water and broadband systems require significant, long-term investments that go beyond maintenance. To build a prosperous America, we must have functioning, up-to-date infrastructure that meets our 21st century needs. This bill will bring our infrastructure systems up to speed while keeping fiscal sustainability in mind.


Meeting with CEO of Zero8Hundred

On Monday, I met with Rich Wiley, interim CEO of zero8hundred. Zero8hundred is a military transition support project I helped launch in San Diego that works to ease veterans' transition to civilian life. To provide assistance, zero8hundred first matches transitioning personnel with a military-connected counselor to help identify their unique needs and then connects them to resources available to meet those needs in San Diego, Riverside, Imperial or Orange counties.

During this meeting, I reiterated my support for this organization and its mission to support those transitioning into civilian life. Zero8hundred's work continues to lead by example and serves as a national model for helping our veterans and their families.


Meeting with Feeding San Diego

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On Monday, I met with Dan Shea, CEO of Feeding San Diego, and organization staff to discuss continued food rescue operations throughout San Diego County. Thank you to the hard-working volunteers and staff who have supported those who face food insecurity in our region.


Covered California media event

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On Tuesday, I participated in a virtual event to discuss recent changes to the Affordable Care Act created through the passage of the American Rescue Plan. The plan passed by Congress and signed into law is providing $3B to California's economy to help around 2.5 million people including the uninsured and those enrolled directly through health insurance carriers. In San Diego, nearly 200,000 people stand to benefit from the new financial help that is now available.

Click here to sign up for lower-cost health insurance during Covered California's special enrollment period today for coverage starting tomorrow.


Meeting with Director General Louis M. Huang

Earlier today, I met with Director General Louis M. Huang from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles. We discussed the importance of U.S.-Taiwan relations and Taiwan's participation in the 74th World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of the World Health Organization. During my meeting with Director General Huang, I stated my support for Taiwan's participation in this event, given the country's effective COVID-19 response which has been recognized around the world.


Opening of the application portal for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Next Monday at 9 A.M., the application portal for the Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund will open for eligible businesses.  Restaurants, caterers, bars, bakeries, breweries, wineries and distilleries are some of the businesses that qualify to receive this emergency assistance which was made possible by the passage of the American Rescue Plan.

For more information and details on this funding, click here.


Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

This week, President Biden delivered his Joint Address to Congress. Did you watch? If so, were you encouraged by the president's message?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: Do you support the establishment of a national "vaccine passport" to be able to enter certain places and complete certain activities such as travel?

Here are the results:

418 Responses: 56.7% Yes, this would consolidate databases around the country and help keep track of our recovery. 29.2% No, I'm concerned about my medical privacy and/or my choice to get vaccinated or not. 14.1% Other


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

To stay updated on my work throughout the week, you can also follow my social media accounts by clicking on the icons below.

Apr 30, 2021

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April 23, 2021

Dear friend,

All Americans adults across the country are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on sites and appointments in San Diego County, click here. While we still have work to do, I assure you that my colleagues and I in Congress are doing all that we can to deliver relief to support Americans and build a solid path to recovery.

This week, I continued my work from Washington, D.C. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


This week's casework success story

Liam from La Jolla is a third-year medical student at UC San Diego who had applied to work at the VA. He hadn't heard back in a year due to COVID-related delays. As Liam approached the end of medical school, he was worried about missing out on the opportunity to help veterans in healthcare.

Liam contacted our office earlier this month and asked for assistance. My staff opened an inquiry on this issue and sent it to the San Diego VA Healthcare System. The VA responded to our inquiry ten days later and notified Liam that he had been accepted for employment.

“Thank you so much for all your help in this regard! I’m super happy with the result and looking forward to getting started working with the VA.”

- Liam from La Jolla


Legislative work

Visit to the White House

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This week, I visited the White House with my fellow members of the New Democrat Coalition leadership team. As the coalition's Vice Chair of Policy, I discussed our top priorities with the Biden Administration and how our investments today in jobs and infrastructure will pave the way toward a better tomorrow.

Introduction of the Methane Emissions Technology to Help Achieve Net-Zero Emissions (METHANE) Act

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This week on Earth Day, I introduced the Methane Emissions Technology to Help Achieve Net-Zero Emissions (METHANE) Act, a long-term, durable solution to curb dangerous methane emissions and put the United States on competitive footing with the rest of the world. 

Methane, a super pollutant more potent and harmful than carbon dioxide, is responsible for about 25 percent of the human-made warming we experience today. The METHANE Act will improve our monitoring, reporting, and verification requirements for methane emissions. It would direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set methane intensity standards for oil and gas facilities with substantial emission levels, allowing each facility owner to determine how to meet the relevant standard.

We can't afford to wait any longer to address climate change. Our health, livelihoods and future depend on it. Click here to read more about the METHANE Act and my other 2021 climate priorities.

House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing: "Generating Equity: Deploying a Just and Clean Energy Future"

On Tuesday, the Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing to discuss how we can improve clean energy access and equity. I asked Subin DeVar, director of the Initiative for Energy Justice, about policies needed to maintain and develop strong energy economies in diverse regions of the country, and about the specific data the federal government should be collecting to improve clean energy access and equity.

Meeting with the California Restaurant Association

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On Thursday, I met with local members of the California Restaurant Association. The attendees own and operate restaurants in the 52nd district. We discussed pressing issues the restaurant industry faces today as well as how they have depended on COVID-19 relief, including the Paycheck Protection Program, as a lifeline. We also spoke about the Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund and what immigration reform can mean for the restaurant business.

Launch of the Construction Procurement Caucus

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Also on Thursday, I helped launch the bipartisan Construction Procurement Caucus. I co-founded the Construction Procurement Caucus last Congress with Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-8) to provide support and information to Members of Congress and their staff about the significant role the federal government plays in construction and design projects.

The federal government is the largest customer in the world and relies heavily on private businesses of all sizes when procuring goods and services. Several major construction projects in my district have required support from the federal government. Construction on military campuses, like the modernization of Coronado’s Navy SEAL facilities and improvements to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, have been critical to our national security. Public transit projects in San Diego, such as the Mid Coast light rail extension, were made possible with a substantial federal construction investment.

As we emerge from the dual public health and economic crises of COVID, investing in our infrastructure will be key for job maintenance and creation. The past year has been difficult, but the opportunity for construction to continue amidst an onslaught of closures is a silver lining. I want to thank to all our essential construction and design workers who have kept building throughout the pandemic.


Update on the reopening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal

After a temporary closure due to technological issues, the Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen tomorrow, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. PST) for operators of live venues and related businesses to apply for critical economic relief.

The SBA made several changes after the portal closed earlier this month, including clarifying requirements, making program documentation more user-friendly and improving application portal security mechanisms.

Click here to access the portal to apply.


NEXT WEEK: Virtual event on Covered California's extended enrollment period

Next week, I will participate in a special virtual event to drive awareness for Covered California's extended enrollment period. This extended period was made possible by the expanded subsidies of the American Rescue Plan Act and allows any eligible individual to sign up for health care coverage through the exchange without needing a qualifying life event. I'll discuss the continued importance of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on individuals in my district.

You can watch the event next Tuesday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. here: http://hbex.coveredca.com/stakeholders/webinar/


Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

As the number of vaccinated Americans continues to grow, there are proposals for a "vaccine passport" for people prove they’re inoculated against COVID-19. Do you support the establishment of a national "vaccine passport" to be able to enter certain places and complete certain activities such as travel?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: Do you support a carbon fee and dividend as part of a national strategy to curb carbon emissions?

Here are the results:

322 Responses: 21.7% Yes 30.4% No 36.6% I support this effort combined with other measures to tackle climate change. 11.3% Other


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

To stay updated on my work throughout the week, you can also follow my social media accounts by clicking on the icons below.

Apr 23, 2021

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April 16, 2021

Dear friend,

If you haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, all Californians over the age of 16 are now eligible to get it. County officials recommend checking in first with your healthcare provider to receive a vaccine. If you can't get one from a provider, the County and its partners are offering vaccinations. Click here to schedule an appointment.

We continue making progress as more than one million San Diego County residents have received at least one vaccine dose. I'm grateful for all of our volunteers and health professionals who are moving this operation forward. Let's honor their work by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and washing our hands frequently.

This week, I continued my work from Washington, D.C. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative work

Reintroduction of the Build More Housing Near Transit Act, Build for Future Disasters Act of 2021 and the TRUST Act

This week, I reintroduced three bills: one to help tackle the country's housing crisis; another to discourage costly development in regions prone to flooding; and a third to prevent the insolvency of trust funds that support critical programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

  • The updated, bipartisan Build More Housing Near Transit Act encourages the construction of low and middle-income housing in transit-served, walkable locations. This bill would maximize federal investment in transit and increase housing options for Americans amid a shortage of affordable and available homes, especially for those who routinely spend more than half of their incomes on rent. This legislation also boosts efforts to protect the environment by getting more cars off the road and growing transit ridership.
    • Click here to watch my remarks on this bill during the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Members' Day hearing.
  • The Build for Future Disasters Act of 2021 would end the costly system of building, flooding and rebuilding perpetuated by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP.) Federal taxpayer money is currently subsidizing the rebuilding of structures in some areas prone to flooding, and this bill would instead encourage regional resiliency planning as we prepare for future climate crisis-induced disasters.
  • The Time to Rescue United States’ Trusts (TRUST) Act is bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would create a process to rescue federal trust funds from the threat of insolvency. Last September, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that four of the major trust funds will exhaust their reserves within the next 11 years. Some of our most important federal programs are financed through dedicated revenue sources and managed through trust funds. By addressing key structural issues behind the debt, Congress can put our major federal programs on stronger footing.

Joint Economic Committee hearing: “Vaccinations and the Economic Recovery”

On Wednesday, I took part in the Joint Economic Committee's hearing on the role vaccinations play in our economic recovery. I serve as one of only six Democratic House members on the bicameral committee in which members of both the Senate and House of Representatives participate. This was my first hearing on the committee since being appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in March

We discussed the barriers involved with vaccine access, the importance of continued testing including the development of home testing and confidence in vaccine efficacy, among other topics.


Interview with the Evangelical Environmental Network

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On Tuesday, I spoke with Rev. Mitch Hescox, President and C.E.O. of the Evangelical Environmental Network. This organization is a ministry that educates and mobilizes Christians to get involved in regions impacted by pollution, and advocate for policies that honor God and protect the environment. I spoke about my personal beliefs and how they're connected to my efforts to tackle climate change. We also discussed the need to address fugitive methane released from the oil and gas industry, and how a carbon fee and dividend can incentivize all economic actors--from middle-income families to large corporations--to reduce carbon emissions. 

Livestream event on the pragmatic plan to tackle climate change with the Neoliberal Project

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On Wednesday, I spoke to Colin Mortimer from the Neoliberal Project on Twitch, a livestreaming platform. Our discussion on climate change covered a wide range of topics including the value of a carbon fee, building housing near public transit, and the development of clean energy sources. While we know we can't make meaningful changes overnight, I believe practical solutions should bring us together in our fight against climate change. If you missed this event, you can watch it here. 

San Diego Workforce Partnership board meeting

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On Thursday, I spoke at the San Diego Workforce Partnership's board meeting. This local nonprofit connects job seekers and employers throughout San Diego County. I discussed my role as part of the Joint Economic Committee, how the American Rescue Plan Act invests in our recovering workforce, and the need to keep investing in quality training programs for workers. We also spoke about the push to raise the federal minimum wage and how there can be a compromise in Congress to make this happen.


Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

Economists and scientists agree that putting a price on carbon is a vital step to combat climate change. A bill I recently cosponsored, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, would price carbon at $15 per metric ton of CO2e and increase the price by $10 every year. In turn, 100% of the net revenue would be given back as a rebate to American families.

Do you support a carbon fee and dividend as part of a national strategy to curb carbon emissions?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: "Do you agree with San Diego's role to support federal officials as they work to process large numbers of unaccompanied minors at our southern border?"

Here are the results:

417 Responses: 63.8% Yes 22.5% No 13.7% Other


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

To stay updated on my work throughout the week, you can also follow my social media accounts by clicking on the icons below.

Apr 16, 2021

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April 9, 2021

Dear friend,

Encouraging news continues to come our way as San Diego County finds itself in the orange tier, a category with fewer restrictions and capacity limits, as the case rate has remained under six cases per every 100,000 residents for the last two weeks. In addition, Governor Newsom announced that the state's economy is looking to fully reopen on June 15th if vaccine supply is sufficient and hospitalizations remain low.

Please remain vigilant as we approach the end of this devastating pandemic. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

This week, I continued my work here in San Diego. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Virtual press conference on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

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On Tuesday, I participated in a press conference on this significant climate change proposal with Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-22), Judy Chu (CA-27) and Charlie Crist (FL-13.) The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would put a price on carbon and return 100% of the net revenue as a rebate to American families. This legislation seeks to reduce U.S. carbon pollution by up to 45% by 2030, with a net zero target by 2050 by pricing carbon at $15 per metric ton of CO2e and increasing the price by $10 every year. Click here to watch the press conference.


District work

Virtual Discussion on the SBA's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

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This week, I held a virtual discussion to announce the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. Last month, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act, which created several programs to help both employers and employees withstand the impact of this once-in-a generation pandemic. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is a $15 billion dollar grant fund for music venues, movie and live theaters, performing arts operators, and talent representatives, along with some museums, aquariums and zoos.

During this event, we heard directly from the U.S. Small Business Administration about this program and application process. Local owners and operators, including Martha Gilmer from the San Diego Symphony, Joe Rinaldi from Music Box and Adolfo Fastlicht from TheLot shared how COVID-19 has impacted them and why this assistance is so urgently needed. As we recover from this crisis, I'm committed to help my constituents understand the benefits available to them. Find more information on this grant here. If you missed this event, click here to watch.

Meeting with Afira DeVries, CEO of Monarch School Project 

On Monday, I met with Afira DeVries, who became the CEO of Monarch School Project last August. Monarch has served San Diego homeless youth for over thirty years. We spoke about how trauma-informed interactions with students help their learning. We also discussed how the educational model employed at the Monarch School can be scaled across the nation to support vulnerable children.

Meeting with Evofem Biosciences

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Also on Tuesday, I met with the CEO and team of Evofem Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company located in the 52nd district. Their hormone-free birth control product, Phexxi, has been on the market since last May, but does not fall under any of the current categories on the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) published contraceptive chart. Updating this chart with a new category would increase access to Phexxi, especially for women who are unable to take hormones or for those who seek an alternative to birth control with hormones. As a longtime advocate for a woman’s right to choose, I know that access to contraceptives remains an essential tool to securing the health and economic well-being of American women and their families.


This week's casework success story

Last month, Izzy from Mira Mesa contacted my office for assistance with his expedited passport renewal. He had applied for an expedited renewal ahead of an upcoming travel date, but then learned that the Department of State was overwhelmed. When he reached out to the State Department for assistance, they suggested he book an emergency appointment locally. With his travel date one week away, Izzy reached out to my office for assistance. My staff submitted Izzy's proof of travel plans as part of an inquiry to the National Passport Information Center. Three days later, the Information Center notified my office that the request was processed successfully, and Izzy received his passport in the mail the very next day.

"I cannot express in words how grateful my partner and I are for Congressman Scott Peters and his office’s help in getting my passport issued in time. The level of responsiveness and care we were given is something we truly take to heart."

- Izzy from Mira Mesa


Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

The San Diego Convention Center is currently serving as an emergency intake center for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the U.S. as part of a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the City of San Diego. Do you agree with San Diego's role to support federal officials as they work to process large numbers of unaccompanied minors at our southern border?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter.

Last week's question was: President Biden released details on his new plan to rebuild America's infrastructure and reshape the economy. What investments do you think should be included in a comprehensive infrastructure package? Here are the results:

304 Responses: 17.1% Bridges, railroads, roads, broadband access 2.6% Wind power, solar power, sidewalks, bike lanes 51.6% All of the above 28.7% Other


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

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Apr 9, 2021

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April 2, 2021

 

 

Dear Friend, 

 

There continues to be good news as we work to fight COVID-19.

 

All Californians over 50 are now eligible for vaccines, and those over 16 will be eligible on April 15. Three vaccination sites were opened throughout San Diego county this week, including new clinics in Mountain View, North Inland, and Sherman Heights. The faster we can get vaccines into arms, the quicker our lives will return to normal.

 

This week, I continued my work representing San Diego. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative Work

Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act Introduction

We can’t save the planet without making every single person an actor in this crucial effort; placing a price on carbon does that.

Yesterday, I joined Representatives Ted Deutch (FL-22), Judy Chu (CA-27), Charlie Crist (FL-13), and Anna Eshoo (CA-18) to introduce the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which establishes a carbon pricing system that returns 100% of the revenue to American families. The bill is poised to reduce emissions, empower markets to transition to a low-carbon economy, and immediately work to slow climate change.

Briefing with Local Leaders & Stakeholders about new Community Project Funding

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For the first time in almost a decade, the House Appropriations Committee will be accepting Community Project Funding requests. This initiative allows Members of Congress to target federal funds towards projects and programs in their respective congressional districts that will address the most significant needs facing the communities they represent. 

On Tuesday, I hosted a briefing with over 35 San Diego leaders to cover the new Community Project Funding process. I was joined by my best friend in Congress, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), who is a member of the Appropriations Committee and initiated the revival of community funding through his role as Chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.


District Work

National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021

Monday marked National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which recognizes the withdrawal of the last combat troops from Vietnam in 1973.

San Diego is a better place because it is the home of so many veterans who have served in the name of our country. Many of our nation's Vietnam veterans, as they returned home decades ago, did not receive the gratitude they deserved nor an acknowledgement of their sacrifices made during this conflict.

I send my heartfelt thanks, gratitude, and appreciation to all our Vietnam Veterans and their families.

Click here to watch my message to Vietnam veterans in light of this special day.

Virtual Las Mañanitas Breakfast for César Chávez Day

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Wednesday was César Chávez Day, which honors the life and legacy of César Chávez, a pioneer of civil rights. Through his leadership and altruism, Chávez improved working and living conditions for migrant farm laborers across the country.

I attended the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs' Las Mañanitas Breakfast to celebrate the resilience and accomplishments of the organization's Chavistas - student leaders in the San Diego community. It was a pleasure to hear from these inspiring young people about their achievements. 

Navy Broadway Complex Site Visit

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I send a big thank you to Navy Region Southwest's CAPT Ovios and new Executive Director Mark Keck for giving me a tour of the new Broadway Complex building on Wednesday. The state-of-the-art facility will serve as an excellent workplace for our hardworking Sailors and civilian workforce as they fulfill our national security objectives. We discussed COVID-19 protocol, current operations, and ways Congress can support San Diego's Sailors, and I'm grateful for their service and sacrifices on behalf of our nation.

Meeting with Consul General of Canada

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I met with the Consul General of Canada Zaib Shaikh to discuss trade relations and joint efforts to combat the ongoing climate crisis. Trade between Canada and San Diego is valued at over $800 million and supports 12,000 jobs. We should leverage those relationships to increase cooperation in areas such as wildfire prevention and carbon pricing - two issues that matter to both San Diegans and Canadians. I look forward to continuing our work together for a better future.

World Trade Center San Diego Go Global Event

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On Thursday, I kicked off the World Trade Center San Diego Go Global: San Diego's Trade and Investment Initiative along with Mayor Todd Gloria and various local business leaders. The binational relationship between San Diego and Tijuana presents a unique opportunity to increase our global footprint by expanding the local economy and creating jobs through international investments and exports. I look forward to supporting this initiative as we work together to build a better San Diego.


This week's casework success story

Staff Sergeant Barnes requested my assistance with Basic Allowance for Housing funds for off-post living expenses he applied for and was denied. After being denied again, our inquiry initiated an investigation. It was determined that he applied correctly with his chain of command and was entitled to reimbursement for his earned benefit. On Thursday, he received $9,300 in retroactive housing pay.


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

President Biden released details on his new plan to rebuild America's infrastructure and reshape the economy. What investments do you think should be included in a comprehensive infrastructure package?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter.

Last week's question was: There are renewed calls for an assault weapons ban following two deadly shootings in Georgia and Colorado. Do you support a federal assault weapons ban? Here are the results:

445 responses: 73.5% Yes. 15.5% No. 4.3% I prefer other measures to curb gun violence. 6.7% Other.


 

As we head into the Easter weekend, I want to wish those celebrating a blessed and joyous holiday. Continue to be safe and stay well.

Apr 2, 2021

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March 26, 2021

Dear friend,

Over a year ago, the last thing we expected was a pandemic to change our world and lives. For many, COVID-19 has meant grief, loss and uncertainty. As we work to recover from this public health and economic crisis, San Diegans have proved to be resilient and determined. Now, there is more light at the end of the tunnel.

Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced that all Californians over 50 will be eligible for vaccines on April 1, and those over 16 will be eligible on April 15. As our governments continue collaborating and health care workers move this vaccine campaign forward, we appreciate your patience as vaccine supply increases and more appointments become available.

In much sadder news, a tragically familiar event took place in Colorado a few days ago with the fatal shooting of ten people in a supermarket. My heart is with the victims' families and loved ones and the Boulder community. More than ever, we need the Senate to pass gun safety reform to keep Americans safe.

This week, I continued my work representing San Diego. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative work

Resolution to reinstate methane emission standards

Today, Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Conor Lamb (D-PA) and I introduced a resolution to reinstate a rule to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. If approved, the resolution would invalidate the Trump administration’s 2020 Methane Rescission Rule that weakened, and in some cases eliminated, requirements that oil and natural gas companies limit methane and volatile organic compound emissions from their operations. The resolution would largely reinstate the Oil and Natural Gas New Source Performance Standards put in place by the Obama administration in 2012 and 2016.

A super pollutant, methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide, causing some of the greatest damage to our environment. This resolution underlines the EPA’s existing authority to regulate methane emissions – a critical and immediate step to tackle the climate crisis.

Legislative hearings

I participated in three Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on Monday and Wednesday.

  • Monday's hearing focused on the LIFT America Act, which seeks to rebuild and modernize the nation’s water, energy supply and health care infrastructures, among other investments. I asked about future policy and regulations to manage emissions from natural gas systems, the hydrogen economy and its role in meeting a net-zero emissions target by 2050, and how much Congress should appropriate each year to maintain a modern public health infrastructure.
  • During Wednesday's hearing on the Clean FUTURE Act, which includes language from the POWER ON Act I authored, I asked witnesses whether it would be a good strategy to site transmission along highways and railways and about the role renewable resources played on the California blackouts and the Texas power grid failure.
  • As Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I helped lead a hearing on the power outages in Texas that occurred last month. According to the most recent National Climate Assessment, the primary cause of power outages in the U.S. is extreme weather. I asked the witnesses about investments needed to improve Texas’ grid resiliency as we face a changing climate and about what we can learn from Texas related to broad investments in grid resiliency.

District work

Round table discussion with local AAPI voices

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On Tuesday, I brought together leaders and advocates from the AAPI community for a discussion on the rise of hostility toward and attacks on Asian Americans. We spoke about these incidents being related to COVID-19, as well as discrimination that existed well before the beginning of this pandemic. The stories and personal experiences shared during this round table discussion point to deep problems in our country today. Thank you to everyone who participated for their time and contributions to this important conversation. I will continue my work in Washington, D.C. and in my district to protect, uplift and support our AAPI communities. Click here to watch the full discussion. Highlights from this conversation can also be found on my Facebook profile and here.

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Meeting with UCSD Graduate and Professional Students Association members

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Today, I met with students from UC San Diego’s Graduate and Professional Student Association. We discussed the need to reauthorize the Higher Education Act to include new oversight of education programs, scholarship opportunities for graduate students and funding for graduate improvement programs. We also spoke about our continued support for DACA, the importance of reforming the high skilled immigration system, and the need to increase funding and support for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in light of the SolarWinds hack.


This week's casework success story

Earlier this month, Edwin from Carmel Valley requested assistance after his veteran mother passed away. He and his sister were beneficiaries on her remaining pension. His sister received her check, but Edwin's didn't arrive in the mail. After spending a year requesting a replacement from Defense Finance Accounting Service, Edwin contacted my office. After my staff submitted an inquiry, Edwin received a re-issued check in the mail for $812.46 less than a week later. 

"This matter, along with an IRS overpayment, are the first occasions that I have ever had to request the services of my elected officials...Regardless of the reasons for needing assistance, I am thankful for your help. It is comforting to know there are those that support everyday Americans. You can be sure that I will share my positive experience with my friends."

- Edwin from Carmel Valley


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

There are renewed calls for an assault weapons ban following two deadly shootings in Georgia and Colorado. Do you support a federal assault weapons ban?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter.

Last week's question was: These immigration bills (the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act) secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are key to our economy and our nation. Do you think these measures will help fix problems within our immigration system? Here are the results:

334 responses: 40.1% Yes, providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, others *and* legal protections for agricultural workers is necessary. 26.9% Somewhat, but more work needs to be done. 17.4% No, different solutions should be proposed and implemented. 15.6% Other


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

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Mar 26, 2021

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March 19, 2021

Dear friend,

State health officials announced this week that San Diego moved to the less restrictive red tier of California's reopening plan. This allows the county to ease restrictions for restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, museums and more businesses. While we're thrilled to see these changes, please continue washing your hands, wearing a mask and keeping distance from one another. We'll keep moving in the right direction if we follow public health recommendations to end this pandemic.

On the other side of the country this week, a violent and unspeakable attack left eight people dead in Georgia. Unfortunately, this occurred as the number of COVID-related attacks against Asian Americans increases. Hate crimes have no room in our society. I firmly stand with the AAPI community in my district and around the country who fear for their safety. If you are in need of support, you can report a hate crime here.

This week, I continued my work here in San Diego. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative work

Vote for changes in our immigration system

Two historic immigration bills passed the House this week. The American Dream and Promise Act provides legal protections for immigrants living in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status. The bill establishes a pathway to citizenship for up to 2.5 million immigrants, including roughly 45,000 Dreamers in San Diego. Those who benefit from this bill are our hard-working friends, neighbors and coworkers who have paved a future for themselves here and contribute to our economy. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act establishes a program for agricultural workers, their spouses and minor children to earn legal Certified Agricultural Worker (CAW) status through continued agricultural employment. Both votes keep America’s promise that if you work hard and play by the rules, we have a place for you. Read my full statement here.

House Energy and Commerce’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing: “Leading the Way Forward: Biden Administration Actions to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations”

On Wednesday, I helped lead a virtual hearing on the Biden administration's plan to provide and deliver vaccines for all Americans. The hearing’s witness list included Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration; and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. My questions for Dr. Walensky focused on the importance of equity in COVID-19 care and vaccine deployment, emphasizing the need for better data collection and sharing standards to inform response efforts. Click here to watch my participation in this hearing.

Appointment to the Joint Economic Committee

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Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally named me as one of six House members to serve on the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), a bicameral committee in which members of both the Senate and House of Representatives participate. One of four standing committees in the United States Congress, the JEC was established in 1946 to advise Congress on the state of the economy and suggest improvements in economic policy. In the coming years, this committee will play a unique policy role to put our economy on sound fiscal ground, make capitalism work for everyone and get back on track after COVID. Read my full statement here.


District work

Meeting with Health Center Partners of Southern California

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On Thursday, I met with members of the Health Center Partners of Southern California. We discussed the American Rescue Plan Act and how it will benefit the group's goals in the community to combat COVID-19. We also spoke about the challenges health centers are facing during this difficult time. I look forward to having more conversations on permanently expanding Medicare telehealth services to patients and increasing COVID-19 vaccine supply to health centers supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Meeting with local members of the California Retired Teachers Association 

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Last Friday, I spoke with local members of the California Retired Teachers Association to discuss their legislative priorities and concerns, including support for the Social Security Fairness Act of 2021, protecting and improving Medicare and funding for special education in our schools.


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

This week, the House passed two immigration bills: the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. These bills secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are key to our economy and our nation. (See additional details under the "Legislative work" section.)

Do you think these measures will help fix problems within our immigration system?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter.

Last week's question was: The American Rescue Plan Act includes funds for struggling entertainment venues through the Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Are you planning on attending live events (including music and theater) once these venues are allowed to reopen? Here are the results:

309 responses: 49.2% Yes, 17.8% Unsure/will wait, 14.6% No, 12.6% Maybe, 5.8% Other


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

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Mar 19, 2021

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March 12, 2021

Dear friend,

Relief is on the way as President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law yesterday. This historic and robust legislation is a lifeline for Americans who need help the most by extending unemployment benefits, delivering more targeted direct payments and supporting hard-hit businesses such as restaurants and event venues.

In other encouraging news, President Biden also announced the purchase of 100 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses and his goal of having adults vaccinated in time for July 4th. These developments provided a sigh of hopeful relief, but we must not let our guard down. Please stay safe and help keep those around you safe as well.

This week, I continued my work in Washington, D.C. by voting to pass crucial legislation. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative work

Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 and Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 

On Thursday, I voted to pass two bills I co-sponsored to advance gun safety in America and save lives. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 requires background checks for all gun transfers, not just those sold by federally licensed retailers, such as gun purchases over the internet. The Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 reinforces that background checks must be completed before retailers can sell firearms.

Specifically, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act would require a background check for every gun sale or transfer to ensure that individuals prohibited from gun possession under federal law, such as felons, domestic abusers and those considered a danger to themselves or others are not able to obtain firearms. The Enhanced Background Checks Act would close the Charleston Loophole that currently allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three business days.

While our nation has seen far too many tragedies related to gun violence, nearly 100 Americans lose their lives each day in gun-related incidents that don’t make headlines. To all those who have been hurt by gun violence, lost a loved one, or fought tirelessly with us: this vote is for you. Click here for more information.

Responding to constituent noise complaints

I recently sent two letters to request action to evaluate and address community concerns regarding military flights over coastal and inland neighborhoods in my district, including University City, Carmel Valley, Torrey Hills, La Jolla and Sunset Cliffs. I requested military commanders ensure aviators adhere to course rules, enforce proper rotary flight stand-off distance from beach and cliffside residences, and avoid unnecessary overflights of neighborhood areas, particularly at low altitude. The letters, sent to Major General Mahoney at MCAS Miramar and Captain John De Pree at Naval Base Coronado, can be found here.

San Diego has long been a proud home to the Navy and Marines and their aviation operations. We know that flights over certain communities are inevitable given the volume of operations, the complexity of airspace and weather conditions, and mission requirements to support our defense. Still, we ask the armed services to be good neighbors because there is room for improvement.


Meeting with members of the Surfrider Foundation

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On Wednesday, I met with members of the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to talk about their priorities. We spoke about my work in Congress on super pollutants, including my work with Scripps Institute of Oceanography, the need for more community resiliency along our coast and in areas prone to wildfire, and how to address the global plastics problem.


Briefing with Regional Task Force on the Homeless

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Earlier today, I had a briefing with Tamera Kohler, Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. She discussed the organization's recent work and how COVID-19 has affected the community's needs. We also spoke about veteran and youth homelessness, the Convention Center shelter, and the need for low-barrier housing to connect individuals experiencing homelessness with services they need.


This week's casework success story

Stephen, a Vietnam Combat Veteran from Rancho Bernardo, reached out to my office earlier this month regarding a payment for a medical bill he had made to Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) that had not been processed. My staff opened an inquiry with the VA, and a few days later, we received notice that the outstanding bills were processed for a total of $1200.

"I waited over a year for them to process the claims, and once you contacted them, it took five days. I am beyond grateful for your help! I will share my story with anyone that listens."

- Stephen's wife, Silvia, on his behalf


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

The American Rescue Plan Act includes funds for struggling entertainment venues through the Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Are you planning on attending live events (including music and theater) once these venues are allowed to reopen? 

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter.

Last week's question was: "Have you gotten a COVID-19 vaccine? If not, will you get it once you're eligible to receive it/once it is available?"

Here are the results:

429 responses: 67.6% Yes, I have received a first dose/both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 23.8% I have not received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, but I am planning to get it once I am eligible/once it is available. 1.4% I have not received a COVID-19 vaccine yet and I am *not* planning to get it. 0.9% I have not received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, but I am *unsure* if I will get it once I am eligible/once it is available. 6.3% Other


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

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Mar 12, 2021

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March 5, 2021

Dear friend,

President Biden's announcement this week about securing enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May continues giving us hope in the fight against COVID-19. As the containment of this virus and the progress of the vaccination campaign continues, we know what we need to do: wash our hands, wear masks and keep safe distances from each other.

This week, I continued my work in Washington, D.C. by introducing and voting to pass comprehensive and much-needed legislation. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative work

Introduction of the POWER ON Act

On Tuesday, I introduced the Prevent Outages with Energy Resiliency Options Nationwide (POWER ON) Act to fix the current regulatory framework that hampers the United States’ ability to meet our nation’s energy goals. By promoting the interstate transmission of electricity, the POWER ON Act will boost reliability, unlock our full clean energy potential, adapt the grid to withstand the effects of climate change and enable more competitive wholesale power markets, which means lower costs for consumers. The bill’s introduction complements the Energy and Commerce Committee’s newly unveiled CLEAN Future Act, comprehensive legislation to combat the climate crisis.

To make our national power grid more secure, resilient and efficient, we need to build a Macro Grid to easily transfer electricity from regions that make renewable energy to regions that need it. A Department of Energy study demonstrates that this kind of integrated power system would drive economic growth and increase the utilization of our country’s abundant renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower.

For the People Act and the Justice in Policing Act

Last year’s election showed that voter suppression persists, and after the last four years, Americans deserve a transparent government that works in their interest. H.R. 1, the For the People Act, passed this week to bolster voters’ rights, ensure accurate elections, close campaign finance loopholes and crack down on corruption. Click here to learn more about this sweeping legislation.

This week, I also voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This legislation was introduced last year and is considered the most progressive police reform bill in American history. The Justice in Policing Act would ban chokeholds, stop no-knock warrants in drug cases, end the qualified immunity doctrine, combat racial profiling, mandate data collection (including body cameras and dashboard camera) and establish new standards for policing.


District work

Day of Action for the American Rescue Plan

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Earlier today, I attended a press conference with Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) to discuss key provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act that specifically help San Diegans. Current and former leaders from the San Diego County YMCA, Veterans Village of San Diego, San Diego County Office of Education, United Way and EITC Coalition, Family Health Centers of San Diego and East County Chamber of Commerce also joined to speak about how this legislation will help the people they support.


This week's casework success story

Andrew from Rancho Bernardo contacted the office at the end of August to request assistance with obtaining his 2019 tax refund. His refund was delayed because there were missing forms after he submitted a non-filer form to try to obtain his first stimulus more quickly. My staff worked with Andrew to gather the missing documents, and explained to IRS officials why he had submitted the non-filer form. Finally, IRS released Andrew's refund for $4,993.75.


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

Have you gotten a COVID-19 vaccine? If not, will you get it once you're eligible to receive it/once it is available?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter.

Last week's question was: "What do you think should be the next legislative priority for Congress after it passes the American Rescue Plan? Here are the results:

371 responses: 19.1% climate change 17.3% immigration reform 13.5% health care 9.2% national security and 40.9% other (including election reform and security/voting rights, infrastructure, minimum wage, and border security, among other responses)


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

To stay updated on my work throughout the week, you can also follow my social media accounts by clicking on the icons below.

Mar 5, 2021

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