Since 2013

$10,487,106 DOLLARS RETURNED TO SAN DIEGANS

Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Climate Playbook Updates

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Friday, Dec 2

We had another productive week in Congress. I voted in favor of the tentative railroad agreement and the amending agreement to provide essential freight railroad workers seven days of sick leave. Though we avoided a strike, more work is needed to secure proper sick leave for railroad workers. In addition, I voted to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6401 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego, California, as the "Susan A. Davis Post Office".

Earlier this week, the House Democrats elected its new leadership: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as Minority Leader, Rep. Katherine Clark as Minority Whip, and Rep. Pete Aguilar as Democratic Caucus Chair. 

Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

John from San Diego applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in July of 2019. After he contacted my office, my staff learned that the local Social Security Administration (SSA) office had lost John's application. My staff reached out to the SSA office in May 2021 to begin the coordination process with John and the SSA Field office. We were recently notified that John would receive his disability insurance for $42,784.

 


UCSD Health Update & Visit

On Tuesday, I met with UC San Diego Health CEO Patty Maysent. We discussed the importance of addressing pending Medicare cuts and the importance of telehealth flexibilities for academic medical centers that are still recovering from the pandemic. We also spoke about labor shortages that strain our medical care system and I received an update on the plans to rebuild UC San Diego’s Hillcrest Hospital.

 


EY Carbon Forum

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On Thursday, I delivered opening remarks for the EY Carbon Forum. The theme of the event was: Cop27—What will it mean for Policy?

This forum provided a great opportunity to hear from businesses that are interested in climate policies. I discussed the climate change challenges, climate action opportunities, and next steps. I mentioned three areas Congress should focus on: Permitting reform, wildfires, and resilience. 

 


Climate Change Action & Outlook

 

Also on Thursday, I spoke with several members of the Citizens Climate Lobby, San Diego Chapter.  We discussed my outlook for climate change action with the upcoming Congress, and ways that we can support each other's efforts in the coming years.

Climate Lobby

 

 

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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Dec 2, 2022

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November 24, 2022

Dear friend,

This Thanksgiving, we look forward to our dinner tables being more crowded than the previous two years. I'm grateful to our healthcare and essential workers who continued their efforts in 2022 to allow us to spend time with our families and loved ones after the peak of COVID-19.

Please be aware that local health providers are seeing an early spike in flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases. While COVID-19 cases are currently trending down in our region, these viruses circulating at the same time could lead to strains on the already overburdened medical system. Click here for recommendations for you to stay safe this fall and winter. 

I also want to thank the people I represent for trusting me to fight for you in Congress. This past year has been filled with challenges and achievements, and I am extremely grateful and proud of our work for the American people. Transformative bills like the Inflation Reduction Act and CHIPS and Science Act highlight the will to tackle our country's biggest hurdles with success.

Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Ernest of Point Loma, a retired Veteran, contacted my office back in July 2022 requesting assistance with his VA appeal. After submitting an inquiry to the VA Board of Appeals, my staff was made aware that a videoconference hearing needed to be scheduled. We submitted additional inquires to the VA videoconference scheduling team in September 2022 and they reached out to Ernest directly. His videoconference is scheduled for next month where he will receive the final decision on his appeal.

 


Support for the People of Iran

 

Iran briefing

 

Last Thursday, I attended a bipartisan congressional briefing held by the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC). I expressed my support for those in Iran who are fighting for their human rights and mentioned H.Res.118 to empower the Iranian people in the face of oppression.

 


A New Federal Agency for Better Health Outcomes

 

Last Wednesday, I met with Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health (ARPA-H) Director Dr. Renee Wegrzyn. We discussed Dr. Wegrzyn’s plans for the agency, potential areas of research, and how San Diego’s rich innovation ecosystem could play a key role in the agency’s work. I look forward to working with Dr. Wegrzyn to make sure that we make good on ARPA-H’s mission by supporting high-risk, high-reward research to solve our most challenging health issues.

 


I am so grateful for my job serving you in Congress and I wish all of you a safe, restful and happy Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones.

Nov 24, 2022

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November 18, 2022

Dear friend,

This week we returned to Congress to conduct legislative business on bills related to wildfires/disasters and Veterans Affairs (VA). On Thursday, we witnessed an historic moment as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced they were stepping down to let a new generation of leadership take over the House Democratic Caucus. I'm glad they have decided to stay on and represent their respective congressional districts. 

Last week, I was fortunate to attend the U.N. Climate Conference known as COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, where I participated in meetings and conversations about clean energy and climate resilience with government and business leaders from around the world.  Also, I provided opening remarks at this year's Carbon Removers Summit in Washington, D.C. and announced the introduction of the Carbon Removal and Emission Storage Act of 2202 (CREST ACT).

 

Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Ernest of Point Loma, a retired veteran, contacted my office back in July 2022 requesting assistance with his Veterans Affairs (VA) appeal. After submitting an inquiry to the VA Board of Appeals, it was found that his appeal was awaiting scheduling for a videoconference hearing. Our office submitted additional inquires to the VA videoconference scheduling team in September 2022, and they were able to reach out to Ernest directly. His videoconference hearing has now been scheduled for December, where he will receive a final decision on his appeal. Ernest says this is great news and that he is thankful for my office's help. Help With A Federal Agency | Congressman Scott Peters (house.gov)

 


Continuing My Work on Climate

 

COP27 in Egypt

POTUS speaking

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I visited Sharm El-Sheikh this past week with a bipartisan delegation of members including Reps. Stacey Plaskett (Virgin Islands-At Large), Andrew Garbarino (NY-02), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), David Joyce (OH-14), and Brad Schneider (IL-10).

See press release for more info: https://scottpeters.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-peters-advocates-for-us-leadership-on-climate-travels-to-egypt-fo

 

Carbon 180 Summit & Introduction of the CREST Act

 

Carbon 180 Summit

 

On Tuesday, Carbon180 hosted the Carbon Removers Summit where policymakers, startups, and partners discussed the future of carbon removal. I provided opening remarks on the partnership and key pieces of legislation like the Save Our Sequoias Act and Federal CDR Leadership Act. I also announced the introduction of my latest bill, the Carbon Removal and Emission Storage Act of 2202 (CREST ACT). This measure will help ensure that we will have a cleaner and healthier atmosphere for the future.

 


Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program Meeting

 

Picture with Enni

 

On Wednesday, I met Enni Wissmann, a German student in the U.S. as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. Enni is originally from near Frankfurt, and is attending Poway High this school year. We spoke about civic engagement, leadership styles, my career path, and the importance of problem solving through bipartisanship.

 


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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Nov 18, 2022

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November 11, 2022

 

Dear friend,

In 1938, an act declared November 11th a legal holiday to mark Armistice Day and honor veterans of World War I. But in the wake of World War I, World War II and the Korean War, the act was amended in 1954 and November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. 

Understanding San Diego today means understanding this history and the contributions of millions of veterans throughout the years. During my career in Congress, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many veterans, listen to their stories, and hear about their successes as well as their challenges. It's an honor to represent a district that so many veterans call home.

On this special occasion, I am providing an update on some of the work my staff and I have done this past year to support our veterans and their families.

 


Recent Casework Successes for Veterans

 

Brian of Poway contacted my office in November 2020 for assistance with a medical waiver needed to continue pilot training with the U.S. Air Force. He was serving in the California Air National Guard when he was selected to participate in the USAF flight training program. After entering the final stage of advanced pilot training, Brian was diagnosed with a USAF policy disqualifying disease. He was told he did not qualify for a medical waiver under the new syllabus. After my staff submitted an appeal on Brian's behalf to the CA Air National Guard in July 2021, the appeal was approved. This appeal was necessary to have the waiver approved as well. 

Throughout this year, my staff asked for several updates from the CA Air National Guard on the waiver after a second review from the State Surgeon General. Last month, Brian was notified that his flying waiver was approved, and he is now able to return to Air Force pilot training.

 

 

Harold of San Diego contacted my office in February 2022. During his service in Vietnam as a Navy Corpsman, he was exposed to Agent Orange. Harold's medical injuries are covered under the PACT Act and he submitted several VA claims but did not receive any updates. My staff followed up on this the claim until August and informed the VA about Harold’s declining health. In September, Harold received his final rating decision of 100% and received retroactive pay in the amount of $36,281.36.

 


Notable Legislation in 2022 to Help Veterans

 

Peer Specialist Act

Several provisions from a bill I introduced last year, the Veteran Peer Specialist Act, were included in a larger bill that passed the House earlier this year. The STRONG Veterans Act passed in June and supports veterans’ mental health and wellbeing. 

The Veteran Peer Specialist Act expands the highly successful peer specialist support program to all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers over the next five years. These specialists support fellow veterans and encourage recovery by helping them access health services and navigate the VA health care system, while teaching coping and positive health-affirming behaviors.

 

Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022

In June, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and I introduced the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022. This legislation would add ‘source of income’ and ‘veteran status’ to the current list of protected classes under the Fair Housing Act, which provides protection from discrimination when people rent or buy a home, get a mortgage, seek housing assistance, or engage in other housing-related activities.

 

Veterans Claims Education Act of 2022

In September, I introduced the Veterans Claims Education Act of 2022. This bipartisan bill would provide educational resources for veterans filing an electronic claim and steer them to work with Department of Veterans Affairs-accredited entities. This would keep veterans from falling victim to predatory companies that unfairly profit off veterans trying to access their hard-earned benefits.

 

Resolution to Designate the month of June 2022 "National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month"

To honor the invisible of wounds that many veterans carry after their service, I reintroduced a resolution this year to designate June 2022 as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month’’ and June 27, 2022, as ‘‘National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day’."

 


Working for Veterans in CA-52

 

Valentines for Veterans

In February, I enjoyed spending Valentine’s Day with a group of veterans in a Downtown San Diego housing complex. After speaking with them, I delivered handwritten notes made by my constituents for our Valentines for Vets initiative.

 

Memorial Day Celebrations

Memorial Day 2022

 

This Memorial Day, I met with local veterans and their families throughout the 52nd district. I attended the Rancho Bernardo Pancake Breakfast and visited the Mt. Soledad National Veteran Memorial for the 2022 Memorial Day ceremony. We honored U.S. Marine Corps Major Megan McClung who was the first female Marine officer to be killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as the first female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to be killed in action since the school was founded.

I also attended a special event to celebrate the Secretary of the Navy's decision to  name a ship after Telesforo Trinidad, a Filipino sailor who received the Medal of Honor 107 years ago.  A future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named after this historic sailor.

 

Celebrating STEP's Contributions to San Diego's Veteran Population

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In late October, I delivered a keynote speech for the Support the Enlisted Project's (STEP) Fall Social Event celebrating the organization's 10-year anniversary. This organization supports junior active-duty enlisted members and recently discharged enlisted veterans and their families with counseling, education, and grants.

 

Celebrating Veterans at Mt. Soledad

Mt Soledad vets event

 

Last week, I attended the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. This year's ceremony honored the Navajo Code Talkers whose courage and knowledge was essential to Allied victory in World War II as they participated in every major battle in the Pacific Theater.

 


It's an honor to serve CA-52’s veterans and their families in Congress. Happy Veterans Day!

Nov 11, 2022

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November 4, 2022

Dear Friend,

We started off this week with several science and technology speaking engagements in the district as well as a site visit to our local Ferrell Gas company. We learned that these companies and organizations are doing some amazing cutting-edge work within the energy, health, and science & technology sectors.

REMINDER:  Don't forget to vote next week on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. For more election information go to: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


UCSD’s Energy Frontiers Research Center Re-Inaugural Event

 

UCSD Frontiers

On Monday, I had the pleasure of delivering welcome remarks at UC San Diego’s Energy Frontiers Research Center. After receiving a renewed award from the Department of Energy, UC San Diego celebrated the launch of “Quantum Materials for Energy Efficient Neuromorphic Computing” (QMEENC 2.0).

This event featured leading figures in neuromorphic computing as well as students, faculty, and UC San Diego leadership to discuss this exciting field of research. It was a privilege to be a part of this celebration and partnership between the Department of Energy and UC San Diego. 

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Shirley of Poway and her husband, a retired US Marine, contacted my office last month requesting assistance with reimbursements for prescriptions covered by Tricare. Shirley submitted multiple claims with the required receipts and documentation, but never received correspondence or resolution regarding her claim. Our office submitted an inquiry to the Department of Health regarding Tricare and the contractor. Tricare then requested further assistance from the Department of Defense (DoD) After a week, a specialist from the DoD’s Client Support Center notified Shirley that her reimbursements would be deposited into her account within 7-10 business days. Shirley appreciates all the assistance that our office was able to provide her

 


Town Hall at Tavere Therapeutics

 

On Tuesday, I provided remarks during a town hall at Tavere Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company in San Diego. I met the company’s leadership and spoke with employees about the state of diagnostics, rare diseases, and accelerated approval for specific therapies. Tavere Therapeutics has grown steadily over the years and now has 500 employees in San Diego. 

 


Understanding the District’s Energy

Needs

 

Ferrell Gas

 

On Wednesday, I visited Ferrell Gas to understand propane operations and their role in the homes of my district.

Ferrell Gas staff also shared valuable insights about current energy needs during my visit. Notably, in my district there are more than 2,417 homes that are primarily heated by propane gas, or 1% of all homes in the district. It’s important to have a clear picture of these statistics as we keep investing in cleaner energies for the future.

 


 

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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Nov 4, 2022

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October 28, 2022

Dear friend,

I spent another great week in the district meeting people I represent. A highlight was delivering a keynote speech for the Support the Enlisted Project's Fall Social Event. This organization supports junior active-duty enlisted members and recently discharged enlisted Veterans and their families with counseling, education, and grants. Congratulations on your 10-year anniversary!

Please be aware of upcoming deadlines to apply for Service Academy Nominations and the Congressional App Challenge. 

  • Applications for service academy nominations are due to my office by next Monday, October 31, 2022. My staff will accept incomplete applications and follow up on any outstanding materials, but applicants must submit their application to my office by 4 PM. The application and list of required documents can be found here.
  • Submissions for the Congressional App Challenge are due next Tuesday, November 1st before 2 PM PT. You can register and submit your applications at the Congressional App Challenge website. 

Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


Strengthening Our San Diego-Tijuana Region

 

CDMX Delegation

 

This week, I spent a few days in Mexico City to attend the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Binational Delegation. This event brought together key federal officials and diverse business industry leaders to discuss border infrastructure and efficiency, transboundary pollution, immigration, and trade. It was great to meet with Mexican officials to discuss the needs of our region and I was honored to participate.

 


The Power of Biotech in CA-52

 

genentech

 

Last week, I visited the San Diego offices of Genentech, a biotechnology company that uses science to develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. I viewed the facility's manufacturing site, and the staff shared ways they help diversify the STEM community in San Diego.

 


Promoting Diversity in the Congressional Workforce

 

O&I Event at Mesa College

 

On Tuesday, members of my staff joined the House Office of Diversity and Inclusion for a special presentation about career opportunities in Congress. This was the House Office of Diversity & Inclusion's first in-person informational session in a congressional district since the beginning on COVID-19. Thank you for coming to San Diego and thank you to San Diego Mesa College for hosting us!

 


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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Oct 28, 2022

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Friday, October 21

Dear friend,

I continue engaging with people I represent around the district this week. In case you missed the important announcements this week, Americans can now buy hearing aids over the counter, without a prescription or exam. Also, you can apply for the Student Debt Relief program, which provides up to $20,000 in student debt relief for working and middle class borrowers. Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


   This Week's Casework Success Story

 

The San Diego Opera contacted our office last Tuesday to request help with obtaining visas for two members of the production team for an upcoming performance. Although both applicants' visas were approved, the U.S. Embassy had not returned the applicants’ passports with their visas. Since rehearsals for the live performance were already underway, they were concerned about having to postpone or cancel the shows. My staff contacted the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to request an expedited return of the visas and last week, the applicants were notified to pick up their visas. We all know “the show must go on” and my office was happy to help.  

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California Society for Democracy in Iran

 

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Last week, I met with local members of the Iranian community to hear stories about the bravery and courage being displayed by young women across Iran as they protest the government. We stand with those individuals who fight for democracy and civil liberties.

 


Undocumented Student Action Week

 

Undocumented Student Action Week

 

On Thursday, my staff joined a discussion marking Undocumented Student Action Week at Southwestern College. Several students shared their personal stories about what the DACA program means to them and the urgent need for immigration reform. I admire these young people as Americans, hardworking students, and active members of our community. Democrats and Republicans agree that our immigration system is broken. It’s time to fix our immigration laws and grant permanent status to people who have known no other home but the United States.

 


Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla

Museum Collage

 

On Tuesday, my staff and I visited the new Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. We enjoyed a guided tour of the exhibits by CEO Kathryn Kanjo and learned about the history of the museum as well as its expansion. I’ve supported San Diego’s art and culture since I served on the city council, so this was a great experience on a beautiful sunny day!

 

 


Hearing Aids Now in Stores

 

This week, Americans can buy hearing aids over the counter, without a prescription or exam. This will lower the price of a pair by nearly $3,000 – providing more breathing room for an estimated 30 million Americans. Learn more here: FACT SHEET: Cheaper Hearing Aids Now in Stores Thanks to Biden-Harris Administration Competition Agenda - The White House

 


Information on How to Apply for Student Debt Relief

 

The Biden Administration is providing up to $20,000 in student debt relief for working and middle class borrowers. Don’t wait, apply NOW at https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief/application. It takes less than 5 minutes and is available in both English and Spanish. 

The Federal Student Aid Office or the Student Borrower Protection Center will be providing free webinars that will be open to the public for folks interested in learning more about the cancellation program.

 

Oct 21, 2022

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October 14, 2022

Dear friend,

I continue my work in San Diego during district work period. As we approach Election Day, more information on registration and voting options can be found on the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website.

If you or a loved one receive Social Security benefits, the latest cost of living adjustment will raise monthly payments by 8.7% starting next year. That is the largest increase in over 40 years! Learn more here.

Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Larry from La Jolla contacted my office in August to request assistance with his 2021 tax refund due to him and his wife. Since the couple is retired and living on fixed income, they expected the refund to cover many expenses. My staff worked with Larry to provide copies of tax and identifying documents to IRS. The IRS representatives determined there was an error related to Larry's full name. The error was corrected this week and Larry received his refund for over $6,500.

 

"We received notification from our bank that the check from the IRS has been received.  Thank you and Congressman Peters for the outstanding support and help in correcting this problem. Very much appreciated!"

- Larry from La Jolla

 


How Policies Enacted by Congressional Democrats and
President Biden Benefit CA-52 Residents

 

In the 117th Congress, Congressional Democrats and President Biden have enacted the American Rescue Plan, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Inflation Reduction Act, CHIPS and Science Act and student loan relief—that will lower costs for residents in CA-52, support businesses and promote economic growth.

 

Did you know 9,600 applications to start a new business were filed in CA-52 in 2021? An average of 6,600 applications per year were filed pre-pandemic.

 


Staff Visit to Carlsbad Desalination Plant

 

desal plant

 

On Tuesday, my staff and I visited the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant. During this tour, we learned about the plant's operations and capacity, and how desalination plays a role in our region's water supply. Each day, this plant delivers nearly 50 million gallons of fresh, desalinated water to San Diego County. And it only takes one hour for sea water to be turned into clean and potable water!

 


Meeting with Landscape Architects to Advance Climate Solutions

 

Earlier this month, I met with members of the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. We spoke about solutions to the urban heat island effect, reducing water use, and funds in the Inflation Reduction Act that could be useful to create resilient communities and how landscape architects can plan and design these projects.

 


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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Oct 14, 2022

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October 7, 2022

Dear friend,

I deeply value my time in the district after a busy week in Washington, D.C. last week. In addition to the work outlined in my last newsletter, I also introduced the Targeting and Offsetting Existing Illegal Contaminants (TOXIC) Act. This bill raises penalties for those who use dangerous pesticides smuggled across the border on illegal cannabis growing sites in the U.S. Keep scrolling to watch an ABC 10 News report and learn how my bill would help fix this problem. 

If you are expecting relief from the White House's student loan forgiveness program, you can visit the Department of Education's FAQ page to prepare and know what to expect as the application window approaches. Be aware of scams if you are contacted by a company saying they will help you get loan discharge, forgiveness, cancellation, or debt relief for a fee. Learn more about scams here

Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Molly from San Diego contacted my office last month after she was approved for Social Security benefits in August. She was concerned about the delay in receiving her payments. After we contacted Social Security representatives, Molly was awarded $37,851 in backpay and additional $1,269.

 


How Policies Enacted by Congressional Democrats and
President Biden Benefit CA-52 Residents

 

In the 117th Congress, Congressional Democrats and President Biden have enacted the American Rescue Plan, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Inflation Reduction Act, CHIPS and Science Act and student loan relief—that will lower costs for residents in CA-52, support businesses and promote economic growth.

 

Did you know as of August 2022, 34,400 jobs have been created in CA-52 since President Biden came into office and 1,628,300 jobs have been created statewide?

 


Media Coverage of Recently Introduced Bills

 

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Click image to watch KPBS News report on the DANK Cannabis Research Act.


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Click image to watch ABC 10 News report on the TOXIC Act.

 

KPBS News recently aired a report on a bill I introduced last month, the Developing and Nationalizing Key Cannabis Act. In this report, you can learn how my legislation would have a ripple effect on cannabis businesses, researchers, and consumers who know little about the marijuana products they buy. 

My introduction of the TOXIC Act also prompted a follow up story by ABC 10 News this week. The outlet previously covered this issue in a September 2021 report and their new story provides details on my bill.

 


Honoring Walter Munk

 

Walter Munk House Floor Speech

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Last week, I spoke on the House floor to recognize Walter Munk. He was a highly accomplished scientist and oceanographer who worked for decades in San Diego. His work helped prepare troops in Normandy during WWII, and he developed methods now used in modern tsunami warning networks. Munk also pushed to build the UC San Diego campus in the 1960s. Later in life, Munk advocated for action on climate change around the world. In his honor, I proclaimed October 19th Walter Munk World Oceans Day in CA-52.

 


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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Oct 7, 2022

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September 30, 2022


Friends,

This week I introduced two bipartisan bills: 1) the Veterans Claims Education Act, which will educate veterans to limit the ability of predatory companies to unfairly profit off veterans, and 2) the Hydrogen Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, which will help kickstart the hydrogen economy in Southern California.

On Sunday, I had the privilege of providing opening remarks at the Miramar Air Show Opening Ceremony. Monday, we held a Service Academy Information Night discussing ways to get involved with the armed forces and national service academies. Earlier this week, I provided opening remarks at the Brookings' City Climate Planning Event highlighting local governments’ leadership on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story


 

Makenna from San Diego had a disability hearing in December 2021 with the Social Security Administration (SSA). She reached out to our office in February 2022 because her case was still pending as "Post hearing development". Our office then got in contact with the SSA and was able to move her case from "Post hearing development" to successfully closing it. We received confirmation that Makenna got $5,269 in backpay. Additionally, because of her benefits started in October, she will receive an addition $1,303 each month, totaling $20,905.

 


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Service Academy & ROTC Informational Night

During our informational night on Monday, we heard from admissions counselors from each Service Academy and college ROTC programs. Staff and academy/ROTC representatives answered questions from interested applicants and their families. 

 


 

Westview High Named 2022 National Blue Ribbon School

 

Blue Ribbon

 

On Wednesday, our office presented a proclamation to Westview High School for being the only school in San Diego County to receive the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools award, and one of only 29 schools named in California. Westview High School is located in the Poway Unified School District.

 


Brookings’ Climate Event on Accelerating City Climate Planning and Action in the Current Federal Moment

 

On Tuesday, Brookings Metro hosted an event to examine how city leaders can accelerate climate planning and action in the current era of historic federal investment. I provided opening remarks and focused on implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act, and how federal leaders can work with states and metro areas to reduce emissions and address climate change.

 


Miramar Air Show Opening Ceremony

 

Miramar Air Show Opening Ceremony Pic

 

It was an honor to be a part of this year's show that hosted close to 500,000 spectators. The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show is the largest military air show in the country and one of the largest and greatest air shows in the world. 

This year's large audience was a testament to the unmatched community support from San Diegans for our marines, sailors, and veterans.

 


Sep 30, 2022

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