Since 2013

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Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Climate Playbook Updates

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July 1, 2022

Dear friend,

The American people learned this week that the days and moments leading up to the attack on the Capitol were worse than we imagined. What we heard during the select committee's latest hearing were clear examples of criminal behavior. Regardless of political beliefs, we all need to stand up and denounce the former president's actions that nearly destabilized our democracy. I applaud the committee for presenting its evidence in a clear and fair manner to uncover the unsettling truth behind that day.

As we enter the holiday weekend to mark our country's independence, I ask you to remember and honor our most cherished values: democracy and justice. History shows that we must keep fighting to live by these values. Let us keep working to create the future we envision for our country.

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

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Jude from Pacific Beach contacted my office last week to ask for assistance regarding COVID-19 rental relief funds she was owed from the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC). She applied for assistance on behalf of her tenant who had been approved to receive relief. When my staff contacted SDHC to inquire about the delay, the Commission notified my staff it had ran out of funds and was waiting for the City of San Diego to disburse additional funds. Yesterday, Jude received her owed rent relief from SDHC in the amount of $30,800.

 


Checking Your Passport Before Summer Travel

 

Summer travel is in full swing and my office is here to help! Please be aware of your passport's expiration date before finalizing your travel plans. San Diego's passport agency has already expanded appointments to pre-COVID-19 levels, but there are no exceptions for leisure travel. Emergency in-person appointments are only available for those who are traveling within three days if an immediate family outside of the U.S. has died, is dying (e.g. hospice care), or has a life-threatening illness or injury.

 


San Diego Proudly Remains a Coast Guard City

 

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On Monday, I attended a ceremony to celebrate our designation as a Coast Guard City for a second time. This five-year designation recognizes cities and communities that support local Coast Guard members and help their families adjust to their “home away from home.” We thank the men and women of the Coast Guard who work so hard to keep us safe. I never miss a chance to tell people about San Diego’s long and proud role in the national defense and I'm thrilled to share the news about this special recognition as well!

 


San Diego Stands Up for Reproductive Rights

 

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Also this week, I stood with San Diego leaders to denounce the Supreme Court's decision to overturn federal abortion rights. Access to abortion is still available in California and I applaud our state lawmakers for advancing efforts to codify these rights into law. 

 


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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Jul 1, 2022

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June 24, 2022

Dear friend,

We conclude the week with upsetting but expected news: the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade and end constitutional protections for abortion. Sadly, millions of American women have fewer rights than the generations that came before them. My heart breaks for every single person who will suffer the consequences of this decision that reverses decades of hard-fought progress. We braced ourselves knowing this day would come. Now that this day is here, we cannot give up. If we want change, we the people must not relent in having our voices heard and our will protected.

After passing the House and Senate, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is on its way to President Biden's desk today. This legislation came together thanks to a committed bipartisan group of senators following the tragic shooting in Uvalde. We still have a long road ahead, but we celebrate the passage of the most significant federal gun legislation in decades.

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

 


Bill Introductions

 

Protecting the Sequoias and Reducing the Severity of Wildfires that Worsen Climate Change

 

SOS presser

 

This week, I introduced the Save Our Sequoias Act with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (AR-4), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), and Rep. David Valadao (CA-21). This bill creates a comprehensive approach to protect giant sequoia groves against wildland fire and restore recently burned groves. Poor land management and climate change are driving forces behind severe fires that threaten the survival of giant sequoias and the stability of the climate. In just two years, California wildfires contributed more to climate change than the state’s entire power sector.

The bipartisan Save Our Sequoias Act charts a new path forward in federal forest and wildfire policy to combat climate change and ensure the giant sequoias stand safely for years to come. For more information, you can read coverage from the San Francisco Chronicle and learn more about this problem for a recent column in Washington Post.

 

Increasing Access to Affordable Housing for Millions of Americans

 

I also introduced the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 this week with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). 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, or engage in other housing-related activities.

The Fair Housing Improvement Act would protect more families and individuals who earn lawful sources of income from discrimination. These sources of income include housing choice vouchers, benefits received through Social Security, income received by a court order, and payment from a trust or guardian, among others. By adding ‘veteran status’ as a protected class, the Fair Housing Improvement Act also protects veterans who rely on HUD-VASH vouchers, which help homeless veterans and their families find and sustain permanent housing. With the leadership of Senator Kaine, this bill is especially critical to San Diego’s veterans who seek housing after transitioning to civilian life and families who cannot keep up with high costs of rent.

 


Pushing for Investments in Our Energy Infrastructure

 

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On Wednesday, I participated in an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the strength, efficiency and financing of our energy infrastructure. This hearing focused on six bills including a bill I co-sponsored, the Guaranteeing Resilient Installations for Defense (GRID) Act. The bill would improve the resilience of defense critical electric infrastructure and reduce the vulnerability of critical defense facilities due to disruptions of electric energy supply. During my testimony, I spoke about MCAS Miramar's innovative microgrid, and asked Dr. Dustin Mulvaney from San Jose State University to elaborate how investments in the resilience of defense critical infrastructure and in local electricity infrastructure can improve our national security.

 


Meeting San Diego's Future Leaders

 

Yesterday, I met with members of the Aaron Price Fellows program. This program prepares a highly motivated and diverse group of San Diego public high school students to be responsible and engaged members of their community. I addressed this cohort of approximately 40 students and emphasized the importance of being leaders who bring together people of all beliefs and backgrounds to find solutions for our nation’s problems. I thank my colleagues, Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7), and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL) for joining me during this meeting. It was inspiring to speak with such an engaged group of young people!

 


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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Jun 24, 2022

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June 17, 2022

Dear friend,

High prices for gas, food and other necessary articles are weighing down on San Diego families and Americans all across the country. To address these high costs and supply chain problems, the House passed the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act and the Ocean Shipping Reform Act this week. Among its provisions, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which was signed into law by President Biden yesterday, addresses the high late fees charged by ocean carriers and terminals which are paid by importers and exporters. These charges are then passed on to the consumer and add to inflation. 

The Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act brings down the cost for farmers in the field, encourages competition in the meatpacking industry, and helps make cheaper and cleaner biofuels more widely available. While many of you may be struggling to make ends meet during this difficult time, please know I am committed to all the possible solutions to provide relief. 

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

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Marie from Kearny Mesa contacted my office in April to request assistance with a refund from 2020 to which she was entitled after her mother passed away. According to Marie, the IRS blocked the refund from being issued because her mother's identification had not been verified. My staff worked with Marie to provide IRS with the death certificate, a copy of the family trust, and other documents proving Marie was the legal beneficiary of the refund. This week, the refund was issued in the amount of $10,951.86.

 

"After about one year, and help from you (or I’d still be waiting), I finally received my mother’s 2020 tax refund in the mail today! Thank you so much for all your help!"

- Marie from Kearny Mesa

 


Congratulations to Coronado High School's Class of 2022!

 

Coronado HS graduation

 

Yesterday, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at Coronado High School's graduation ceremony. A bright future awaits these students who have endured so much over the past two years. This accomplishment now marks a new chapter in their lives and I was thrilled to share the wisdom I have acquired throughout my career. I want to thank the senior class leadership for inviting me to participate and congratulations to Coronado High School's Class of 2022!

 


The Future of Our Food Supply

 

Cibus

 

On Thursday, I met with representatives from Cibus, a local company focused on biological approaches to crop protection. They shared how their technology can help address global hunger, climate change, and the global fertilizer shortage. We also discussed how Cibus might share their work and findings with Congress to address critical food and agricultural problems.

 


Praise for the New Democrat Coalition Inflation Action Plan

 

Last week, the New Democrat Coalition released its action plan to fight inflation and reduce costs for Americans. Policy experts and economists have supported this action plan and called it the “best inflation-fighting blueprint to come out of Congress yet." In the days since the plan's release, the New Dem action plan has been featured in the Washington Post, CNBC, Forbes and in an op-ed I authored for Fox. I also spoke about this plan in a recent interview with the Progressive Policy Institute. 

New Dems are the only members in Congress who formed an inflation working group and a robust plan to address the critical issue of inflation. We still have a lot of work to do, and my colleagues and I will continue to seek ways to provide relief for struggling American families.

 


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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Jun 17, 2022

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June 10, 2022

Dear friend,

The focus this week in the House of Representatives was the passage of the Protecting Our Kids Act and the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. Both bills to avoid further gun violence passed, yet almost all of my Republican colleagues voted against these commonsense measures. This legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate, but we will continue fighting to get additional life-saving legislation over the finish line. We will not forget about the tragedies our country has endured due to guns and I will not rest until the job is done.

Yesterday, the country also watched the first hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. All Americans have a right to know what happened on that day, and months leading up to January 6, to prevent a future attack on our democracy. I commend my colleagues and the select committee staff for compiling this information and presenting its findings with transparency and clarity.

 

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

 


New Democrat Coalition Tackles Inflation With Concrete Solutions

 

This week, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) released a comprehensive action plan to fight inflation, lower the cost of living for Americans, and secure the long-term fiscal future of the nation. As Vice Chair for Policy of the NDC, the largest ideological caucus in Congress, I led the effort to create the Inflation Working Group that crafted the plan. The new plan outlines specific steps federal policymakers can take to reduce prices on essential goods and services, and provide relief to American families, workers, and businesses.

You can read my op-ed on this plan here and find more information on the plan to lower costs for American households here.

 


Discussing More Clean Energy in the U.S.

 

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After leading a letter last month urging the Commerce Department to stop its inquiry into crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and solar panel imports from Asia, the Biden Administration announced several steps this week to provide regulatory certainty for the U.S. solar industry.

Executive action to spur domestic clean energy manufacturing includes authorizing the Defense Production Act to accelerate production of clean energy technologies in the U.S., including solar panel parts.

Days after this announcement, I participated in a virtual conversation on solar jobs hosted by Clean Energy for America. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) also participated as well as representatives from Solar Energy Industries Association, Evergreen Action, and GoodLeap. This conversation focused on what must come next after President Biden’s executive actions to protect American solar jobs and bolster manufacturing.

 


Representing the 52nd District

 

In recent days and weeks, many constituents have called my office to ask about redistricting. Since 2012, I have proudly served the people of California’s 52nd District in Congress. I will continue to do so for the remainder of my term with the same energy and commitment I have always brought to the job. If you are a resident of the 52nd District, I will continue to serve you through January 3rd, 2023. Until then, please feel free to keep reaching out to my office if you need help with casework, or to share your opinions.

To check your congressional district after January 3rd, 2023, you can view the California Redistricting Commission’s final maps.

 


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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Jun 10, 2022

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June 3, 2022

Dear friend,

Our communities are still in deep pain as we face a rising tide of gun violence in our country. Since last week's tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, deadly shootings have taken place in Tennessee, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Michigan and Illinois.

This crisis must and can be stopped.

As we mark National Gun Violence Awareness Month, the call to action has never been louder. This month, the House of Representatives will vote on various bills to help put an end to this bloodshed around our country. These bills include:

Yesterday, President Biden said this issue is one of conscience and common sense. As the House comes back in session next week, we know there is no room for failure. We will meet this moment with action and conviction to save innocent lives.

This week, I continued my work for the people of the 52nd district but did not lose my focus on the action Congress must take to help stop gun violence. Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Jan and Nelly from La Jolla reached out to my office last month with an inquiry about irregular mail delivery from USPS to their residential address at a retirement community. Upon reaching out to USPS, they discovered there was a ‘return to sender’ hold mistakenly placed on their address in the postal service's system. After my staff contacted USPS on Jan and Nelly's behalf, USPS removed the accidental hold and regular mail delivery quickly resumed to their address.

 

“...it looks like our mail delivery service is back to normal...thank you very much for so promptly taking care of this problem.”

- Jan and Nelly

 


Memorial Day in CA-52

 

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This Memorial Day, I had the pleasure of meeting with many communities throughout the 52nd district to honor our fallen veterans. In the morning, I attended the Rancho Bernardo Pancake Breakfast and spoke with local veterans and their families. Afterwards, I visited the Mt. Soledad National Veteran Memorial for the 2022 Memorial Day ceremony. We honored U.S. Marine Corps Major Megan McClung who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006. McClung 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.

Finally, I attended a very special celebration in Liberty Station. One year after joining an effort to request that a Navy name a ship after a Filipino sailor who received the Medal of Honor 107 years ago, we celebrated the decision of the Secretary of the Navy. A future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named after this historic sailor: USS Telesforo Trinidad.

Thank you to everyone who participated in these activities to remember every man and woman in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

 


Supporting Local-Federal Efforts for Affordable Housing and Solutions to Homelessness

 

Housing tour and presser Padilla

 

On Tuesday, Senator Alex Padilla, Mayor Todd Gloria, local housing officials and I visited Father Joe's St. Teresa of Calcutta Villa housing community in the East Village. This housing community provides access to affordable housing for families, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities experiencing homelessness. Before taking a tour of the units, we discussed the federal support behind the development, the importance of more affordable housing and solutions to address homelessness. St. Teresa of Calcutta Villa in San Diego is a shining example of what we can achieve when all levels of government come together. Let's keep up this momentum to deliver safe housing and opportunities for success for those in need.

 


Celebrating Funds for MTS' Zero Emission Bus Infrastructure

 

MTS presser

 

Last week, I highlighted $750,000 in federal funding for the Metropolitan Transit System’s (MTS) Imperial Avenue Division Zero Emission Bus Project. This project is one of seven projects I advocated to include in the federal appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022. To accommodate a fully zero-emission bus (ZEB) fleet by 2040, MTS must upgrade each bus division. The funds for this project will go toward the design phase of building the necessary infrastructure to charge and operate the ZEBs.

Projects like the one we celebrate today strengthen my work in Washington, D.C. My office is thrilled to be part of the momentum behind the hard work to modernize our infrastructure and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions for nearby communities.

 


Recognition from California's Life Sciences Association

 

Also last week, I visited the headquarters of Genomatica, a San Diego-based biotechnology company that develops and licenses biological manufacturing processes for the production of intermediate and basic chemicals. I participated in an employee town hall, met with company leaders and took a tour of the Genomatica facilities. During my visit, I also received the inaugural Sustainability Champion Award from Biocom, a life sciences association for California. I appreciate the partnership I’ve built with Biocom California and its members who are forging the discoveries of tomorrow and thank them for this honor.

 


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May 27, 2022

Dear friend,

The tragedy that took place in Uvalde, Texas is casting a shadow over our country. As a father, I cannot begin to imagine the deep pain in that community and the long healing process that awaits the families who lost loved ones.

Twenty-one souls now rest in heaven after being killed in a school, the place where children and staff are supposed to feel safest outside of their homes.

 

Nevaeh Bravo, 10

Jacklyn Cazares, 9

Makenna Lee Elrod, 10

José Manuel Flores Jr., 10

Eliahna García, 10

Irma García, 48

Uziyah García, 10

Amerie Jo Garza, 10

Xavier López, 10

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10

Tess Mata, 10

Miranda Mathis, 11

Eva Mireles, 44

Alithia Ramírez, 10

Annabelle Rodríguez, 10

Maite Rodríguez, 10

Alexandria Rubio, 10

Layla Salazar, 11

Jailah Silguero, 10

Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10

Rojelio Torres, 10

 

I share the anger, frustration and devastation that all of us feel. I know Americans who support commonsense measures like background checks and safe storage laws are tired of words. They want the action we all deserve to keep us safe in schools, movie theaters, places of worship, supermarkets, and all other public spaces.

We will not accept these events as our reality and we will not be numb to another mass shooting. Nothing will bring back these beautiful lives lost, but we have a choice to value human life over the right to use assault weapons. We cannot lose hope and we cannot give up. I promise you that I will not give up.

To honor the lives lost to gun violence in recent days and weeks, I am sharing some my work in Congress to stop these tragic events from happening.

 


Taking Action in Schools to Prevent Self-harm or Harm to Others

 

This past March, President Biden signed the STANDUP Act into law. I introduced this suicide prevention and school threat assessment bill with Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) in the House back in 2019. The law requires states, schools, and Tribes to teach students, teachers, and administrators to identify and address threats before tragedy occurs to receive Project AWARE grants, which promote youth mental health awareness.

The STANDUP Act’s policies are key to stopping school violence and youth suicide by encouraging early prevention, teaching children and adults to heed warning signs, and giving educators and administrators the tools they need to stop violence before it happens.

As the details of what led up to the shooting in Uvalde become clearer, there is no doubt that we need more laws to keep schools safe. I am committed to getting this newly signed law implemented as fast as possible.

 


Urging Swift Votes to Pass Gun Safety Legislation and Confirm ATF Leadership

 

Just last week after the shooting at a Buffalo, NY supermarket that left 10 people dead, I shared details on a letter sent to Minority Leader McConnell to allow a vote in the Senate on two background checks bills that passed the House in March 2021, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446.

In the tragic aftermath of this week’s deadly shooting, I joined more efforts to curb the deadly gun violence in our country today.

First, I joined my colleagues to call on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin for swift consideration and a confirmation vote on Steven Dettelbach's nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This agency works to stop the illegal trafficking of guns, prevent acts of terrorism, and help keep our communities safe. Due to the lack of a permanent director since 2015, ATF has operated under several acting directors. ATF needs permanent leadership to help fulfill its mission, combat violent crime, and protect public safety.

Second, I signed a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Leader Steny Hoyer, and Whip Jim Clyburn urging them to immediately instruct the Judiciary committee to bring gun violence prevention legislation to markup, then swiftly bring those bills to the House floor for a vote. The American public supports gun violence prevention legislation and is demanding action. It is past time we deliver.

 


Please take care of yourself during this difficult time for our country. Hold your loved ones close and please do not lose hope that things can change. The future of our country depends on it.

May 27, 2022

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May 20, 2022

Dear friend,

The grief our country is experiencing following the deadly shootings in Buffalo and Laguna Woods cannot be put into words. I am extremely saddened by these events and frustrated that Congress has not been able to pass commonsense gun safety reforms to protect our communities. This past March, my colleagues and I urged Minority Leader McConnell to allow a vote in the Senate on two background checks bills that passed the House in March 2021, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446. Nothing should stand in the way of protecting the lives of the people we represent.

Families around the country are also struggling with an unacceptable infant formula shortage. I thank the Biden Administration for the leadership shown during this desperate time for many parents & for the latest actions to ensure there is enough safe infant formula available for families in need. Congress also took decisive action by passing two bills: one approved $28 million in emergency funds for the Food and Drug Administration to address the shortage, and another to make it easier for vulnerable families in the WIC program to buy any available infant formula with their benefits.

As our country deals with these challenges, please remember that my staff is available to answer any questions and offer support if you have problems with a federal agency. Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Caroline from La Jolla contacted my office last month to request assistance with expediting a passport renewal. Caroline had plans to visit the East Coast and Canada, so she needed a new passport before her trip. My staff worked with Caroline to gather the necessary documents related to her upcoming travels. Fortunately, the San Diego Passport Agency was able to schedule an expedited appointment prior to Caroline’s departure.

 


Urging the Biden Administration to Reach Decision on Solar Inquiry

 

This week, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-8) and I co-led a letter to President Biden requesting the Department of Commerce to take steps to expeditiously reach a preliminary decision on its solar inquiry. The investigation is causing solar projects to get canceled and coal plants to stay open. Our group of 85 House members join 22 Senators, 19 Governors, and many members of the solar, environmental, and labor communities that also call for a swift decision.

Weeks before this investigation started, I urged the Commerce Department in an internal letter to consider the climate and economic impacts of this investigation. In April, I voiced my concerns during an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. I look forward to a favorable outcome. Our climate, clean energy, and economic goals depend on it. Thank you to everyone who has joined our coalition calling for this cause. 

 


The New Democrat Coalition Celebrates 25 Years in Congress

 

As Vice Chair for Policy for the New Democrat Coalition, it was an honor to mark this anniversary during a press conference with my colleagues, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Whether we are working to tackle inflation, a slow supply chain, or offering pragmatic climate solutions, New Dems are leading the way in Congress. Happy 25th birthday!

 


Fighting Meth Addiction and Overdoses in San Diego & Around the U.S.

 

ONDCP visit to SD

 

Earlier this month, I participated in a roundtable discussion with Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and members of the San Diego Meth Strike Force. We discussed the new efforts set in motion by my Methamphetamine Response Act which was signed into law in March. The law requires the ONDCP to create, make public and enact a national plan to tackle meth addiction and overdoses. Thank you to Dr. Gupta and the Meth Strike Force for coming together to prevent the tragic toll meth takes on our communities.

 


Meeting with San Diego Small Business Owners

 

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This week, I met with two people I represent: Tony Wang and Ernestine Brown. Tony owns the Cat Cafe in Downtown San Diego while Ernestine, a proud Navy veteran, owns the Old Town Soap Company. We discussed the challenges they face as small business owners and how the federal government can help bolster small businesses and their recovery after the pandemic. Thank you for stopping by!

 


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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May 20, 2022

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May 13, 2022

Dear friend,

As we move away from most COVID-19 related restrictions, it might be easy to forget how this event shaped our mental health. Feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression in both adults and children don't disappear with the end of pandemic regulations. Just like we take care of our physical health, our mental health is just as important. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I encourage you to take care of yourself and seek help if you need it. 

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

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Last month, Robert from Del Mar Heights contacted my office regarding his Social Security benefits. His benefits were delayed due to his move from New Jersey to San Diego. Since Robert had already notified the SSA office in New Jersey about his move, my staff contacted that office and inquired about this delay. After three weeks, Robert's benefits were updated and he received $2,700.

 


Engaging with San Diego's Regional Leaders

 

LEAD SD

 

Last week, I spoke to a group participating in LEAD San Diego’s Influence program. LEAD San Diego is a nonpartisan affiliate of the San Diego Regional Chamber that offers several programs to help leaders learn about key regional issues and establish strong community connections. I provided an update on my work in Congress and answered questions on the events of January 6th, housing and homelessness, and working across the aisle to find bipartisan solutions to our most pressing problems. It's always an honor to engage with this San Diego network that continues building up our region.

 


Honoring Local Teachers from the Hindu Community

 

Earlier this month ahead of Teacher Appreciation Week, I attended an event to honor teachers and school district staff from our local Hindu community. COVID-19 reminded us of the critical role teachers play in helping students grow and learn. It was great to show my appreciation in person and to learn the different ways in which school staff and teachers are supporting children while navigating the effects of the pandemic. 

 


Meeting San Diego Unified School District's New Superintendent

 

SDUSD officials

 

I recently met with San Diego Unified School District's Superintendent, Lamont Jackson, and other district officials. We discussed Superintendent Lamont's new role since starting this past March and the current relationship between families and school boards. Other we discussed included federal assistance for students who are refugees, how federal COVID-19 assistance has helped SDUSD schools, the importance of IDEA funding for students with disabilities, and the continued need for impact aid to support military families. 

 


Cannabis Research in San Diego

 

Also last week, I met with Dr. Igor Grant and Dr. Thomas Marcotte from the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego. During our meeting, they discussed the center's recent activities and studies including one on cannabis consumption and driving recently published in the JAMA Psychiatry medical journal. We also spoke about a bill my office is working on that would allow researchers to access regulated dispensary products to advance our knowledge on medicinal cannabis and public health. Thank you to Dr. Grant and Dr. Marcotte for your work and I will continue supporting the efforts of this center which remains a national leader in this field!

 


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May 13, 2022

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April 29, 2022

Dear friend,

After a busy and productive week in Washington, D.C., I look forward to traveling back to San Diego to meet with the people I represent. 

After holding our receptions virtually for the past two years, I am thrilled that my office will soon hold an in-person reception for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition! I will announce the winner on my social media channels next week. If you would like to vote for your favorite submission, visit my Facebook profile. The submission with the most likes by next Monday 5/2 at 4pm PT will be chosen as our fan favorite!

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

 


Discussing the Future of American Solar Jobs

 

4.28.22 E&C hearing Sec Granholm

 

Yesterday, I participated in an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Department of Energy's (DOE) proposed FY 2023 budget. The budget proposes investments in domestic clean energy manufacturing, environmental justice, tackling the climate crisis, and ensuring the safety and security of the nuclear weapons stockpile.

Given our ambitious environmental goals, I asked DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm how an ongoing federal investigation on solar panel imports could affect our clean energy goals and the growth of the U.S. solar industry. I made it clear that potential tariffs could harm American solar jobs, our ability to address the climate crisis, and the expansion of renewable energy in the short term. Earlier this year, I sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on this issue and plan on following up in the coming weeks to make sure the Biden Administration makes the right decision.

Watch our full exchange during yesterday's hearing here.

 


Celebrating the Legacy of Sally T. Wong Avery

 

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Last Saturday, I attended a dedication ceremony for the Sally Wong Avery Library at UC San Diego. For decades, Sally has dedicated herself to important causes in San Diego, including many for the Chinese-American community. Sally has committed $10 million to support the UC San Diego Library, which will ensure that East Asian collections and scholarships are a key part of UC San Diego’s Library for the future. It's an honor to know Sally and to keep supporting her great work for San Diego!

 


Advocating for More Housing

 

Last week, I spoke at a reception hosted by Up for Growth in the East Village. Up for Growth is a national network working to solve the housing shortage and affordability crisis. I discussed my work on housing, including the Build More Housing Near Transit Act, and how similar policies can benefit and promote necessary and affordable housing in communities across the country. Thank you to Up for Growth for your important work to facilitate housing for all Americans.

 


Supporting CA-52 Students in Washington, D.C.

 

Canyon Crest Academy

 

Yesterday, I also met with a group of students from Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) who visited Washington, D.C. They are participating in the annual WorldQuest competition which tests high school students' knowledge of current international politics, geography, and economics, among other topics. While we met, they also shared their work through CCA's Envision Conservatory for the Humanities to help develop and administer remote educational curriculum for students abroad. It was great hearing from this engaged and intelligent group of students who make CA-52 proud in our nation's capital!

 


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April 22, 2022

Dear friend,

Every year on Earth Day, we have the opportunity to appreciate our planet, all its wonderful features, and our interconnectedness as living creatures. Representing a place as beautiful as San Diego gives me the perfect opportunity to focus on policies and initiatives that protect our climate and environment. Since the beginning of my service in Congress, I've worked hard to reach across the aisle to reduce harmful emissions, strengthen our infrastructure to withstand the effects of climate change, and bolster the creation of a clean energy economy. 

One year ago, 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.

For this special edition of my weekly newsletter, I'm providing a recap of my work to address the climate crisis over the last year.

It's an honor for me to represent CA-52 in Congress and thank you for your continued support. Happy Earth Day!

 

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Bills Passed & Signed into Law

 

Bills and Provisions Passed in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

 

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In January, l discussed critical IIJA investments in electric vehicle charging stations at a press conference at Liberty Station.

 

The Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law in November 2021 and represents a major bipartisan victory to upgrade our country's infrastructure. IIJA provides historic investments to modernize the nation’s roads, bridges, railways, transit, energy systems, broadband, and other critical infrastructure projects to bring communities across America up to speed. Several elements of the bill are currently being implemented all around the country.

 

The IIJA included my Prevent Outages with Energy Resiliency Options Nationwide (POWER ON) Act which will help fix the 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 helps boost reliability, decarbonize the power sector, electrify the transportation sector, adapt the grid to withstand the devastating effects of climate change, and lower electricity costs for consumers.

This past January, the Department of Energy launched the “Building a Better Grid” Initiative to carry out key transmission provisions in IIJA, including the POWER ON Act. The program is working with community and industry stakeholders to identify national transmission needs and support the buildout of long-distance, high voltage transmission facilities.

 

Provisions on Wildfire Resilience and Clean Energy Innovation: 

 

Wildfire resilience: To address ongoing and increasingly dangerous wildfire threats, IIJA included funding for wildfire mitigation and resilience, including over $100 million for hazardous fuels reduction projects on public and private lands. Notably, I co-sponsored two bills related to wildfires that were included in the IIJA:

  • Sen. Alex Padilla’s (D-CA) bill to provide grants to harden the electric grid against extreme weather, including wildfires,
  • and the Wildland Fire Mitigation & Management Commission Act of 2021 to update the federal government's comprehensive approach to fight wildfires.

Carbon removal and clean hydrogen: To address the climate crisis, we will need to lead the world in developing next generation clean technologies. IIJA funds critical energy technologies and demonstration projects including for geothermal, energy efficiency, clean hydrogen, and carbon removal technologies.

 

Resolution to Reinstate Two Key Rules that Set Stronger Regulations on Methane Pollution

 

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Scientists and climate experts agree that reining in methane emissions is considered "low hanging fruit" in the fight against climate change. 

 

In July 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to reduce dangerous methane pollution. I co-introduced this resolution with Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17) to reinstate two key Obama-era rules that set stronger regulations on methane pollution emitted by the nation's oil and gas industry.

The production of oil and natural gas is the largest source of methane pollution in the United States. In September 2020, the Trump administration rescinded critical methane capture rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration. The reversal weakened, and in some cases eliminated, requirements that oil and natural gas companies limit methane from their operations.

This action to reinstate the rules remains one of the most significant actions Congress has ever taken to combat the climate crisis and is a victory for public health advocates and U.S. industry. 

 


Leading Through Bill Introductions

 

Maintaining a Safe Climate

 

Earlier this month, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) and I co-introduced the Federal Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Leadership Act. This bill prioritizes carbon removal as a solution to our climate challenges, and answers the urgent call made by the most recent IPCC report on climate change. 

The Federal CDR Leadership Act proves we're serious about leading the world in addressing climate change, creating well-paying jobs in the clean energy transition, and developing essential next generation technologies in America.

 

Strengthening Our Federal Responses to Climate Disasters

 

To kick off 2022, Rep. María Salazar (FL-27), Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and I introduced the National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act (NCARS), a bill to streamline the federal response to climate hazards that threaten human health, safety and critical infrastructure. Having a robust national strategy will be essential as we face the increasingly dangerous climate hazards of the future.

 

Reasserting American Leadership on Climate and Supporting U.S. Workers

 

Last July, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and I introduced the FAIR Transition and Competition Act of 2021. This bicameral legislation would establish a border carbon adjustment (BCA) on polluting imports. Imposing a BCA would protect U.S. jobs, reduce global emissions, and provide enhanced support to communities that suffer the worst effects of climate change.

A BCA levels the field for domestic manufacturers by imposing a fee on carbon-intensive products from other countries when they reach the U.S. border. This will incentivize investments in cleaner technologies and account for the cost of complying with U.S. laws and regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

 


 

My staff is always happy to help and answer questions on policy ideas. If you would like to contact my office, you can visit our website or call the district office at 858-455-5550.

Apr 22, 2022

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