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Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Climate Playbook Updates

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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

 

Memorial Day 2022

 

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

 

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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

 

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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.

 


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 3, 2022

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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!

 


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 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

 

Sally Wong event

 

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!

 


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 29, 2022

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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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April 15, 2022

Today, the Christian and Jewish communities celebrate very special holidays with Good Friday and the beginning of Passover. I am thankful that the individuals and families I represent may gather to mark these holy events with their loved ones after two years of COVID-related restrictions. Please continue to stay safe and I wish you all a joyful and special end to Holy Week.

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

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Nathalie from Rancho Peñasquitos contacted my office at the end of January to request assistance with the IRS. She received a notice for being late with her taxes even though she had requested an extension. My staff worked with Nathalie to gather documents showing proof of an extension approval from the IRS. We also submitted a requested for the penalties and fees to be reversed. A couple of weeks ago, instead of having to pay $1,047.52 in penalties, Nathalie and her husband received a refund for $114.54.

 


Supporting for Ukraine from San Diego

 

House of Ukraine

 

Last Friday, I met with representatives from the House of Ukraine and other local Ukrainians to discuss the ongoing war. We spoke about the United States' continued humanitarian and military support for the Ukrainian people who have shown immense courage and sacrifice as they defend their country. The United States was born out of a fight for freedom and the right to sovereignty. We must do everything we can to support Ukraine as it fights for those same liberties

 


Planning Ahead for Travel This Summer

 

If you are planning on traveling internationally this summer, my office urges you to plan ahead! For routine passport processing, you might wait 8-11 weeks or 5-7 weeks for expedited processing. Waiting times start from the date the State Department receives your application. My office may be able to assist in very limited situations. Please be advised that emergency passport appointments are extremely limited and reserved for those in true emergency situations. Click here to learn more.

 


Congressional Art Competition: Deadline Extended!

 

My office will continue accepting submissions for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition until next Friday, April 22nd! High school students from CA-52 may drop off their submissions to participate in the competition. Please contact my office in case you have any questions. More information can be found here.

 


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 15, 2022

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April 8, 2022

Dear friend,

It is an honor to continue working for San Diegans in Washington, D.C. I had the chance to visit the White House once again this week and vote for legislation to uphold our NATO alliance and support for the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression.

On a more personal note, I want to let you know that I tested positive for COVID-19 this week. I feel fine thanks to being vaccinated and boosted. I am following CDC guidance and isolating for the next several days. Please know that my office is fully operational for CA-52 constituents.

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

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Gini from La Jolla contacted my office three weeks ago seeking assistance with scheduling an expedited visa interview for her Ukrainian cousin and her two daughters. Her cousin fled Ukraine and applied for visitor visas to come to San Diego temporarily. Unfortunately, the soonest interview available online was in July, leaving Gini’s family unsure of where to stay and how to cover day-to-day expenses until the appointment. My staff worked with Gini to gather documents proving she would cover all expenses for her family while in the U.S. My office also provided documents on Gini’s family’s background. Today, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw scheduled an expedited interview for all three family members next week.

 


Introduction of the Federal Carbon Dioxide Removal Leadership Act

 

This week, Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) and I co-introduced the Federal Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Leadership Act on the heels of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Our bill answers the report's call to action by creating a sustainable, long-term market for direct air capture and other carbon removal processes. The Federal CDR Leadership Act requires the Department of Energy to remove an increasing amount of carbon dioxide emissions every year using direct air capture or other technology-based removal solutions, among other provisions.

The federal government must provide robust support to develop and deploy these technologies quickly. Our bill proves we are 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. For more on the Federal Carbon Dioxide Removal Leadership Act of 2022, click here.

 


Strengthening the Affordable Care Act

 

ACA WH signing

 

On Tuesday, I visited the White House to attend the signing of the executive order on strengthening access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. The Administration also announced a proposal to strengthen the ACA by fixing the “family glitch.” This "glitch" affects about 5 million people and has made it impossible for many families to use the premium tax credit to purchase an affordable, high-quality Marketplace plan. Should this proposed rule be finalized, family members of workers who are offered affordable self-only coverage, but unaffordable family coverage, may qualify for premium tax credits to buy ACA coverage. Additionally, an estimated 200,000 uninsured people would gain coverage, and nearly 1 million Americans would see their coverage become more affordable.

 


Pushing for Oil and Gas Industries to Reduce Emissions

 

Oil and gas prices ec hearing 4.6.22

 

On Wednesday, I took part in the Energy and Commerce Committee's hearing on gas prices and the state of the oil industry. Given high gas prices and the ongoing war in Ukraine, we are seeing the interconnections among energy security, economy, and environment more than ever before. In light of the recent IPCC report findings, I asked Darren W. Woods, the Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation, about the industry's role in reducing emissions. Specifically, I asked if Exxon and other companies should set more aggressive commitments to reduce methane, the specific steps that Exxon should take to accelerate methane emission reduction, and if U.S. oil and gas companies should be leading the world in reducing methane pollution as customer shift toward clean gas. If you missed this hearing, you can watch here. 

 


Discussing Immigration with Guatemalan Ambassador

 

On Thursday, I spoke with Alfonso Quiñonez, the Guatemalan Ambassador to the U.S. We discussed immigration, the implications of lifting Title 42, and Guatemala’s efforts to mitigate drug trafficking through its territory. I thank Ambassador Quiñonez for answering my questions and for maintaining healthy relations between our two countries.

 


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April 1, 2022

Dear friend,

It was another busy and productive week in Washington, D.C. On the House floor, we voted to pass funding for the U.S. Coast Guard, a $35 cap on insulin, and historic marijuana reform, among other bills. It was also great to see familiar faces from home as San Diego leaders flew to the capital to advocate for our region's needs. You can read more about that below in my update on the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Gustavo from Downtown contacted the office in February to request assistance with obtaining an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the Small Business Administration. According to the SBA, Gustavo's application was denied because the administration received a request to withdraw the application. Gustavo made it clear that he did not make that request. My staff worked with Gustavo to reopen the application and submit all necessary documents to proceed with the loan. The loan was recently approved and funded for $35,700.

 


New Democrat Coalition Leadership Visits the White House

 

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On Wednesday, New Democrat Coalition leadership met with President Biden and senior White House officials to discuss our legislative priorities to lower costs for families, fight inflation, and grow our economy. As the Coalition's Vice Chair for Policy, we remain committed to working with the administration to deliver for the American people.

 

Discussion on Achieving Net-Zero Emissions and Our Clean Energy Efforts

 

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On Tuesday, I participated in an event to discuss our country's efforts to address the climate crisis and further our energy security. The event was hosted and moderated by the Bipartisan Policy Center. I spoke about my work in Congress to clean up methane from oil and gas operations, my leadership on the Congressional Algae Caucus, and my commitment to deploying clean technologies. If you missed this event, you can watch it here.

 

San Diego's Congressional Delegation Comes Together in D.C.

 

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This week, the entire San Diego congressional delegation came together for a series of events held by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Members of the chamber delegation visit Washington, D.C. every year to meet with legislators and policy officials to discuss the business needs of our region. I enjoyed discussing San Diego priorities including the impact of COVID-19 on our local economy, federal funds for our infrastructure needs and projects underway to clean up the Tijuana River Valley. Our districts have unique needs, but our region is stronger through our continued collaboration. Thanks to the Chamber for coming out to D.C. and my fellow colleagues for your insight and teamwork for San Diego!

 

Discussing Our Region's Water Supply

 

On Wednesday, I met with staff from the San Diego County Water Authority to discuss the drought in California, our region's efforts to maintain sufficient levels of water supply, and new clean energy opportunities. I was impressed by the early actions our local officials are taking to ensure we have access to clean water no matter the environmental conditions.

 


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March 25, 2022

Dear friend,

As we continue seeing how the horrible war in Ukraine unfolds, President Biden is strengthening our alliances on the global stage this week. This war is an unwanted reminder that America is strongest when it takes the lead. President Biden’s leadership has effectively brought together allies and partners throughout the world to level crippling sanctions on Russia’s economy, isolate Putin's government, and assist Ukraine during this difficult time.

Back here in San Diego, I had a productive week meeting with hardworking people in the community. Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Beverly from University City contacted the office in February to request assistance with obtaining a tax refund on behalf of a friend who passed away. After her friend's passing, Beverly became the heir and executor to the estate. Her tax return was originally filed in October 2021, but Beverly had not received any updates on the status of the return. My staff worked with Beverly to gather all tax information and documents related to her friend's estate and sent them to the IRS for processing. This week, Beverly received a refund check for $7,619.67.

 


Securing Federal Funds for Poway's Water Infrastructure

 

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On Monday, I held a press conference to announce $1 million in community project funding for the City of Poway's Clearwell Bypass System. The Clearwell is a 10-million-gallon treated water storage reservoir that was built in 1964 and needs to be replaced. Funds for this project were secured through the federal appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022 that was signed into law last week. The Clearwell project is one of seven projects I fought to include in the federal appropriations bill. In total, seven projects for CA-52 will be funded, totaling $5,862,500. I thank the City of Poway for your work to meet our most basic human need for water!

 

Discussing the Importance of Multiple Sclerosis Research

 

Later on Monday, I spoke with members of the local chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society about the need to keep funding for the MS Research Program at the Department of Defense. We also spoke about ways to make health insurance and drug prices more affordable.

 


Using Algae to Fight Climate Change

 

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I visited the offices of Viridos, a biotechnology company based in Torrey Pines on Wednesday. The company harnesses the power of photosynthesis to mitigate climate change by developing renewable algae biofuel. We discussed the company's operations, potential partnerships with the Departments of Defense and Energy, and how a national low-income fuel standard can include algae. As the co-founder of the Congressional Algae Caucus, it was so exciting to see this work that keeps our innovation sector alive!

 


Supporting San Diego Families in Need Through Head Start

 

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On Tuesday, I visited the Broadway Early Head Start center in Downtown San Diego. Head Start is a federally funded child development program that provides preschool children of low-income families with resources to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs. The staff and I discussed how federal poverty guidelines could be changed to help more families in San Diego meet eligibility requirements to participate in the program.

 


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Mar 25, 2022

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