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Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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July 27, 2021

Dear friend,

My office has the honor of making the 52nd district a better place, as well as sharing information with the people I represent about funding opportunities available through our nation's federal grant-making agencies. Different categories for grants include arts and culture, education, transportation, agriculture, business and commerce and community development, among many others.

If you would like to learn more about how to apply for these federal grants, join me next week for a virtual grants workshop to discuss grant resources and tips. This presentation will serve as a broad overview for grantseekers and will be most helpful for those who are new to applying for federal grants.

We will also discuss funding opportunities available for nonprofits, the process to apply for grants, and provide advice to practice good fiscal management.

Panelists for this event include:

  • Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53)
  • Megan Thomas, CEO of Catalyst (formerly San Diego Grantmakers)
  • Judy Ceresa, Senior Program Advisor, grants.gov

Event Details

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Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Time: 3:00-4:00 P.M. (PT)
Location: Virtual via Zoom - Click here to register!

You can also watch this event live on Facebook.


To learn more about federal grant opportunities, inquire about pending grant applications, or receive assistance with grants you have already received, please contact our office at 858-455-5550.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on how we're working for you, on Congress, and on how we can better serve San Diego.

Sincerely,

Jul 27, 2021

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July 23, 2021

Dear friend,

The Tokyo Olympics officially kicked off today, giving billions of people the chance to witness the world's greatest athletes compete for the gold. This is a celebration that brings the world together and uplifts our countries, but it wouldn't have been possible without vaccines and the advances we've made to fight COVID-19. Please remember that getting a vaccine will keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe. For local appointments and site locations, click here.

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


This Week's Casework Success Story

Jack, 17, and his mother, Susan, from Coronado contacted the office to request help renewing Jack's passport. He was recently selected to play in an all-expenses-paid soccer tournament in Denmark. However, Jack's passport recently expired and his scheduled departure day was less than a week away. My hardworking staff worked with the family to gather all necessary documents and reached out to the San Diego Passport Agency for assistance. The agency was happy to help given the unique circumstances of the situation and Jack will take off to Denmark this Sunday.

"...we had exhausted every means of getting an emergency renewal appointment to no avail. We contacted the office of Congressman Scott Peters for help and (staff member) was a true life saver. He listened to our case, looked over our paperwork, and went to bat for us with the passport agency and because of his help we were able to get the necessary emergency appointment so that my son could fulfill his lifelong soccer dreams. We are forever grateful...!

- Susan from Coronado


Legislative Work

Introduction of Border Carbon Adjustment

On Monday, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and I unveiled new, bicameral legislation to establish a border carbon adjustment (BCA) on polluting imports. 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. We're thrilled that this will incentivize investments in cleaner technologies and account for the cost of complying with U.S. laws and regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. The BCA will also provide a flexible framework for more ambitious climate policy to come.

As we continue assuming our responsibility to provide safe, clean, and reliable energy, our broader goal is clear: the U.S. will remain a global economic leader by addressing climate change, creating millions of good-paying jobs, and reducing economic inequality.

Introduction of Veteran Peer Specialist Act

On Tuesday, I co-introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Veteran Peer Specialist Act with Reps. Colin Allred (TX-32), Tracey Mann (KS-01) and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) to expand the highly successful peer specialist support program to all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers over the next five years.

This bill builds on the program established in the 2018 VA MISSION Act by permanently expanding access to veterans' best guide to care: fellow veterans. By applying their own lived experience, peer counseling specialists play a vital role in combatting risks of veteran suicide and treating mental health conditions. These specialists encourage recovery by helping fellow veterans access health services and navigate the VA health care system, while also teaching coping and positive health-affirming behaviors. Click here to learn more.

Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Hearing: "The Growing Threat of Ransomware"

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On Tuesday, I attended the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on the threat of ransomware. Among the witnesses at this hearing were Christian Dameff, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Biomedical Informatics, and Computer Science at UC San Diego. When referring to the recent Scripps Health cyberattack, I asked whether hospitals could operate internally without exposure to hacks or ransomware. I also asked Kemba Walden, Assistant General Counsel from Microsoft Corporation if private companies are appropriately incentivized to deploy the best practices to protect individuals' data if it doesn't directly affect their bottom line. Click here to watch our exchange.


Passport Renewal Times

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My office continues to receive a high volume of calls related to passport renewals. We thank you for your patience as my staff evaluates individual cases. Currently, regular processing takes approximately 18 weeks while expedite requests take around 12 weeks. Please check your passport expiration date before booking international travel as you may not receive your passport in time before your departure.

Visit the State Department's Passport Agencies website for more information.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

An increasing number of high-profile executives including Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are visiting space and encouraging more outer space exploration. Do you believe the government should invest more funds and resources beyond NASA to expand space tourism and recreation?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

Last week's question was: "As the economy continues to stabilize, we're seeing how inflation increases the price of goods and services. Have your spending habits or plans changed due to this recent inflation?"

Here are the results:

322 Responses: 35.1% This inflation has not influenced how I spend. 26.4% Yes; I have adjusted my spending habits to cover what I need to buy. 26.1% I have adjusted some spending habits but can generally afford to keep up with inflated prices. 12.4% Other


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

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Jul 23, 2021

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July 16, 2021

Dear friend,

Elevated COVID-19 case rates in San Diego, California and throughout the country show the danger of the highly contagious Delta variant. Getting the vaccine could make the difference between life and death. As misinformation spreads on social media and by word of mouth, please inform yourself responsibly. If you haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, there's still a chance to protect yourself and those around you. Click here to view sites and appointments in San Diego.

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


Legislative Work

Energy & Commerce Committee "Keeping Us Safe and Secure: Oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission" Hearing

On Wednesday, I participated in a joint hearing held by the Subcommittees on Energy and Environment and Climate Change on nuclear regulations. I asked Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Christopher T. Hanson about the risks associated with the storage of spent nuclear fuel at decommissioned facilities, such as the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and how the Commission is providing oversight for the storage of spent fuel. I also asked if there are there ways to improve oversight and if this an ideal place for long-term spent fuel storage. If you missed this hearing, you can watch it here.


District Work

Closing of Emergency Intake Site at Convention Center

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On Thursday, I joined my fellow members of Congress and County Supervisors Nora Vargas and Nathan Fletcher for the official closing of the emergency intake site for unaccompanied minors within the convention center. Federal and local officials set up this site in March to respond to the growing number of children and teenagers at our border. During these months, over 2,400 asylum seekers were released to sponsors. Thank you to the local staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to provide comfort and safety for these unaccompanied minors. 

We also fulfilled the commitment we made to fully reopen the convention center to revive San Diego’s tourism sector. It now returns to its role as a major economic engine that supports tens of thousands of jobs in San Diego. Let's get back to business!

Reception with Mr. Taranjit Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the United States

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Later on Thursday, I joined a reception celebrating the visit of the Ambassador of India to the U.S., Mr. Taranjit Sandhu, to San Diego. He accepted the first delivery of MH60R helicopters on behalf of the Indian Navy. Last year, the Indian government approved a $2.6 billion deal to purchase 24 Seahawks from American manufacturers. This event aboard the Star of India, along with my peers Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) and Rep. Darrel Issa (CA-50), reaffirms our strong relationship with India and the continued work our countries will do together.

Meeting with Smart Border Coalition Board of Directors

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I also spoke to the board of directors of the Smart Border Coalition this week. This coalition uplifts the importance of our binational region and works to facilitate travel between San Diego and Tijuana. The group recently developed ways to better track border wait times in partnership with UC San Diego. We discussed building a smart border by leveraging local high-tech companies, cleaning up the Tijuana River valley, and improving the flow of goods and people.

Other attendees included Mayor Todd Gloria, Tijuana Mayor Karla Ruiz McFarland, Consul General of United States in Tijuana Sue Saarnio, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego Carlos González Gutiérrez, and Rep. Darrell Issa.

Tour of USNS John Lewis

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Earlier today, I toured USNS John Lewis ahead of its Christening Ceremony tomorrow. Speaker Nancy Pelosi led the congressional delegation (pictured above) for today's tour and will deliver the ceremonial principal address at the ceremony.

This ship is first in its class and will be operated by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. John Lewis-class oilers will be named for other prominent civil rights leaders and are part of the Navy's Combat Logistics Force. San Diego's General Dynamics NASSCO proudly built this oiler after the Navy awarded a $3.2 billion contract in 2016 for its design and construction.

This christening will mark one year since the death of John Lewis, a man whose legacy is defined by public service and his fight for civil rights. We know all future Sailors aboard this ship will be inspired by Lewis’ legacy. We wish them fair winds and following seas.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

As the economy continues to stabilize, we're seeing how inflation increases the price of goods and services. Have your spending habits or plans changed due to this recent inflation?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

Last week's question was: Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools. It states that fully vaccinated students and teachers do not need to wear masks in school. Do you think this is an appropriate update? Or, should schools open more slowly because of the highly contagious Delta COVID-19 variant and the presence of a large unvaccinated population?

Here are the results:

330 Responses: 40.9% I think kids should be able to return to in-person learning, but I'm concerned about interactions between vaccinated and unvaccinated people at schools. 36.7% Yes; kids should be able to return to in-person school without masks. 9.4% No, remote learning or stricter mask requirements should remain in place. 13% Other


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

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

Jul 16, 2021

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July 9, 2021

Dear friend,

The National Weather Service is expecting a heat wave this weekend that will bring scorching temperatures to our mountains and deserts. Please stay safe if you visit these areas and do your part by participating in a statewide flex alert to save energy.

According to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, around 140,000 San Diegans who received their first Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dose are overdue for their second dose. Since a single dose of either vaccine is less effective, county health officials encourage those overdue to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Click here to view vaccination sites and appointments.

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


San Ysidro Port of Entry and Tijuana River Valley Tour

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On Tuesday, I visited the San Ysidro Port of Entry with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51). We observed the inspection of various vehicles by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they crossed the border and discussed how different travelers are processed. Later during the tour, Border Patrol agents took us through the Tijuana River Channel and to Border Field State Park. We talked about ways to make the border more efficient and secure, and how we can work together to clean up the environmental disaster occurring in the Tijuana River Valley.

Testing Vaccination and Resource Center Tour

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After our tour, we visited a shelter for individuals processed by CBP at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Jewish Family Services operates this Testing Vaccination and Resource Center. The success of this shelter depends on key partnerships with local and state agencies such as the California Department of Social Services, the Office of Emergency Services, and Department of Public Health. UC San Diego Health also offers medical attention and resources at this site. 

The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the only port along the U.S. southern border with an active collaboration between non-governmental organizations and CBP. This collaboration is critical for the wellbeing and health of asylum seekers, refugees, and San Diegans. Thank you to everyone who is working hard to keep these partnerships running and to treat those who enter our country seeking refuge with dignity and respect.  


"One River, Two Countries: Solving the Tijuana River Pollution Problem" Virtual Town Hall

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Also on Tuesday, I attended a virtual event to discuss the Tijuana River Valley pollution problem. Dr. Gabriela Muñoz, from Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Fay Crevoshay from WILDCOAST joined the panel moderated by Voice of San Diego's MacKenzie Elmer and Vicente Calderón from Tijuana Press.

We discussed the history of this problem, the challenges we face to make progress on both sides of the border, proposed solutions, and the role of the American and Mexican governments to solve this problem. If you missed this event, you can watch it here.


Wildfire Safety Workshop

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On Thursday, I joined Councilmember Marni von Wilpert for a workshop on wildfire safety and preparedness. Members of the San Diego Fire Department, CalFire, San Diego Police Department, California Insurance Commissioner's Office, and San Diego Gas and Electric also joined this important event. I discussed wildfire-related priorities I've been working on in Congress and reiterated the need for collaboration as climate change drives increased wildfire activity.


Visit to MCAS Miramar

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On Wednesday, I visited MCAS Miramar for a briefing on the energy resiliency work the base continues to develop. This work will enhance our national security and support local energy requirements during peak times, such as heat waves. Under Colonel Dockery's adept leadership, the base has become a national and international model for microgrid energy projects. We're proud to have this innovative project here in San Diego!


Meeting with Members from Local Paralyzed Veterans of America Chapter

Today, I met with members from the local chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. We discussed expanding veteran access for earned benefits, and enhancing the VA's network of care, particularly in telehealth and specialty care services. We also talked about housing issues for veterans and the VA claims appeals backlog, as well as my role in the long-awaited spinal cord injury clinic and community center at the San Diego VA.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools. It states that fully vaccinated students and teachers do not need to wear masks in school. Do you think this is an appropriate update? Or, should schools open more slowly because of the highly contagious Delta COVID-19 variant and the presence of a large unvaccinated population?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

Last week's question was: This week, President Biden met with governors from western states, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, to discuss wildfire prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and response efforts. Given the increasing intensity and danger of wildfires in recent years, what is your level of concern as temperatures rise?

Here are the results:

365 Responses: 75.9% I'm very concerned about the fire season ahead. 13.2% I'm moderately concerned the same potential for wildfires exists every year. 3.6% I'm not concerned about this. 7.3% Other


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

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Jul 9, 2021

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July 2, 2021

Dear friend,

Thanks to decreasing COVID-19 cases and high vaccination rates, we are able to gather once again to celebrate our country's independence this year. While not all fireworks displays will take place, there will be several celebrations across the county. Please stay safe and enjoy this year’s Fourth of July!

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


Legislative Work

Resolution to Curb Methane Emissions Becomes Law

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On Wednesday, I joined President Biden at the White House as he signed a resolution I co-led with Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17) to reinstate methane regulations for oil and gas operations into law.

This is one of the most important actions we've ever taken to combat the climate crisis.

In 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.

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I joined a group of my colleagues and Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a bill enrollment ceremony one day before our resolution got signed into law by the president.

There is more work to be done, but Republicans and Democrats united behind this important action because climate change is real and requires real solutions.

Discussion on POWER On Act during Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing

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On Tuesday, I discussed the Prevent Outages with Energy Resiliency Options Nationwide (POWER ON) Act during an Energy Subcommittee hearing. I authored this bill to boost grid reliability, help decarbonize the power sector, adapt the grid to withstand the effects of climate change, and lower electricity costs for consumers.

Patricia Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Electricity of the
U.S. Department of Energy served as a witness during this hearing. I asked her if the Biden Administration can reach its goal of achieving a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 without authorizing backstop authority for the federal government to ensure the construction of interregional transmission projects.

Ms. Hoffman responded that the Department of Energy can do a lot with existing authorities and continued collaboration with states. She also agreed that we have a national interest in interstate transmission, a need to move clean energy from remote areas to demand centers, and the need to support a strong power grid that will withstand emergency events.

Military Transition Assistance Pathway Caucus

This week, I proudly agreed to serve as the Democratic co-chair of the Military Transition Assistance Pathway (MTAP) Caucus. This bipartisan caucus will support and advocate on behalf of military servicemembers who return to civilian life, advance policies that improve services and resources for them, address gaps of care, and honor the service of our nation’s servicemembers and their families. As representative of a military town like San Diego, I'm well aware that a return to civilian life presents unique challenges. It’s an honor to support this community and I look forward to continuing to serve on their behalf.


Meeting with Poway High School Students

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On Wednesday, I met with students from Poway High School. We discussed the importance of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field for students, especially those in underserved communities. We also discussed the need for STEM funding to engage students and promote the expansion of and access to these programs.


Naturalization Ceremony at USS Midway Museum

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Today, I spoke at a military naturalization ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum, during which 20 active duty servicemembers became citizens of the United States, making me among the first to address them as "my fellow Americans." I'm grateful for their service, sacrifice, and dedication to our nation. Congratulations to them on their new citizenship on this Independence Day weekend!


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

This week, President Biden met with governors from western states, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, to discuss wildfire prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and response efforts. Given the increasing intensity and danger of wildfires in recent years, what is your level of concern as temperatures rise?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: Today, Vice President Harris visited the southern border in El Paso, Texas for the first time since taking office and being tasked with leading diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants. How do you feel about her visit to the border?

Here are the results:

353 Responses: 28% The timing was right; she needed to visit now. 38% The timing was too late; she should have visited sooner. 6.5% There was no need for a border visit; we have other priorities. 27.5% Other


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

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Jul 2, 2021

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June 25, 2021

Dear friend,

Summer is officially here and as the weather heats up, some parts of San Diego County are experiencing dangerously high temperatures. We are well aware how these dry and hot weather conditions may lead to devastating wildfires. Please keep your communities safe by learning how to prepare for and prevent a fire.

Some vaccination sites around San Diego are beginning to wind down operations as demand decreases, but you can still receive your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven't done so yet. Click here for more information.

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


Legislative Work

Resolution to Reinstate Methane Emissions Regulations

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This week, the House voted to pass a resolution I co-led to reinstate methane regulations for oil and gas operations. Rules set by the Obama Administration in 2012 and 2016 regulated methane pollution from American oil and gas companies due to methane's significant contribution to climate change. Last year, the Trump Administration rescinded those rules in a reversal that made it easier for the oil and gas industry to emit this dangerous greenhouse gas into our atmosphere.

Our measure, which uses powers from the Congressional Review Act, rejects rules the Trump Administration implemented. It will immediately reinstate requirements that prevent dangerous emissions from facilities that were exempted under the previous administration.

I spoke about the importance of this resolution on Tuesday during a House Committee on Rules hearing and again during a speech on the House floor earlier today.

Click here to learn more about this resolution.


Hearing on Department of Defense’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

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On Thursday, I attended the House Budget Committee's hearing on the Department of Defense’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget. The hearing's witnesses were the Hon. Michael J. McCord, Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer and Vice Admiral Ronald A. Boxall, Director of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J8). I asked how the Department of Defense's services are prioritizing modernization of infrastructure and what that would mean for my district, including the revitalization of the Naval Information Warfare System Command (NAVWAR) facilities.

I also applauded how MCAS Miramar's energy microgrid enhances energy resiliency and asked how Congress can support the Department of Defense's efforts to address the climate crisis while strengthening our force.


Meeting with the Council on American-Islamic Relations

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Later on Thursday, I met with students and leaders from the San Diego Chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations. This meeting was part of the US Council of Muslim Organization's 2021 Advocacy Day. We discussed the ongoing suffering due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the need to combat Islamophobia domestically and internationally, and reuniting families who are still struggling due to the prior administration's Muslim Ban. While many of the issues we discussed are complex, I remain committed to working together for solutions.


Meeting Craft Brewers Association Members

I also met with Lori Ajax, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association and Virginia Morrison, co-founder of Second Chance Beer Co which is headquartered in the 52nd district. We discussed crucial programs that assist small hospitality businesses, as well as other legislation that can support their agricultural partners in the hops and barley industries.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

Today, Vice President Harris visited the southern border in El Paso, Texas for the first time since taking office and being tasked with leading diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants. How do you feel about her visit to the border?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: Juneteenth, the day which commemorates the end of slavery, is now a federal holiday after swift votes in Congress and being signed into law by President Biden. Do you believe recognizing this date on a national level will lead to a more equal and fair future in our country?

Here are the results:

310 Responses: 48.4% Yes; this was long-overdue and necessary to come to terms with present inequities. 17.1% No; this is only symbolic. There was no need to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. 15.2% I don't believe this makes a difference for our country. 19.3% Other


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

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

Jun 25, 2021

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June 18, 2021

Dear friend,

San Diegans finally breathed a sigh of relief -- without a mask in many cases -- as California's economy fully reopened this past Tuesday. Over 1.7 million individuals in San Diego County over the age of 12 trusted the science and are fully vaccinated. Thanks to this tremendous effort, we can safely resume the activities we were unable to do for over a year. We celebrate how far we've come, but also honor those we've lost along the way as well as our essential workers and health care experts.

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


Legislative Work

OPRA II and Juneteenth

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This week, the House passed the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II (OPRA II) under unanimous consent. This bill will simplify the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant's waiver process, further reduce the facility's pollution output to the ocean, and increase our region's supply of fresh water. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill that delivers a big win to the city of San Diego. Click here to watch my full remarks.

After passing by unanimous consent in the Senate, the House also voted to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. President Biden signed this bill into law yesterday. Celebrated by Black communities for years, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in our country. This holiday will give us time to reflect on our history and honor the ongoing struggle for equality and justice for Black Americans.

Moment of Silence for COVID-19 Victims

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On Monday, I joined a bipartisan group of House and Senate members to honor the 600,000 Americans who have died due to COVID-19. This number is a grim reminder of the mark this virus left on our communities. As we move forward and continue our recovery, we will never forget those who lost their lives due to this pandemic.

Meeting with Sergeant Major Troy E. Black

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On Thursday, I met with Sergeant Major Troy E. Black, who serves as the 19th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Marine Corps. We discussed some of the greatest challenges facing San Diego's military community and how I can best continue my work to support those who serve.


District Work

Vaccines 4 Teens Event

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This morning, I held a press conference at Rady Children's Hospital to discuss the importance of COVID-19 vaccines for everyone, including adolescents. During this event, we recognized Genevieve and Olin Shockley from Scripps Ranch who participated in Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Study in Adolescents this past December and January. We owe a debt of gratitude to these teenagers who bravely committed to the two-year study to help pull us out of this public health crisis.

Dr. John Bradley, Medical Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rady Children's Hospital, also spoke about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you to the hospital's staff for your hard work and for hosting us today, and the Shockley family for your selfless contributions.

Change of Command at MCRD San Diego

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This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the change of command ceremony at the historic Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD). I thank outgoing Brigadier General Ryan Heritage for his leadership as the Marine Corps continued recruiting and developing new Marines during COVID-19, and his excellent work to integrate women into recruit training in San Diego for the first time. I look forward to working closely with Briagadier General Jason Morris as MCRD loosens COVID restrictions and resumes normal operations.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

 Juneteenth, the day which commemorates the end of slavery, is now a federal holiday after swift votes in Congress and being signed into law by President Biden. Do you believe recognizing this date on a national level will lead to a more equal and fair future in our country?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: President Biden is currently in Europe on his first international trip since taking office. Do you believe his work will help reestablish ties between the U.S. and our partners around the world?

Here are the results:

300 Responses: 67% Yes, it's important to remind world leaders that the U.S. is a partner, not an adversary. 22% No, I don't think his work will help U.S. foreign relations. 7.3% I believe our foreign ties have always remained strong over the years. 3.7% Other


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

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

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June 11, 2021

Dear friend,

San Diego County health officials notified the public that we're moving to the yellow tier ahead of a full reopening next week on June 15. This tier signifies a minimal spread of COVID-19 in our region. Now, the County’s new adjusted case rate is only 1.2 cases per 100,000 people.

The pandemic has caused so much pain and devastation, but we've come a long way since March 2020 with the help of science and people like you who made sacrifices to stay safe.

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


This Week's Casework Success Story

Richard from Mira Mesa contacted the office to request assistance with reinstating the tax-exempt status of a local non-profit that serves children in foster care. He works as the executive director of this organization and noticed the Internal Revenue Service had revoked the tax-exempt status due to late filing. Richard had filed the return in time thanks to the extended deadline established due to COVID-19. Upon reaching out to the IRS with proof of filing and date in which the return was submitted, IRS acknowledged the system error. This week, IRS officials reinstated the tax-exempt status of Richard's organization.


Committee Work

"A Humane Response: Prioritizing the Well-Being of Unaccompanied Children" Hearing

O&I with JooYeun Chang

On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (of the Committee on Energy and Commerce) held a hearing on prioritizing the well-being of unaccompanied children. Acting Assistant Secretary JooYeun Chang at the Department of Health and Human Services provided an update on how the department is caring for these minors while in government custody. We discussed San Diego's role in this effort and the collaboration with local leaders that led to the temporary shelter at the Convention Center.

INVEST in America Act Funds for San Diego

Yesterday, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the INVEST in America Act, which now moves to the House floor. This surface transportation bill authorizes funding for transit projects across the country, including three local transit projects my office requested. The bill allocates $25 million for San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) Central Mobility Hub Pre-Construction Project, $5.6 million for the City of San Diego’s Downtown Mobility Phase 3A construction project, and $800,000 for the Port of San Diego’s Harbor Drive 2.0 project.

Two of these projects were jointly requested with Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53) and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51). I want to thank them for their partnerships, as well as the City of San Diego, the Port of San Diego and SANDAG for submitting these proposals.

Click here to learn more.


District Work

Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month Virtual Event

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Click image to watch CBS 8's story on this event.

On Thursday, I hosted a virtual event to recognize June as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. CBS 8's Marcella Lee moderated the event and shared her personal connections with the disease as she discussed her mother's journey with Alzheimer's. Dr. James Brewer from UC San Diego, Dr. Jerold Chun from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and Ana González Seda from the Alzheimer's Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter shared their expertise during our discussion. They spoke about the importance of the 52nd district's thriving life sciences sector, the scope of their research to understand this disease, and the steps we can take to support our health and those who already suffer from Alzheimer's.

If you missed our event, you can watch it here.

Briefing at U.S. Consulate in Tijuana and Tour of Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Site

Earlier today, the San Diego Congressional Delegation visited the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana and the future site of the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry. During our time at the consulate, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-50), Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53), and Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) and I received a briefing on immigration, COVID-19 recovery and efforts to curb pollution in the Tijuana River Valley. SANDAG and CalTrans officials then joined us at the Otay Mesa site and provided updates on the construction of the new port of entry, freeway connections and congestion pricing.

Meeting with the National Live Events Coalition

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On Tuesday, I met with representatives from the National Live Events Coalition to discuss the impacts of COVID-19. The pandemic left many coalition members, including women-owned small businesses, struggling to stay afloat. We discussed the need for Congress to continue supporting these industries who work tirelessly behind the scenes and boost our broader economy.

Meeting on LOSSAN Realignment 

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On Monday, I joined Del Mar Mayor Terry Gaasterland and other Del Mar city staff for a discussion on the relocation of the rail line from the coastal bluffs in Del Mar. The 351-mile LOSSAN Corridor is the second busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in the United States that travels through six counties in Southern California. We spoke about the need for state collaboration with federal action as well as the importance of the line to our regional economy.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

President Biden is currently in Europe on his first international trip since taking office. Do you believe his work will help reestablish ties between the U.S. and our partners around the world?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: An indicator of our COVID-19 recovery is the recent surge in travel. The Transportation Security Administration workforce screened over 5 million travelers at airports across the country over Memorial Day weekend. Have you recently traveled by plane or booked tickets to fly for a summer vacation?

Here are the results:

256 Responses: 22.7% I recently traveled by plane. 25.8% I haven't traveled by plane recently, but already have plans to fly during the summer. 42.6% I haven't traveled by plane recently and don't have plans to travel by plane anytime soon. 5.1% I only travel by car.3.8% Other


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

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June 7, 2021

 

Dear friend,

As we recognize the month of June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, my office continues serving the people I represent by holding informational seminars that can improve their lives.

Alzheimer’s is the third-leading cause of death in San Diego County. According to estimates, over 84,000 San Diegans are currently living with either Alzheimer’s or another dementia. My work in Congress to increase federal investments in the National Institutes of Health, including funds for Alzheimer’s and brain research, is critical to understand this disease and ultimately find a cure.

In observance of this month, we will be hosting a virtual seminar this Thursday featuring the following experts:

  • James Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Department of Neurosciences, Professor, Departments of Neurosciences and Radiology, Director, Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Director, Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study Imaging Core at University of California, San Diego

  • Jerold Chun, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Neuroscience Drug Discovery and Center for Genetic Disorders and Aging Research at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

  • Ana González Seda, MPH, Director of Programs, Alzheimer's Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter

CBS 8's Marcella Lee, who has a personal family connection to this disease, will also be joining to help moderate this discussion.

My hope is that families affected by this disease can learn more about the work of our local research community, and how to access resources their family might need to help manage Alzheimer's and its effects.


Event Details

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Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:30 P.M. (PST)
Location: Virtual via Zoom - Click here to register!

You can also watch live on Facebook.


For questions, please contact my office at 858-455-5550.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on how we're working for you, on Congress, and on how we can better serve San Diego, Poway and Coronado.

Sincerely,

Jun 7, 2021

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June 4, 2021

Dear friend,

This week I continued my work here in San Diego and enjoyed attending functions in person once again. Virtual events became our new normal, but nothing compares to engaging and spending time in each other's presence. I'm encouraged by our progress to put COVID-19 behind us so we can resume the lives we had before the pandemic.

Thank you for doing your part to stay safe and to keep those around you safe as well by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask. If you haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, click here for information.

Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


This Week's Casework Success Story

Dora from Mira Mesa reached out to my office in April concerning an issue with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). They terminated her Medicare benefits stating that she had not paid six months of premiums, even though she had proof of payment. We sent this case to the local SSA field office in Kearny Mesa and the local office sent the case to the SSA Processing Center for a review. By mid-May, SSA staff took a closer look and resolved the case.

My Mother asked that I THANK YOU for helping her and getting results so quickly. Her Medicare has been reinstated...She had all her payment records, but no one would take the information and audit her file to confirm the payments had been made. She is 81 years old and this really wore her down with worry. Scott Peters and his team do care and get results!”

- Yvette, Dora's daughter


AFGE Western Regional Council of Prisons Caucus

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On Tuesday, I delivered opening remarks at the general session for the AFGE Western Regional Council of Prisons Caucus. I welcomed members to San Diego and highlighted my commitment to improve pay and benefits, increase staff, and help members and families who were hurt by COVID-19. Prison guards work long hours under stressful conditions to keep our communities safe. We honor their work and sacrifices during the pandemic, and continue to support their mission.


Virtual Coffee & Conversation with Healthcare Leadership Council

On Wednesday, I joined members of the Healthcare Leadership Council for a broad conversation on health care and my related work in Congress. I discussed my support for the Affordable Care Act, the importance of innovation and genome sequencing, the success of Operation Warp Speed, continued support for the National Institutes of Health, and telemedicine in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. I also spoke about my support for the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act to enhance our nation’s nurse and physician workforce during the pandemic by recapturing unused immigrant visas.


San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Congressional Conversation

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I joined my peers Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), and Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Virtual Congressional Conversation on Wednesday. This event gave the San Diego Congressional Delegation the opportunity to weigh in on the region's most important issues. I answered questions on the future of our economy, discussed my positive outlook on job creation and ways to keep our country competitive, and the need to stay at the forefront of science and innovation, among other issues.


Virtual Forum on Central American Security, Economic Prosperity, and Migration

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On Thursday, I joined the Institute of the Americas for a virtual forum to discuss challenges and opportunities in Central America’s Northern Triangle Region. The institute is a non-profit policy center at UC San Diego that hosts workshops and conferences on critical issues in the Americas. We spoke about the United States' efforts to fix our immigration system, how we've interacted with Central American governments in the past, and climate change as a threat to our national security. I also discussed my thoughts on President Biden's recent proposal to address factors driving migration from Central America to our border region and beyond. 


BAPACSD American Rescue Plan Congressional Panel

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I also joined the San Diego Chapter of the Black American Political Association of California on Thursday to discuss the American Rescue Plan. I discussed the relief bill's impact on the Black community, how the pandemic disproportionately hurt communities of color, and the systemic inequalities that existed long before the pandemic. Thank you to BAPACSD for your continued work and engagement on behalf of the African American community.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

 An indicator of our COVID-19 recovery is the recent surge in travel. The Transportation Security Administration workforce screened over 5 million travelers at airports across the country over Memorial Day weekend. Have you recently traveled by plane or booked tickets to fly for a summer vacation?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: Many states are offering incentives for residents to become vaccinated against COVID-19. Do you believe these incentives (cash, products, food/drinks etc.) are a good investment to protect the public health?

Here are the results:

251 Responses: 48.2% Yes; they may convince those who are undecided to get vaccinated which benefits all of us. 23.1% No; incentives won’t change the minds of those who refuse to get vaccinated. 10.8% Don’t Know; I’m not sure if this approach will work or if this is a good investment. 17.9% Other


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

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

Jun 4, 2021

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