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Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Climate Playbook Updates

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March 18, 2022

Dear friend,

This week, Congress heard directly from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy regarding the ongoing war in Ukraine. President Zelenskyy’s courage and commitment reminded us that our American spirit evolved from our dedication to the right to sovereignty; a right Ukraine is fiercely fighting to protect.

Following his address, the U.S. has continued boosting support for Ukraine. In just the past week, we have committed $1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, and a total of $2 billion since the beginning of the Biden Administration. On Thursday, I voted to pass a bill to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus. The bill would raise tariffs on goods from Russia and Belarus and give President Biden power to impose stricter import taxes on their exports.

 

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

 


Update: STANDUP Act & Methamphetamine Response Act of 2021 Are Now Laws!

 

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I had the honor of joining President Biden in the Oval Office on Monday as he signed the Methamphetamine Response Act of 2021 into law. This law targets meth addiction and overdose and prompts the Office of National Drug Control Policy to deploy a strategy to tackle the rising danger of this drug in our communities.

The STANDUP Act also became law this week. I loved visiting Bernardo Heights Middle School back in 2019 to see how this legislation can make a real difference in students’ lives. Students told me about the practices they developed to keep each other safe and I knew it was important to amplify their efforts in Washington, D.C. I thank Sandy Hook Promise and my congressional colleagues for their collaboration to get this done.

 


Discussing Connections Among Climate Change, National Security, and Diplomacy 

 

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On Thursday, I participated in a virtual event held by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Veterans for Smart Power. This was a great event to address how climate change presents security challenges here at home and abroad. We discussed how the war in Ukraine highlights our energy dependence from unfriendly countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia. I also stressed how San Diego's defense community is at the forefront of renewable energy technology and innovation. Thank you for having me and I look forward to seeing how these discussions continue advancing critical policies for our planet!

 


Announcements from Washington, D.C.

 

White House Tours Return this April!

 

The White House Visitors Office is pleased to announce public tours of the White House will begin on Friday, April 15, 2022! Initially, public tours will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, excluding Federal holidays or unless otherwise noted. My office may begin submitting White House Tour requests for constituents starting on Monday, March 21, 2022. For more details and tour reservation requirements, click here.

 

2022 Congressional Art Competition Submissions Now Open

 

High school students in the 52nd district are encouraged to apply for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition! Applications are now open until Friday, April 15th. For the first time in three years, my office will host an in-person reception for these young creatives shortly after the deadline. More details on this competition can be found on my website.

 


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

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Mar 18, 2022

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March 11, 2022

Dear friend, 

As we took important votes for our country this week in Washington, D.C., we were constantly reminded of the tragedy occurring in Eastern Europe. Russia continues its unprovoked war against Ukraine by violating its sovereignty, committing war crimes against civilians, and engaging in disinformation about the purpose of their invasion. 

Over the past few days, Congress took action to further support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for this unjustified display of aggression.

  • On Wednesday, the House passed the Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act, which bans Russian energy imports into the United States.
  • Yesterday, the Senate passed a historic federal spending bill for fiscal year 2022 that includes a supplemental bill for $13.6 billion in emergency funding to support the Ukrainian people. This bill is now headed to President Biden's desk. 
    • An additional $1 billion in funding has already been committed in security assistance for Ukraine over the past year.

Our support for Ukraine stands firm, and despite Russia's horrific actions, the NATO alliance is now stronger than ever.

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

 


Annual Funding Package Moves Key San Diego Projects Forward

 

The funding package for fiscal year 2022 also includes key investments in San Diego priorities that I fought to secure. For the first time in over a decade, Congress has committed to funding local projects put forth by lawmakers. These community projects in the 52nd district include:

  • $1 million to improve and update Poway’s Clearwell water storage reservoir, 
  • $1 million for the Port of San Diego to secure Harbor Island’s shoreline, 
  • and $950,000 for UC San Diego to strengthen the university’s Telehealth and Health Information Technology program.

To view a full list of CA-52 community projects that are funded by the FY 2022 funding package, click here.

 


One Year Since the Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act

 

Today marks one year since the American Rescue Plan was enacted to help communities across the country deal with the devastating effects of COVID-19. The American Rescue Plan delivered crucial emergency funding to our health care system, businesses, families and schools in San Diego, Poway, and Coronado. 

Specifically, the 52nd District received $138.5 million in Child Tax Credit tax cuts to help offset the costs associated with caring for a child or dependent with disabilities. Local restaurants received over $142.9 million in grants from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a program modeled after the RESTAURANTS Act, which I co-sponsored. Struggling small businesses in the entertainment industry also received $92 million from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program to help keep those venues running.

The American Rescue Plan also secured funding for Californian schools and communities. Roughly $15 billion went to California’s K-12 schools to help get kids back in the classroom safely. The ARP also designated over $1 billion for Community Health Centers to conduct COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, surveillance, mitigation and treatment in several communities while supporting the health care workforce.

 


University of San Diego Students Visit Washington, D.C.

 

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On Wednesday, a group of students from the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies stopped by my office in Washington, D.C. We discussed a wide range of issues, including the ongoing war in Ukraine, domestic extremism, and housing and transportation. I appreciated hearing from these young people who are so engaged and passionate about these complex issues!

 


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

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Mar 11, 2022

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March 4, 2022

Dear friend,

President Biden addressed the nation this week in his first State of the Union address. He touched on a wide range of issues we are facing, including the progress we have made as a country to fight COVID-19 over the past two years.

He also discussed the horrible war in Ukraine. As our government and allies continue to put pressure on Russia's economy through strict sanctions, I joined my colleagues from the Energy and Commerce Committee to demand transparency from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers this week. We urged answers on whether their members will continue importing crude oil and petroleum products from Russia. We must halt these imports to abate Russian aggression and help Europeans access clean, affordable, and reliable energy.

For my statement in response to his address, click here.

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

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

John from Linda Vista applied for social security benefits in August 2021. As of January 2021, he had yet to receive his benefits and he reached out to my office for answers and a solution to this issue. My staff was able to help John solve the delay with the Social Security Administration and he received $787.40 in benefits.

 


The STANDUP Act and Meth Response Act Set to Become Law!

 

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan, bicameral Methamphetamine Response Act. The bill would declare methamphetamine an emerging drug threat and direct the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to create and deploy a national strategy to tackle the rising threat of meth addiction and overdose.

 

The STANDUP Act is also headed to the President's desk to be signed into law!

This legislation will help equip students, educators, and staff with necessary skills to identify, intervene, and support those at risk of harming themselves or others. Thank you to my peers – Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Sandy Hook Promise who helped push this life-saving effort across the finish line.

 


Discussing American-Albanian Relations with the Ambassador of Albania

 

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On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of meeting with Floreta Faber who serves as Albania's Ambassador to the U.S. We spoke about the positive relations between our two countries, Albania’s support for Afghan evacuees following our withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Albanian community in San Diego, and the efforts of the Albanian Issues Caucus.

 


Understanding the Challenges of San Diego's Youth

 

Later on Wednesday, I met with Danny Sherlock, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego. We discussed the mental health, nutritional, and workforce preparation challenges young San Diegans are facing. I fully support the goals and efforts of the Boys and Girls Club to help our younger generations thrive and succeed.

 


Engaging International Partners on Climate Solutions

 

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I also met with Mohammed Chahim, member of the European Parliament, this week. We spoke about our efforts to reduce climate pollution, deploy clean technologies, and improve the environmental outcomes of our trade regimes. Specifically, we discussed the FAIR Transition and Competition Act which I introduced last summer with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). International collaboration will be key to address climate change on a global scale, and I look forward to continuing to work with our European allies on this issue.

 


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

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Mar 4, 2022

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February 25, 2022

Dear friend,

This week, the brave people of Ukraine are top of mind, and we are holding them close in our hearts. I support President Biden's call for sweeping and harsh sanctions to institutions to weaken Russia, as well as actions to bolster NATO. Allied nations are determined and united as ever in our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty.

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

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

In November, the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative (MGSDII) contacted my office to request assistance with expediting visas for a group of Israeli engineers. This group collaborated with students at San Diego State University to develop a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The students had been working together virtually for months to prepare for an in-person presentation of the UAV to faculty from the university's Aerospace Engineering Department in April. Given current limitations at the U.S. Embassy, the students were notified that interviews could not be conducted until the fall. My staff worked with MGSDII and an SDSU advisor to gather documentation showing the importance of this project and partnership. This week, the Embassy stated it would expedite interviews to ensure the engineers are here in time to present their project.

"...Because of your help, students from the Technion university in Haifa and Azrieli College in Jerusalem will be here in San Diego this April to present their research collaboration with their counterparts at San Diego State University and University of San Diego."

- Director of the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative

 


Legislative Work

 

For months, I have stressed the need to fix our government's broken budget process. We need reforms to change the course of our country's fiscal future. Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) and I urged House leadership this week to responsibly fund the government and institute long-term fiscal reforms. In our bipartisan letter, we lay out options to tackle our country's unsustainable fiscal trajectory and work together to address it over time. Click here to read our full letter.

 


My Work in San Diego

Advancing Cancer Cures with Technology in San Diego

 

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Last Friday, I visited the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. I observed how the staff uses technology to provide safe and personalized care for cancer patients in need. Moores Cancer Center uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the power of rapid computing to deliver personalized care. I appreciate the opportunity to have seen all this innovation and it is always an honor to represent these amazing institutions in Congress!

 

Connecting with Young Leaders of CA-52

 

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Last week, I spoke with Michi Synn, a freshman at Canyon Crest Academy, who hosts a podcast that seeks to educate young students about racism and how to annihilate hate. We discussed the tools that can be used to fight bigotry in our communities and I also highlighted her academic success since this week marks Engineers Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

It is an honor to represent young leaders like Michi in Congress who go above and beyond to create a better future.

You can listen to our interview here.

 

Celebrating Another Class of Service Academy Nominees!

 

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On Tuesday, I met and congratulated some of the service academy nominees from my district. These young students underwent a competitive selection process that included thorough interviews with members of my academy nominations board. It is my honor and privilege to celebrate some of the brightest and most promising San Diegans as they prepare for their future in the armed forces!

 

Coming Together to Learn More About Rare Diseases

 

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Earlier today, I delivered remarks at an event on rare diseases by Sanford Burnham Prebys and Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) CARE. The program brought together medical professionals and families to share knowledge and experiences of patients living with rare diseases. I spoke about my support for funding for National Institutes of Health, the Ending the Diagnostic Odyssey Act. I was also thrilled to announce that my office partnered with ADCY5, a nonprofit organization, and Chair Nathan Fletcher to have the County Administration Building light up in pink, green, blue, and purple for “Rare Disease Day” next Monday for the first time!

 


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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Feb 25, 2022

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February 18, 2022

Dear friend,

With the Senate passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government last night, we averted a government shutdown. A government shutdown has catastrophic results for Americans, and although I am relieved we did not reach that point, we need debt limit reform to avoid unnecessary fiscal uncertainty in the future. Read below for more details on a bipartisan proposal that could help fix this recurring problem.

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

 


Legislative Work

Biden Administration Implements USEIT Act to Boost U.S. Clean Manufacturing

 

On Tuesday, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions across agencies to support American leadership on clean manufacturing. As part of the Administration’s announcement, the Council on Environmental Quality issued guidance to implement a bipartisan bill I introduced in 2019, the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USEIT) Act. The USEIT Act became law through a 2020 funding package to incentivize the research and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) technologies.

The new guidance provides federal agencies with a framework to guide CCUS deployment in a manner that is environmentally sound and cuts cumulative pollution in nearby communities. CCUS technologies remove and store carbon pollution already released into the atmosphere. 

Read more about this implementation here. 

 

Weighing Whether Congress Should Abolish the Debt Limit

 

On Wednesday, I participated in a House Budget Committee hearing on the debt limit. I shared my thoughts on the need to eliminate or at least reform the debt limit, and spoke about my bill with Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19), the Responsible Budgeting Act. This bipartisan bill proposes two options for Congress to address the debt limit. I asked the witnesses whether this policy proposal would lead to a more productive conversation about controlling federal debt and if it would help end uncertainty.

 


My Work in San Diego

 

YMCA San Diego's Role in Providing Child Care and Housing

 

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On Thursday, I visited the T. Claude and Gladys B. Ryan Family YMCA as part of the organization's advocacy days. I met CEO Todd Tibbits along with other YMCA staff and discussed the YMCA's priorities for 2022. We also spoke about the organization's work in providing childcare and how the Housing Our Youth program helps unsheltered communities.

 

Valentines for Vets

 

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I enjoyed spending Valentine’s Day with a group of local veterans in Downtown San Diego on Monday! Thank you to everyone who mailed or dropped off a special letter for our Valentines for Vets initiative. I had a chance to read a few of them out loud and share the love we have for our veterans!

 

Otay Mesa East Development Summit

 

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Photo courtesy: Ambassador Ken Salazar

Also on Monday, I attended a summit to discuss the development of a new port of entry in our region: Otay Mesa East. Over 50 local, state and federal representatives from Mexico and the U.S. attended, including U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar, CA Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, and Baja California Governor Marina del Pilar Ávila, among others.

The State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project is a joint venture between SANDAG and Caltrans, in collaboration with state and federal partners on both sides of the border, to create a modern border crossing for our region that will fuel economic growth and binational trade. Supporting the investments for this project in Congress will help deliver a new border wait time detection system and other technologies to reduce congestion and strengthen our security. This is just another chapter in our thriving binational region!

 


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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Feb 18, 2022

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February 11, 2022

Dear friend,

This week was another busy week in Washington, D.C. We voted to keep the government running and to end forced arbitration for sexual harassment and assault survivors. 

Back in San Diego, I want to thank all those who mailed and dropped off cards for the Valentines for Vets program. Next Monday, my staff and I will distribute them in a San Diego housing complex that supports our local veteran population. We appreciate your special cards for our veterans!

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

 


Spreading the Word About the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

 

Port Improvements Could Help Ease Supply Chain Challenges and Reduce Pollution

 

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Earlier today, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) and I joined Chairman Dan Malcolm, San Diego Board of Port Commissioners and National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis to share how Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds will help our port reduce pollution and bolster its ability to move goods. As a former port commission chairman, I understand how critical the port is to our regional economy as well as the necessary measures to improve air quality for nearby communities. We discussed the port's intention to apply for funds to build new shore power plugs to allow ships to turn off diesel generators and instead use clean electricity to power their operations when they are docked at the Port’s marine terminals. I'm thrilled to see how local, state, and federal partners continue working hard to deliver for San Diego's infrastructure. Learn more about our event here.

 


My Work in Washington, D.C.

 

Hearing on Algae as an Alternative Fuel 

 

On Tuesday, I led a briefing for the Congressional Algae Caucus to discuss algae as an alternative fuel. Algae can be a feedstock for many different products and algae-based fuels could reduce carbon emissions in sectors such as aviation, marine shipping, and commercial trucking. 

I co-founded the Congressional Algae Caucus in 2013 to provide a forum for Members of Congress and their staff to learn about and interact with the growing algae industry. During this hearing, Reps. LaHood, Kilmer, and Biggs and I spoke with Oliver Fetzer, the CEO of San Diego-based Viridos. We discussed the company’s efforts to scale low-carbon intensity biofuels using algae and whether the U.S. has a competitive advantage in this field, among other topics.

 

Moving Forward With Efforts to Clean Up the Tijuana River Valley

 

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On Wednesday, I met with María Elena Giner, Commissioner of the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC). We discussed IBWC's preparations to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to address the decades-old transboundary water pollution in the Tijuana River Valley which was announced in November. We also spoke about the Mexican government's agreements to coordinate infrastructure investments and recent wastewater flows in a canyon collector near the Tijuana River known as Stewart’s Drain. This was the second time I have had the pleasure of meeting with Maria and thank her for her dedication to help solve this crisis once and for all.

 

Discussing Postal Service Reform

 

Last Friday, I met with members of the California State and National Association of Letter Carriers. We discussed the importance of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 and how it will help ensure the long-term health of the Postal Service and its workforce. We depend so much on our letter carriers around the country for our mail, and it was great to hear from the members directly about their needs.

 


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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Feb 11, 2022

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February 4, 2022

Dear friend,

If you missed my newsletter this week, my office is participating in the Valentines for Veterans program to show our veterans how much we appreciate them. If you would like to help make this Valentine's Day special for someone who served, you can write a letter and drop it off or mail it to 4350 Executive Dr. Suite 105, San Diego CA 92121 by Friday, February 11!

We'll be delivering these special letters to a veterans housing complex in San Diego that supports our local veteran population.

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

 


My Legislative Work in Washington, D.C.

 

Voting to Bolster American Competitiveness and Innovation

 

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I joined my fellow New Democrat Coalition Leadership Members during a press conference to call for swift Congressional action on the America COMPETES Act. (February 4, 2022)

 

Earlier today, I supported the House passage of the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (America COMPETES) Act. This comprehensive package will make transformational new investments in research, innovation and American manufacturing and accelerate U.S. production of critical semiconductor chips, strengthen supply chains to make more goods in America, turbocharge our research capacity to lead the technologies of the future, and advance our global competitiveness.

The package also includes an amendment I offered with Rep. Kathy Manning (NC-06) to help the United States—and San Diego—further retain top STEM talent from around the world after they graduate with a Master’s degree in related fields.

Before the America COMPETES Act can advance, the House will need to conference with the Senate to resolve differences between the House bill and a Senate version known as United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA).

Read more about this bill here.

 

A Victory for Seniors!

 

Seniors are at greater risk for serious illness from a COVID-19 infection. Frequent testing, including at-home tests, are crucial to stopping the spread of new variants. That's why last month, my colleague Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (NJ-09) and I urged the Biden Administration to provide full reimbursement to Medicare recipients who purchase at-home COVID-19 tests.

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that seniors under Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans will be able to get at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at no cost starting in early spring.

 


A New Church for San Diego's Armenian Community

 

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Last weekend, I attended the consecration of a new Armenian church in San Diego, the St. John Garabed Armenian Church. From my time on the City Council and as a port commissioner, I have always supported religious freedom which is why I led efforts during the permitting process to approve the construction of this church. It was an honor to be recognized at this event and to speak to leaders and members of San Diego's Armenian community. 

 


Stressing the Importance of Leveraging Public Dollars for Private Clean Energy Investments

 

On Thursday, I participated in a House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition meeting with Department of Energy Loan Programs Office (LPO) Director Jigar Shah as our guest. The LPO plays a critical role in ensuring the development of next generation clean technologies. During the meeting, I discussed my successful efforts to include $40 billion in additional support for the LPO in the House version of the Build Back Better Act. The previously passed Energy Act of 2020 and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also made reforms to improve LPO's ability to make loans. Director Shah spoke about LPO's plans to utilize its existing authority to advance our clean energy goals and how the Build Back Better Act provisions could further accelerate progress.

 


Understanding the Needs of Naval Special Warfare Command

 

Rear Admiral Howard

 

On Wednesday, I met with Rear Adm. Howard, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. We discussed several issues including servicemember housing in San Diego, Tijuana transboundary sewage, and how the Naval Special Warfare Community is preparing for competition with peer competitors from around the world.

 


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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Feb 4, 2022

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January 31, 2022

Dear friend,

Valentine's Day is an opportunity to show loved ones how much you appreciate them -- including our veterans.

If you would like to help make this Valentine's Day special for someone who served, you can write a letter and participate in our Valentines for Veterans initiative! Then, drop off or mail a letter to 4350 Executive Dr. Suite 105, San Diego CA 92121 by Friday, February 11!

We'll be delivering these special letters to a veterans housing complex in San Diego that supports our local veteran population.

 

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If you have any questions, please call my office at 455-5550. My staff is always ready to help the people I represent.

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January 28, 2022

Dear friend,

Since launching the portal to ship COVID-19 tests to American households, federal officials have updated the Covidtests.gov website to answer frequently asked questions.

Those without access to high-speed internet can now place orders by phone by calling 1-800-232-0233. The phone line will offer services in English, Spanish and 150 other languages. Orders can be placed from 8 a.m. to midnight EST seven days a week.

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

 


Casework Success Story

In response to the recent terrorist attack on a synagogue in Texas, a local congregation has been looking to fund measures that would further protect their congregants. They contacted our office for help when they found a discrepancy in their information filed with the IRS and the California Secretary of State. This discrepancy blocked the congregation's access to a non-profit security grant dedicated to upgrading safety measures. Our team gathered various documents from congregation staff and submitted them to the IRS with a request to expedite the information update. Four days after we submitted the request, the IRS corrected the congregation's information in their system. As a result, the congregation can now move forward with their safety upgrades.

More ARP Funds for Rent Relief Program

Earlier this month, the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) announced that it received $8.3 million in funds reallocated from other jurisdictions across the country to the City of San Diego for the COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program. These funds were authorized last year through the American Rescue Plan Act. As of January 18, 2022, SDHC has made payments totaling more than $152.8 million through the COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program to help 14,813 qualifying households. The City of San Diego received the third-highest award in the country among local jurisdictions that were awarded reallocated funds.

 


Spreading the Word About

the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

 

Discussing Electric Vehicle Provisions for San Diego's Clean Energy Future 

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On Monday, Mayor Todd Gloria, County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, Councilmember Marni von Wilpert, and Jeremy Abrams, Business Manager of IBEW 569, joined me to explain how funding for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law would invest in San Diego’s clean energy future, and will help California meet its zero-emission vehicle goals by 2035. Here in San Diego, we are fortunate that our local leadership has already developed policies to make our city more walkable and transit-friendly and increase access to electric charging stations, which are badly needed as drivers transition away from gas-powered vehicles. This landmark bill will work hand-in-hand with these existing plans. 

Click here to watch our press conference.

 

Black American Political Association of California Panel

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This past weekend, I participated in a panel hosted by the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) to discuss upcoming funding opportunities in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Historic investments in this bill are meant to improve Americans' quality of life, fix roads our roads and bridges, while addressing many inequities that hurt Black and Brown communities in the U.S. An example of this effort is the White House's accelerated plan to remediate lead paint and replace all lead pipes in the next decade. I encourage members of the community to speak up about how they want federal spending prioritized and look forward to working with the African American community to ensure funds are devoted to the areas where the needs are greatest.

 


Head Start Education and COVID-19 Challenges for Students

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On Wednesday, I met with the Neighborhood House Association to discuss the Head Start program. The association provided updates on how COVID-19 continues to hinder their operations as they deal with staff shortages and outbreaks. Association members also spoke about how the Build Back Better Act, which already passed the House, would help millions of families by making critical investments in universal Pre-K and affordable, high-quality child care.

 


Exploring Non-Lethal Alternatives for Law Enforcement

On Tuesday, I met with leaders of “Alternative Ballistics" in Poway to learn more about their new designs of impact munition available to the law enforcement community. Their product can potentially change the way that less-lethal impact munitions are regarded, utilized and deployed in law enforcement agencies.


 

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January 21, 2022

Dear friend,

Thursday marked two years since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the U.S.

Since then, we have accomplished so much to keep everyone safe. Our nation's work to develop vaccines and therapies should be a source of pride for all of us. Our progress is also the result of the endless dedication of health care and frontline workers, and scientists who have kept our country running through the ups and downs of the pandemic.

We are close to coming out on the other side of this crisis. Now, those who are unvaccinated are standing in the way. Vaccinations and boosters exponentially decrease the chance of hospitalization and will keep you and your loved ones from falling severely ill. 

These tools are safe, effective, and the key to returning to normalcy.  

There is no excuse for hospitals to be crowded with COVID-19 patients as others await their own medical attention. Schools must remain open to ensure our youngest generations can continue to learn and socialize. Workers should be able to get back to their workplaces safely so businesses can get up and running again. These are just some of the reasons why I support vaccine mandates.

We have the tools we need to finally and fully emerge from this pandemic. We should use them to overcome COVID-19 and its devastating effects.

Find a COVID-19 vaccination/booster site near youget free at-home COVID tests, and keep an eye out for upcoming information about where you can get free N95 masks from the government.

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

 


Legislation

 

National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act of 2022

 

As we work to combat the climate crisis, we must prepare our communities for unavoidable weather events caused by climate change. To achieve this goal, I introduced the National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act (NCARS) this week, along with Rep. María Salazar (R-FL-27) and Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The bipartisan and bicameral bill streamlines the federal response to climate hazards that threaten human health, safety, and critical infrastructure.

Increasingly severe weather caused by climate change requires greater investments for communities to keep up and rebuild. In 2021 alone, damages from extreme weather in the U.S. exceeded $145B, compared to just $28.6B during my first year in Congress in 2013. Here in San Diego and other coastal communities, residents face future displacement and economic disruption from the overlooked threat of sea level rise. 

Read more about this landmark climate legislation here.

 

Calling for COVID-19 Tests Reimbursement for Seniors

 

As we continue working to put COVID-19 to rest, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (NJ-09) and I are calling on the Biden administration to provide full reimbursement to Medicare recipients who purchase at-home COVID-19 tests. In a letter sent earlier this month, we urged that beneficiaries should have continued access to at-home COVID-19 testing and their providers should be involved in the ordering of tests and made aware of test results. 

Recently, the Biden administration required commercial insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID tests. Broad access to diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is needed to effectively identify and mitigate the spread of this virus. Without comparable benefits available through the Medicare program, nearly 20 percent of the population would be made to pay out-of-pocket for COVID-19 tests.

 

Committee Hearings on Securing Energy Infrastructure and Blockchains

 

Rep. Peters participates in Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on blockchains and cryptocurrency.

 

On Wednesday and Thursday, I participated in two Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on energy infrastructure and blockchains. On energy infrastructure, I asked Chairman Richard Glick from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the reliability benefits the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has provided to the Bulk-Power System, and also asked how the Building a Better Grid initiative will improve electric reliability.

During Thursday's hearing, we talked about how blockchain technology and cryptocurrency are very promising, but can consume enormous amounts of energy. I asked the expert witnesses about the state of innovation in computing efficiency to reduce energy consumption so we can stay on track to achieve our climate goals.

 


ICYMI: A Recap of Federal Assistance for Shuttered Venues

 

This month, I shared results of my work for the people of California’s 52nd district and celebrated funds secured during 2021 to help struggling San Diego businesses. Over $92 million were delivered to 63 organizations in my district via the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant program, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act which the President signed into law in March 2021. The Shuttered Venues Operators Grant program provided much-needed relief for eligible industries to support thousands of jobs and hard work, as well as the beating heart of San Diego’s art and music culture.

Learn how these funds made a difference for struggling venue operators in a recent NBC 7 news story here.

 


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

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Jan 21, 2022

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