Since 2013

$7,327,908 DOLLARS RETURNED TO SAN DIEGANS

Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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GRANTS NEWSLETTER

What's Inside

NEARLY $1 BILLION IN GRANTS TO BE AWARDED IN EDUCATION, ENERGY, HEALTH, AND MORE

education

$130,000,000+
IN EDUCATION

science

$248,000,000+
IN SCIENCE

justice

$4,600,000+
IN JUSTICE

June 2021 Grants Update

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This newsletter is a summary of federal funding announcements to make constituents of California's 52nd Congressional District aware of funding opportunities through our nation's federal grant-making agencies.

If you would like to learn more about how to apply for these federal grants, please visit the Grants section of Rep. Peters' website where you will find public and private sources of funding, and learn how to improve your grant application.

To learn more about federal grant opportunities, inquire about pending grant applications, or receive assistance with grants you have already received, please contact Jessica Brown at jessica.brown@mail.house.gov. If you would like to sign up for Congressman Peters' general e-Newsletter, which includes updates on our work in Washington, D.C. and San Diego, click here.


Dear friend, 

For the past few weeks, San Diego’s COVID-19 positivity rate has stayed below 2 percent, and approximately 1.4 million San Diegans are fully vaccinated. As we move toward fully reopening the economy on June 15, I am pleased to share grant application opportunities available for local organizations and businesses.

San Diego is home to innovators, hard workers, and creative small business owners who create jobs and grow our economy. In Congress, I am working to expand opportunities for San Diego’s workers and entrepreneurs—in part by leading Democrats and Republicans in an effort to invest more in scientific research through the National Institutes of Health and to increase investment in new renewable energy technology. This research is vital to developing cutting edge treatments and cures, and to increase America’s ability to compete in a global economy. These investments will also help support our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

My support for the American Rescue Plan is providing much-needed relief to Americans and funding for many grants. Please consider my office a resource in the grant application process. We look forward to helping you.

Sincerely,

Scott Peters

Recent Federal Funding Awarded in the 52nd Congressional District

  • UCSD: $1,114,819 (Mental Health Research Grants)
  • St. Vincent De Paul Village, Inc.: $1,180,331 (Health Center Cluster)
  • Veterans Medical Research Foundation: $732,909 (Kidney Medical Research)
  • La Jolla Institute for Immunology: $922,142 (HIV Research)
  • SAY San Diego: $999,999 (San Diego Dads Corps)

Before you apply

Since not all federal grant-making agencies list grant opportunities each month, you are encouraged to visit www.grants.gov to find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities. In addition, users may sign up for email updates to receive new grant postings as soon as they become available. Before you apply for a grant you must complete the registration process.

Early registration is encouraged since this process can take anywhere from three business days to four weeks. Please refer to the Applicant FAQ page for additional resources. Please be aware that registering with the System for Award Management (SAM) is free of charge-- there is no fee for you to register or to renew or update your organization's information.

Our office can provide a letter of support to assist your applications for federal grants and can work with the granting entity to answer any questions. If you are unsuccessful in securing a grant, our office may also obtain information from the granting agency that may increase the likelihood of future success.


Agriculture

Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Classic Program for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2021
Discretionary Grant
Closing Date for Applications: July 19, 2021
Expected Number of Awards: 25
Estimated Program Funding: $1,000,000
CFDA Number: 10.912 -- Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Find out more


Health

Local Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Access  
Discretionary Grant
Closing Date for Applications: June 9, 2021
Expected Number of Awards: 121
Estimated Program Funding: $121,000,000
CFDA Number: 93.011 -- National Organizations of State and Local Officials


Energy

Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2021

Grant Closing Date for Applications: July 16, 2021 81.117 -- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Information Dissemination, Outreach, Training and Technical Analysis/Assistance

Find out more

 

Defense

DOD Lung Cancer, Idea Development Award
Cooperative Agreement Grant
Closing Date for Applications: August 27, 2021
Expected Number of Awards: 11
Estimated Program Funding: $6,200,000
CFDA Number: 12.420 – Military Medical Research and Development


Education

Launching Future Leaders in Global Health (LAUNCH) Research Training Program (D43 Clinical Trial Optional)

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health Closing Date for Applications: August 20, 2021

CFDA Number: 84.425 – Education Stabilization Fund

93.242 -- Mental Health Research Grants

93.313 -- NIH Office of Research on Women's Health 93.398 -- Cancer Research Manpower

93.847 -- Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases Extramural Research

93.853 -- Extramural Research Programs in the Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders

93.989 -- International Research and Research Training

Find out more


Arts

NEA Grants for Arts Projects 2, FY2022 Closing Date for Applications: July 8, 2021 Award Ceiling: $150,000; Award Floor: $10,000

CFDA Number: 45.024 – Promotion of the Arts Grants to Organizations and Individuals

Jun 1, 2021

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May 28, 2021

Dear friend,

This weekend we pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Memorial Day is a day of reflection and a special time to honor the families and communities fallen servicemembers left behind. It's an honor to represent you and the memory of your loved ones in Congress.

As we anticipate gatherings this holiday weekend, I'm encouraged by the rate of COVID-19 vaccines that have made this possible. Over 165,000,000 Americans, or half the population, have received at least one dose. This moves us closer to the lives we all had before the pandemic hit. Let's keep headed in the right direction!

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

Esther and her daughter from Serra Mesa contacted my office in March to request assistance with obtaining her 2019 tax refund. Due to her age and deteriorating health, Esther's family was worried she was not going to receive the refund to which she's entitled. My staff worked closely with Esther and her daughter to follow up with the Internal Revenue Service on the release of funds. After my staff contacted the liaison and made sure the IRS had all the correct information. Esther received a check for $4228.80 last week.


Legislative Work

Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Hearing: “A Shot at Normalcy: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence”

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On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on increasing confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine. Experts from Yale Institute for Global Health, Trust for America's Health, Vaccinate Your Family, and the Virginia Department of Health served as witnesses. They discussed misinformation on social media, bipartisan support of vaccines, and the effectiveness of incentive programs to boost vaccination campaigns. Actor Nick Offerman also spoke during this hearing to urge Americans to trust the science behind the vaccine.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Common Grounds Event

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On Thursday, I joined my colleague Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for an in-depth conversation about energy and climate policy.

We talked about the importance of bipartisanship, where our legislative priorities overlap, and the initiatives we support to protect the environment and enhance our country's energy systems.


District Work

World Trade Month Roundtable

On Monday, I hosted a roundtable to mark World Trade Month. A panel of leaders from the Port of San Diego, World Trade Center San Diego, U.S. Commercial Service, and the Export Import Bank of the United States joined me to discuss the role of trade in the San Diego economy. They also explained how the organizations they represent can help small businesses expand trade operations. As our local economy recovers from COVID-19, we learned that our cross-border region will keep drawing investments to San Diego and that there are many opportunities for continued growth. If you missed this event, you can watch it here.


Senior Scam Stopper Seminar

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This seminar on Tuesday helped inform the people I represent about prevalent scams targeting seniors, including scams related to COVID-19. The speakers from the California Contractors State License Board, California Department of Insurance, and California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation explained how these scammers operate and how to protect yourself from fraud. Among their helpful tips, they recommend the following:

- Be skeptical 

- Be cautious with technology 

- Do not disclose your personal information to unsolicited callers 

- The more knowledge you have, the less likely you are to fall victim to scammers

If you missed this important event, you can watch it here.


Congressional Art Competition Virtual Reception

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On Monday, I announced the winner of this year's Congressional Art Competition during a virtual version of this yearly event. Sarah Dong's painting titled "Reaching Out" will be sent to Washington, D.C. and displayed in the Capitol for one year. Sarah is a junior at Westview High School and a very talented artist as well!

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Thank you to the students, parents, teachers and members from the Congressional Art Competition Judging board who participated and attended our virtual reception.


Tour of PedWest Facility at San Ysidro Port of Entry

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On Thursday, I visited San Ysidro Port of Entry's PedWest facility for a briefing on the unwinding of the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the "Remain in Mexico" program. My staff and I observed how 36 asylum seekers moved through this process, which included a medical screening from UCSD Health and legal assistance from Jewish Family Services after passing through Customs and Border Patrol security.

We also viewed a vaccination site for Mexican employees who work at American-owned maquiladoras in Tijuana that was recently set up at the PedWest facilities. I learned how the consulates on both sides of the border and local authorities worked together to carry out this operation.


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:

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?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: This week, the House passed a bill that appropriates nearly $1.9B in emergency funding to reimburse expenses following the events of January 6, and to further secure the United States Capitol. Do you believe this funding is necessary?

Here are the results:

297 Responses: 41.2% Yes, the events of Jan. 6 shed light on major security weaknesses that need to be fixed. 25.3% I support more security at the Capitol, but this amount is too high. 25% No, I don't believe Congress needed these funds for more security. 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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May 28, 2021

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May 21, 2021

Dear friend,

For the past few weeks, the average percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in San Diego County has been less than two percent. In addition, around 1.4 million people are already fully vaccinated in San Diego. These numbers point to the possibility of a 'normal' summer as California's economy plans to fully reopen on June 15. Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and those around you safe!

Anyone over the age of 12 can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to view vaccination locations throughout the county and schedules.

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.


Legislative Work

Votes This Week

  • The bicameral, bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act requires the Attorney General to designate an individual to facilitate the expedited review of reported hate crimes since the beginning of the pandemic. It also authorizes grants to state and local governments to conduct crime-reduction programs to prevent and respond to hate crimes. President Biden signed this bill into law yesterday.
  • H.R. 3233, the bill establishing a commission to investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex, passed the House on Wednesday. This commission must investigate relevant facts and circumstances relating to the attack on the Capitol; review and evaluate causes of and lessons learned from this attack; and submit reports containing findings and recommendations to improve the security posture of the U.S. Capitol Complex.
  • Several bills to support our veterans and enhance the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also passed the House this week. These bills address transparency related to the use of emergency relief funding, prioritize homeless veterans with dependent children for relevant grant programs, and pause the 10 or 15-year GI Bill benefit time limit during times of national emergency. Read more about these bills here.

Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing: "The Fiscal Year 2022 Department of Energy Budget"

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On Wednesday, I questioned Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing about the Department of Energy’s clean energy goals as outlined in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. During my remarks, I emphasized how a carbon price would complement the plan, including its proposed Clean Energy Standard.

In her first appearance in front of the committee of jurisdiction, Sec. Granholm confirmed that carbon pricing is one of many tools to address carbon emissions. Carbon pricing has garnered broad support from leaders, experts and organizations, including endorsements from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the American Petroleum Institute.

I also discussed the POWER ON Act as a means to expand and upgrade our long-distance high-voltage transmission systems to help deliver zero-emission electricity from rural areas where renewables are primarily generated. Watch our full exchange here.


Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Executive Committee Meeting

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On Tuesday, I spoke to the Executive Committee of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. I discussed the role federal government can play to reimagine the Downtown experiences and landscape, including ongoing projects such as the new Navy Region Southwest Broadway Complex and proposals for the revitalization of the Naval Information Warfare System Command (NAVWAR) facilities on the Old Town Campus at Naval Base Point Loma.


Visit to Arlington National Cemetery

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This week, I visited Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day along with other Members of Congress. We visited the grave site of the longest-surviving American service member who served in World War I, Corporal Frank Buckles, to lay a wreath there in memory of all fallen servicemembers.


2021 Congressional Art Competition

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As a longtime supporter of the arts, I look forward to seeing the pieces of art that are submitted every year for the Congressional Art Competition. This year's fan favorite (see above) is titled 'A new spring' by Laos. While the winner's submission is displayed in the Capitol, the fan favorite, which was decided by the number of 'likes' on Facebook, is displayed in our district office. We'll announce the winning submission chosen by a board of local art leaders next week!


Participate in our Weekly Poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

This week, the House passed a bill that appropriates nearly $1.9B in emergency funding to reimburse expenses following the events of January 6, and to further secure the United States Capitol. Do you believe this funding is necessary?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: "Yesterday, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated Americans can now gather with others without masks indoors and outdoors, even if some in their group are not vaccinated. Do you feel safe following this guidance from this point forward if you're fully vaccinated?"

Here are the results:

356 Responses: 36.8% No, I still believe it's good practice to continue using masks in general. 35.4% Yes, I trust these guidelines and welcome the opportunity to stop using masks. 9% Unsure 1.4% I’m not fully vaccinated so I’ll continue using masks.17.4% 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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May 21, 2021

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May 20, 2021

 

Dear friend,

Next week, my office will host two virtual events to inform the people I represent about trade and the San Diego economy, and COVID-19-related scams targeting seniors.

On Monday, to mark May as World Trade Month, local experts will share how trade grows our local economy and how trade businesses are handling the fallout due to COVID-19. Joe Stuyvesant from Port of San Diego, Nikia Clarke from World Trade Center San Diego, Matt Anderson from U.S. Commercial Service, and Paul Duncan from Export Import Bank of the United States will join as panelists.

On Tuesday, we will discuss how seniors and their loved ones can identify scams and the steps they can take to protect their personal information. I will be joined by Kevin Durawa from the California Contractors State License Board, Sally Kim Westlake from the California Department of Insurance, and Jackie Wiley from the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.

See times and event details below.


World Trade Month Roundtable

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Date: Monday, May 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 A.M. to 10:15 A.M. (PST)
Location: Virtual via Zoom - Click here to register

Senior Scam Stopper Seminar

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Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time: 3:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. (PST)
Location: Virtual via Zoom - Click here to register


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.

Stay safe and be well,

May 20, 2021

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May 14, 2021

Dear friend,

As we gradually resume our normal lives, prioritizing our mental health is critical. This Mental Health Awareness Month, please know there are many resources to help you and your loved ones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer information on mental health and crisis, healthy ways to cope with stress, and how to help others cope. You can access this information here.

San Diego County's vaccination efforts are now extended to children ages 12 through 15. Those in that age group are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Parental consent is required prior to vaccination for anyone under the age of 18. Click here for more details.

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

Amy from Rancho Peñasquitos contacted the office in early March regarding an issue she was having with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA.) She's a permanent resident of the United States, but is also entitled to Canada Old Age benefits. The Canadian government required a record of her Social Security earnings as part of her application process and confirmed it had not received a response from the SSA in months. Our office sent an inquiry to the SSA Office of International Operations (OIO). By the end of March, the SSA OIO confirmed that the earnings records had been mailed to the Canadian Liaison office. A few days later, Amy informed my staff that she had received a letter of approval from Canada Service.

I just wanted to thank your office and especially your District Director who promptly attended to my frustrating issue with the SSA Administration and International Operations. With his assistance, the matter was resolved successfully in less than 3 weeks which also involved Canada Service with my Old Age Pension. I greatly appreciate your help.”

- Amy from Rancho Peñasquitos


Legislative Work

STAND UP Act

This week, the House approved the bipartisan Suicide and Threat Assessment Nationally Dedicated to Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act to encourage schools to implement suicide prevention training for students. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and I introduced the bill which applies to grades 6 through 12. It would require states, schools, and Tribes to implement commonsense, evidence-based policies to prevent suicides to receive Project AWARE grants, which boost youth mental health awareness among schools and communities.

A return to the classroom means that we must prepare schools to meet their students’ growing mental health needs. The STANDUP Act takes a proactive, evidence-based approach by equipping students and educators with the skills they need to identify, intervene, and get help for those at risk of harming themselves or others.

Joint Economic Committee hearing: "Examining the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States"

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During this hearing on Wednesday, I asked Mehrsa Baradaran, Professor of Law at UC Irvine's School of Law, about the success of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans set aside for minority groups and underserved businesses. I also posed a question about the importance of home ownership as a way to create generational wealth. Click here to watch this full exchange.


California Retired Teachers Association Annual Convention

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Earlier today, I attended the California Retired Association's Annual Convention and received the "‘Friends of CalRTA" award. I thanked the organization for its partnership during my time in Congress and its tireless advocacy on behalf of retired teachers across California.


District Work

Commissioning of USS Miguel Keith

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Last Saturday, I delivered the welcoming address at the commissioning ceremony for USS Miguel Keith at Naval Air Station North Island. USS Miguel Keith was built by San Diego’s own General Dynamics NASSCO and bears the name of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Miguel Keith who was killed in action while defending his platoon in Vietnam. We wish USS Miguel Keith, and all who sail upon her in service to our great nation, Fair Winds and Following Seas.


Honor Flight San Diego Seeks Veterans

Honor Flight San Diego, a non-profit dedicated to escorting San Diego County veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to their service, is seeking WWII and Korean War veterans to go on their Honor Flight. The next flight departs from San Diego and is scheduled for October. Veterans pay no costs for this three-day trip. For more information, click here.


Participate in our Weekly Poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

Yesterday, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated Americans can now gather with others without masks indoors and outdoors, even if some in their group are not vaccinated. Do you feel safe following this guidance from this point forward if you're fully vaccinated?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: "President Biden continues to lay out plans for comprehensive legislation like the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan. How important of a role do you think bipartisanship and compromise in Congress should play to move these plans forward?"

Here are the results:

317 Responses: 22.7% Very important; passing big legislation should require the support of everyone. 34.4% Not all that important; passing big legislation needs to get done, with or without the support of both parties. 1.3% Not important; parties should not compromise.24.9% Bipartisanship is always important, whether or not big legislation is on the table. 16.7% Other


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May 14, 2021

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May 7, 2021

Dear friend,

San Diego is well on its way to recovery as over 3,000,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the County. If your work schedule has gotten in the way of getting your vaccine, three County vaccination sites are now open during night hours. There are extended appointment windows for all sites, and plans for more pop-up and drop-in clinics are in the works. You can find more information here.

During this pandemic, certain figures in our society have made a lasting impact on our lives – such as teachers. Their jobs have never been more difficult than they are now. During teacher appreciation week, I hope you take the time to thank our teachers for their service and dedication to educating students of all ages.

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

Cezar from Point Loma is a Navy veteran who contacted my office to correct his leave balance after he switched Navy civil service positions. He had been trying to correct this issue himself for over a year. After my staff opened an inquiry and contacted the Defense Finance Accounting Service, the amount was corrected. Three weeks later, Cezar received $2806.48 in back pay.

"(Rep. Peters' staff member) did an OUTSTANDING job in helping me resolve my case when I sent the letter. She responded quickly and updated me on the steps that were taken by the office. I was amazed when I got the check in the mail and the letter on the same day...Thanks to (staff member) and her hard work and willingness to help people."

- Cezar from Point Loma


District Work

"Back to Work SD" Event

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On Tuesday, I joined Mayor Todd Gloria in Kearny Mesa to discuss how the American Rescue Plan is helping small businesses in San Diego. I met Lana, the owner of the Queen Bee Dance Studio on Convoy Street, and learned how her business thrived before the pandemic. Small businesses like Lana's account for about 59% of San Diego's workforce and serve as the backbone of our regional economy.

I will continue supporting the vital partnership between local and federal government to help San Diego roar back after this pandemic.

Virtual Town Hall: "State of the AAPI Community"

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On Thursday, I joined the Asian Pacific American Coalition for a town hall on the state of the AAPI community. Other attendees included community leaders and elected officials including Supervisor Terra-Lawson Remer, District Attorney Summer Stephan, Mayor Todd Gloria, and Councilmember Chris Cate.

As a proud member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I spoke about the AAPI community's contributions to the 52nd district, the horrible hate crimes against Asian Americans, and my support of Rep. Grace Meng’s (NY-6) COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act.

I continue celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and hope to see everyone again in person in the near future.

“Toast to Tourism” for National Travel and Tourism Week

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Also on Thursday, I joined the San Diego Tourism Authority for a virtual celebration of Travel and Tourism Week. As a major travel destination and the 7th largest city in the country, the loss of tourists in San Diego due to COVID-19 hurt a major economic engine in our region. Around 70,000 tourism and hospitality workers lost their jobs at the peak of the pandemic, and visitor spending fell from $11.6 billion in 2019 to $5.2 billion in 2020.

I discussed my support for projects that further bolster our reputation as an international destination, and the road to recovery for San Diego and its hospitality industry. Thank you to the San Diego Tourism Authority for its hard work to uplift our businesses in the face of such adversity.


Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program Update

This week, the application portal for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) opened for eligible businesses. Established through the American Rescue Plan, the $28.6 billion program is providing aid to restaurants, bars, food trucks, and other food and drink establishments. The White House released data on the program's progress and found that in the first two days:

  • 186,200 restaurants, bars, and other eligible businesses in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and five U.S. Territories applied for relief, and
  • 61,700 applications came from businesses with under $500,000 in annual pre-pandemic revenue, representing some of the smallest restaurants and bars in the country.

While all small businesses are welcome to apply, the Small Business Administration will prioritize funding applications from small businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals for the first 21 days of the program. After the 21 days, all eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.


FYI: Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program & Service Academy Nominations

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for a new GI Bill program designed to train veterans for high-demand jobs. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program offers education and training to veterans who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for eligibility requirements and more details.

 

Each year, I have the privilege of nominating students to attend our nation's service academies. My office is now accepting applications for this year's Service Academy Nominations. Click here for more information.


Participate in our Weekly Poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

President Biden continues to lay out plans for comprehensive legislation like the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan. How important of a role do you think bipartisanship and compromise in Congress should play to move these plans forward?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: "This week, President Biden delivered his Joint Address to Congress. Did you watch? If so, were you encouraged by the president's message?"

Here are the results:

332 Responses: 52.4% I watched the address and felt optimistic about the direction in which President Biden is leading the country. 25.9% I watched the address and do not agree with President Biden’s leadership so far. 21.7% 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.

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May 7, 2021

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April 30, 2021

Dear friend,

We continue to make strides in the fight against COVID-19. This week, California registered the lowest positivity case rate in the country at 1.2%. This rate is the lowest positivity rate our state has experienced in a year. In addition, San Diego County COVID-19 clinics are now offering vaccines without appointments. To see a full list of sites and schedules, click here. 

There's more good news if you're one of the millions of Americans who has been fully vaccinated. You may reduce the usage of masks when outdoors according to updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to learn more about what you can start doing and what you should keep doing 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.


Legislative work

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing: “The Fiscal Year 2022 EPA Budget”

On Thursday during an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing, I stressed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) critical role in cleaning up the environmental catastrophe in the Tijuana River Valley afflicting San Diego’s coastal communities.

This problem has worsened in recent years, as the river and the nearby canyons have experienced toxic, dangerous spills every single day. This occurrence forces local officials to close beaches and challenges our military training and readiness. During the hearing, I urged Administrator Michael S. Regan from the EPA to take the following actions:

  1. Implement urgent fixes to slow the flows;
  2. Rapidly build a diversion structure through an executive order or fast-tracked through a different process;
  3. Convey a sense of urgency to the Biden Administration about the need for the State Department to engage with Mexico to ensure officials south of the border build necessary infrastructure to stem this flow, and;
  4. To join me and Rep. Juan Vargas, who represents the border area, for a visit to see this crisis in person and witness how these spills hurt our region.

Towards the end of this hearing, I received Administrator Regan's commitment to join Rep. Vargas and me in San Diego to see this public health threat in person.

Click here to watch my full testimony during this hearing.

Introduction of the REPAIR Act

On Thursday, I also helped introduce the bicameral, bipartisan Reinventing Economic Partnerships and Infrastructure Redevelopment (REPAIR) Act to create jobs and build the new 21st century infrastructure America needs to remain competitive.

For years, the federal government has struggled to fund our country’s infrastructure needs. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, the U.S. lags behind twelve nations in overall infrastructure. The REPAIR Act would establish an Infrastructure Financing Authority to complement federal funds through loans and loan guarantees. Proposed projects would undergo rigorous analysis and must show clear public benefit, meet economic, technical and environmental standards and be backed by a dedicated revenue stream.

America’s crumbling roads, bridges, railway, transmission lines, water and broadband systems require significant, long-term investments that go beyond maintenance. To build a prosperous America, we must have functioning, up-to-date infrastructure that meets our 21st century needs. This bill will bring our infrastructure systems up to speed while keeping fiscal sustainability in mind.


Meeting with CEO of Zero8Hundred

On Monday, I met with Rich Wiley, interim CEO of zero8hundred. Zero8hundred is a military transition support project I helped launch in San Diego that works to ease veterans' transition to civilian life. To provide assistance, zero8hundred first matches transitioning personnel with a military-connected counselor to help identify their unique needs and then connects them to resources available to meet those needs in San Diego, Riverside, Imperial or Orange counties.

During this meeting, I reiterated my support for this organization and its mission to support those transitioning into civilian life. Zero8hundred's work continues to lead by example and serves as a national model for helping our veterans and their families.


Meeting with Feeding San Diego

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On Monday, I met with Dan Shea, CEO of Feeding San Diego, and organization staff to discuss continued food rescue operations throughout San Diego County. Thank you to the hard-working volunteers and staff who have supported those who face food insecurity in our region.


Covered California media event

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On Tuesday, I participated in a virtual event to discuss recent changes to the Affordable Care Act created through the passage of the American Rescue Plan. The plan passed by Congress and signed into law is providing $3B to California's economy to help around 2.5 million people including the uninsured and those enrolled directly through health insurance carriers. In San Diego, nearly 200,000 people stand to benefit from the new financial help that is now available.

Click here to sign up for lower-cost health insurance during Covered California's special enrollment period today for coverage starting tomorrow.


Meeting with Director General Louis M. Huang

Earlier today, I met with Director General Louis M. Huang from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles. We discussed the importance of U.S.-Taiwan relations and Taiwan's participation in the 74th World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of the World Health Organization. During my meeting with Director General Huang, I stated my support for Taiwan's participation in this event, given the country's effective COVID-19 response which has been recognized around the world.


Opening of the application portal for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Next Monday at 9 A.M., the application portal for the Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund will open for eligible businesses.  Restaurants, caterers, bars, bakeries, breweries, wineries and distilleries are some of the businesses that qualify to receive this emergency assistance which was made possible by the passage of the American Rescue Plan.

For more information and details on this funding, click here.


Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

This week, President Biden delivered his Joint Address to Congress. Did you watch? If so, were you encouraged by the president's message?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: Do you support the establishment of a national "vaccine passport" to be able to enter certain places and complete certain activities such as travel?

Here are the results:

418 Responses: 56.7% Yes, this would consolidate databases around the country and help keep track of our recovery. 29.2% No, I'm concerned about my medical privacy and/or my choice to get vaccinated or not. 14.1% Other


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April 23, 2021

Dear friend,

All Americans adults across the country are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on sites and appointments in San Diego County, click here. While we still have work to do, I assure you that my colleagues and I in Congress are doing all that we can to deliver relief to support Americans and build a solid path to recovery.

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

Liam from La Jolla is a third-year medical student at UC San Diego who had applied to work at the VA. He hadn't heard back in a year due to COVID-related delays. As Liam approached the end of medical school, he was worried about missing out on the opportunity to help veterans in healthcare.

Liam contacted our office earlier this month and asked for assistance. My staff opened an inquiry on this issue and sent it to the San Diego VA Healthcare System. The VA responded to our inquiry ten days later and notified Liam that he had been accepted for employment.

“Thank you so much for all your help in this regard! I’m super happy with the result and looking forward to getting started working with the VA.”

- Liam from La Jolla


Legislative work

Visit to the White House

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This week, I visited the White House with my fellow members of the New Democrat Coalition leadership team. As the coalition's Vice Chair of Policy, I discussed our top priorities with the Biden Administration and how our investments today in jobs and infrastructure will pave the way toward a better tomorrow.

Introduction of the Methane Emissions Technology to Help Achieve Net-Zero Emissions (METHANE) Act

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This week on Earth Day, I introduced the Methane Emissions Technology to Help Achieve Net-Zero Emissions (METHANE) Act, a long-term, durable solution to curb dangerous methane emissions and put the United States on competitive footing with the rest of the world. 

Methane, a super pollutant more potent and harmful than carbon dioxide, is responsible for about 25 percent of the human-made warming we experience today. The METHANE Act will improve our monitoring, reporting, and verification requirements for methane emissions. It would direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set methane intensity standards for oil and gas facilities with substantial emission levels, allowing each facility owner to determine how to meet the relevant standard.

We can't afford to wait any longer to address climate change. Our health, livelihoods and future depend on it. Click here to read more about the METHANE Act and my other 2021 climate priorities.

House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing: "Generating Equity: Deploying a Just and Clean Energy Future"

On Tuesday, the Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing to discuss how we can improve clean energy access and equity. I asked Subin DeVar, director of the Initiative for Energy Justice, about policies needed to maintain and develop strong energy economies in diverse regions of the country, and about the specific data the federal government should be collecting to improve clean energy access and equity.

Meeting with the California Restaurant Association

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On Thursday, I met with local members of the California Restaurant Association. The attendees own and operate restaurants in the 52nd district. We discussed pressing issues the restaurant industry faces today as well as how they have depended on COVID-19 relief, including the Paycheck Protection Program, as a lifeline. We also spoke about the Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund and what immigration reform can mean for the restaurant business.

Launch of the Construction Procurement Caucus

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Also on Thursday, I helped launch the bipartisan Construction Procurement Caucus. I co-founded the Construction Procurement Caucus last Congress with Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-8) to provide support and information to Members of Congress and their staff about the significant role the federal government plays in construction and design projects.

The federal government is the largest customer in the world and relies heavily on private businesses of all sizes when procuring goods and services. Several major construction projects in my district have required support from the federal government. Construction on military campuses, like the modernization of Coronado’s Navy SEAL facilities and improvements to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, have been critical to our national security. Public transit projects in San Diego, such as the Mid Coast light rail extension, were made possible with a substantial federal construction investment.

As we emerge from the dual public health and economic crises of COVID, investing in our infrastructure will be key for job maintenance and creation. The past year has been difficult, but the opportunity for construction to continue amidst an onslaught of closures is a silver lining. I want to thank to all our essential construction and design workers who have kept building throughout the pandemic.


Update on the reopening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal

After a temporary closure due to technological issues, the Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen tomorrow, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. PST) for operators of live venues and related businesses to apply for critical economic relief.

The SBA made several changes after the portal closed earlier this month, including clarifying requirements, making program documentation more user-friendly and improving application portal security mechanisms.

Click here to access the portal to apply.


NEXT WEEK: Virtual event on Covered California's extended enrollment period

Next week, I will participate in a special virtual event to drive awareness for Covered California's extended enrollment period. This extended period was made possible by the expanded subsidies of the American Rescue Plan Act and allows any eligible individual to sign up for health care coverage through the exchange without needing a qualifying life event. I'll discuss the continued importance of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on individuals in my district.

You can watch the event next Tuesday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. here: http://hbex.coveredca.com/stakeholders/webinar/


Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

As the number of vaccinated Americans continues to grow, there are proposals for a "vaccine passport" for people prove they’re inoculated against COVID-19. Do you support the establishment of a national "vaccine passport" to be able to enter certain places and complete certain activities such as travel?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: Do you support a carbon fee and dividend as part of a national strategy to curb carbon emissions?

Here are the results:

322 Responses: 21.7% Yes 30.4% No 36.6% I support this effort combined with other measures to tackle climate change. 11.3% Other


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April 16, 2021

Dear friend,

If you haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, all Californians over the age of 16 are now eligible to get it. County officials recommend checking in first with your healthcare provider to receive a vaccine. If you can't get one from a provider, the County and its partners are offering vaccinations. Click here to schedule an appointment.

We continue making progress as more than one million San Diego County residents have received at least one vaccine dose. I'm grateful for all of our volunteers and health professionals who are moving this operation forward. Let's honor their work by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and washing our hands frequently.

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.


Legislative work

Reintroduction of the Build More Housing Near Transit Act, Build for Future Disasters Act of 2021 and the TRUST Act

This week, I reintroduced three bills: one to help tackle the country's housing crisis; another to discourage costly development in regions prone to flooding; and a third to prevent the insolvency of trust funds that support critical programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

  • The updated, bipartisan Build More Housing Near Transit Act encourages the construction of low and middle-income housing in transit-served, walkable locations. This bill would maximize federal investment in transit and increase housing options for Americans amid a shortage of affordable and available homes, especially for those who routinely spend more than half of their incomes on rent. This legislation also boosts efforts to protect the environment by getting more cars off the road and growing transit ridership.
    • Click here to watch my remarks on this bill during the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Members' Day hearing.
  • The Build for Future Disasters Act of 2021 would end the costly system of building, flooding and rebuilding perpetuated by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP.) Federal taxpayer money is currently subsidizing the rebuilding of structures in some areas prone to flooding, and this bill would instead encourage regional resiliency planning as we prepare for future climate crisis-induced disasters.
  • The Time to Rescue United States’ Trusts (TRUST) Act is bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would create a process to rescue federal trust funds from the threat of insolvency. Last September, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that four of the major trust funds will exhaust their reserves within the next 11 years. Some of our most important federal programs are financed through dedicated revenue sources and managed through trust funds. By addressing key structural issues behind the debt, Congress can put our major federal programs on stronger footing.

Joint Economic Committee hearing: “Vaccinations and the Economic Recovery”

On Wednesday, I took part in the Joint Economic Committee's hearing on the role vaccinations play in our economic recovery. I serve as one of only six Democratic House members on the bicameral committee in which members of both the Senate and House of Representatives participate. This was my first hearing on the committee since being appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in March

We discussed the barriers involved with vaccine access, the importance of continued testing including the development of home testing and confidence in vaccine efficacy, among other topics.


Interview with the Evangelical Environmental Network

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On Tuesday, I spoke with Rev. Mitch Hescox, President and C.E.O. of the Evangelical Environmental Network. This organization is a ministry that educates and mobilizes Christians to get involved in regions impacted by pollution, and advocate for policies that honor God and protect the environment. I spoke about my personal beliefs and how they're connected to my efforts to tackle climate change. We also discussed the need to address fugitive methane released from the oil and gas industry, and how a carbon fee and dividend can incentivize all economic actors--from middle-income families to large corporations--to reduce carbon emissions. 

Livestream event on the pragmatic plan to tackle climate change with the Neoliberal Project

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On Wednesday, I spoke to Colin Mortimer from the Neoliberal Project on Twitch, a livestreaming platform. Our discussion on climate change covered a wide range of topics including the value of a carbon fee, building housing near public transit, and the development of clean energy sources. While we know we can't make meaningful changes overnight, I believe practical solutions should bring us together in our fight against climate change. If you missed this event, you can watch it here. 

San Diego Workforce Partnership board meeting

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On Thursday, I spoke at the San Diego Workforce Partnership's board meeting. This local nonprofit connects job seekers and employers throughout San Diego County. I discussed my role as part of the Joint Economic Committee, how the American Rescue Plan Act invests in our recovering workforce, and the need to keep investing in quality training programs for workers. We also spoke about the push to raise the federal minimum wage and how there can be a compromise in Congress to make this happen.


Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

Economists and scientists agree that putting a price on carbon is a vital step to combat climate change. A bill I recently cosponsored, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, would price carbon at $15 per metric ton of CO2e and increase the price by $10 every year. In turn, 100% of the net revenue would be given back as a rebate to American families.

Do you support a carbon fee and dividend as part of a national strategy to curb carbon emissions?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: "Do you agree with San Diego's role to support federal officials as they work to process large numbers of unaccompanied minors at our southern border?"

Here are the results:

417 Responses: 63.8% Yes 22.5% No 13.7% Other


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April 9, 2021

Dear friend,

Encouraging news continues to come our way as San Diego County finds itself in the orange tier, a category with fewer restrictions and capacity limits, as the case rate has remained under six cases per every 100,000 residents for the last two weeks. In addition, Governor Newsom announced that the state's economy is looking to fully reopen on June 15th if vaccine supply is sufficient and hospitalizations remain low.

Please remain vigilant as we approach the end of this devastating pandemic. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.

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.


Virtual press conference on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

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On Tuesday, I participated in a press conference on this significant climate change proposal with Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-22), Judy Chu (CA-27) and Charlie Crist (FL-13.) The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would put a price on carbon and return 100% of the net revenue as a rebate to American families. This legislation seeks to reduce U.S. carbon pollution by up to 45% by 2030, with a net zero target by 2050 by pricing carbon at $15 per metric ton of CO2e and increasing the price by $10 every year. Click here to watch the press conference.


District work

Virtual Discussion on the SBA's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

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This week, I held a virtual discussion to announce the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. Last month, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act, which created several programs to help both employers and employees withstand the impact of this once-in-a generation pandemic. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program is a $15 billion dollar grant fund for music venues, movie and live theaters, performing arts operators, and talent representatives, along with some museums, aquariums and zoos.

During this event, we heard directly from the U.S. Small Business Administration about this program and application process. Local owners and operators, including Martha Gilmer from the San Diego Symphony, Joe Rinaldi from Music Box and Adolfo Fastlicht from TheLot shared how COVID-19 has impacted them and why this assistance is so urgently needed. As we recover from this crisis, I'm committed to help my constituents understand the benefits available to them. Find more information on this grant here. If you missed this event, click here to watch.

Meeting with Afira DeVries, CEO of Monarch School Project 

On Monday, I met with Afira DeVries, who became the CEO of Monarch School Project last August. Monarch has served San Diego homeless youth for over thirty years. We spoke about how trauma-informed interactions with students help their learning. We also discussed how the educational model employed at the Monarch School can be scaled across the nation to support vulnerable children.

Meeting with Evofem Biosciences

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Also on Tuesday, I met with the CEO and team of Evofem Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company located in the 52nd district. Their hormone-free birth control product, Phexxi, has been on the market since last May, but does not fall under any of the current categories on the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) published contraceptive chart. Updating this chart with a new category would increase access to Phexxi, especially for women who are unable to take hormones or for those who seek an alternative to birth control with hormones. As a longtime advocate for a woman’s right to choose, I know that access to contraceptives remains an essential tool to securing the health and economic well-being of American women and their families.


This week's casework success story

Last month, Izzy from Mira Mesa contacted my office for assistance with his expedited passport renewal. He had applied for an expedited renewal ahead of an upcoming travel date, but then learned that the Department of State was overwhelmed. When he reached out to the State Department for assistance, they suggested he book an emergency appointment locally. With his travel date one week away, Izzy reached out to my office for assistance. My staff submitted Izzy's proof of travel plans as part of an inquiry to the National Passport Information Center. Three days later, the Information Center notified my office that the request was processed successfully, and Izzy received his passport in the mail the very next day.

"I cannot express in words how grateful my partner and I are for Congressman Scott Peters and his office’s help in getting my passport issued in time. The level of responsiveness and care we were given is something we truly take to heart."

- Izzy from Mira Mesa


Participate in our weekly poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

The San Diego Convention Center is currently serving as an emergency intake center for unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the U.S. as part of a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the City of San Diego. Do you agree with San Diego's role to support federal officials as they work to process large numbers of unaccompanied minors at our southern border?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter.

Last week's question was: President Biden released details on his new plan to rebuild America's infrastructure and reshape the economy. What investments do you think should be included in a comprehensive infrastructure package? Here are the results:

304 Responses: 17.1% Bridges, railroads, roads, broadband access 2.6% Wind power, solar power, sidewalks, bike lanes 51.6% All of the above 28.7% Other


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