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Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Climate Playbook Updates

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January 14, 2022

Dear friend,

It is my honor to continue serving the 52nd district as we began the second session of the 117th congress this week in Washington, D.C.

As elected representatives, one of our biggest responsibilities is actively maintaining the health of our democracy. In response to laws in several states that restrict voting rights, I voted for the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act this week.

The Freedom to Vote Act sets national standards for voting access, and ensures safe, secure, and accessible elections for all Americans, among other provisions. Meanwhile, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act updates the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

Standing up for all Americans' right to vote is not a partisan issue. I will keep fighting for voting rights as an elected official and as a citizen who deeply cares about the fate of our democracy.

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

 


NEXT WEEK: Order COVID-19 Tests Online!

 

Earlier today, the Biden administration announced that Americans can begin ordering free at-home COVID-19 tests starting next Wednesday, January 19th.

You will be able to place orders for up to four tests per household by visiting COVIDtests.gov. A telephone line will also be made available so those without access to computers or high-speed internet can place orders. The tests will be free, and a credit card number will not be necessary to order.

 


This Week's Casework Success Story

 

Gershon from Carmel Valley contacted my office in June to request assistance with the IRS. My staff worked with Gershon to gather documents relating to his family's trust, as well as letters from his attorney detailing recent changes in tax law that affected his case. My staff previously helped Gershon’s brother, who faced the same problem, save $190,000. After careful consideration over several months, the IRS admitted that due to a system error, it had incorrectly imposed annual penalties for over 10 years. The agency proceeded to reverse the penalties and interest for a total saving of $279,842.47.

 


POWER ON Act Implemented as Part of Department of Energy's New Initiative

 

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the “Building a Better Grid” Initiative to carry out key transmission provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure law and help forge new high-capacity electric transmission lines nationwide. The program will work with community and industry stakeholders to identify national transmission needs and support the buildout of long-distance, high voltage transmission facilities. It will make the U.S. power grid more resilient to the impacts of climate change, increase access to affordable and reliable clean energy, create good-paying jobs, and help reach President Biden’s goal of 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and a zero-emissions economy by 2050.

Additionally, the initiative will implement the POWER ON Act, a bill I authored in 2021, which passed as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law. Its implementation will improve permitting processes and boost community input to help build more transmission lines and deploy more renewable energy across the country. I applaud the DOE’s efforts and will continue my work in Congress to modernize and strengthen our national electric transmission system.

 

NOW STREAMING: My Interview for Special Operations Command's Podcast!

 

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Speaking with Sergeant Major Parrish (December 2021)

 

You can now listen to my interview for the U.S. Special Operations Command's official podcast, "SOFcast" in its entirety on Spotify and YouTube. Last month, I met with senior leaders from the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community in my capacity as co-chair of the bipartisan SOF Caucus. It was great to discuss the goals of the caucus, and the issues that are important to the SOF enterprise and Naval Special Warfare community here in San Diego. Listen now!

 


Staying Safe this Winter

 

Recent tragedies in New York and Philadelphia remind us of potential hazards in our homes as we stay warm this winter. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns consumers to be vigilant when using space heaters, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fireplaces, and generators, among other appliances. 

A full list of tips to stay safe during the winter months from the Consumer Product Safety Commission can be found here.

 

Blood Shortage in San Diego County

 

As a frequent blood donor, I understand how my contribution can make a difference for many patients in need. With the Omicron surge, the American Red Cross is facing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Due to this shortage, doctors are forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will wait until more products become available. All blood types are needed now, especially types O positive and O negative, as well as platelet donations, to help reverse this national blood crisis.

Please consider donating blood to help ease this crisis.

Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 


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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Jan 14, 2022

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January 7, 2022

Dear friend,

This week marked one year since the violent insurrection in Washington, D.C. I was in the House gallery when the first insurrectionists breached the Capitol. After hearing bangs that sounded like gunfire or teargas, I was safely evacuated. Moments later, I understood the true gravity of what was occurring: a violent, concerted effort to stop the process that would certify the results and electoral votes of the 2020 presidential election. It was an attack on the Constitution, our democratic systems, and the nation.

Many Republican leaders that day denounced the mob and called it one of the darkest days in American history. When it came time for them to support real action, however, most of them cowered to Trump. To this day, many Republicans perpetuate the false notion that the election was rigged and dismiss the credibility of the commission established to investigate the details of that day. 

Our democracy requires the fearless participation and resolve of both political parties, and it saddens me to see how Republican leadership was too scared to stand up for America when we needed them most. The American people deserve answers and will not forget how their representatives responded to those moments. I remain committed to protecting the sacred cornerstones of America’s democracy and will not let up until all involved are brought to justice. Read my full statement on this somber anniversary here.

 

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

 


Connecting Communities to Resources During the Pandemic

 

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On Wednesday, I visited 211 San Diego for an update on the organization's operations during the pandemic. The local nonprofit connects residents to community, health, and disaster resources 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. I met with CEO Bill York and we discussed how staff is adapting their strategic plans to COVID-19 related challenges, and the nonprofit's database of over 6,000 services and resources.

 

My Continued Representation of the 52nd District

 

Recently, my office has been receiving calls from constituents regarding the California Citizens Redistricting Commission's newest district maps. I want to assure you that no changes will be made to the boundaries of the 52nd district until 2023. Until that time, I proudly represent most of the city of San Diego, Coronado, and Poway in the House of Representatives.

 


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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Jan 7, 2022

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December 23, 2021

Dear friend,

We made it through another year of challenges and triumphs. As a father and husband, I remain concerned about those in our communities who have suffered because of this virus. Thank you to every frontline and health care worker who continued making sacrifices during a second year of uncertainty. Compared to last year, we're in a much better place thanks to all the people who got vaccinated, but we're not out of the woods yet.

As we see the continued spike of COVID-19 cases, in particular the Omicron variant, please remember to keep yourselves, loved ones, and our most vulnerable citizens safe as you consider gathering for the holidays. The best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated and boosted. 

Below is my last update of 2021 on the work my staff and I have done to serve you.

 


 

La Jolla Students Pitch Their Passion

 

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Last Friday, I visited the Riford Public Library in La Jolla to engage with students during the "Pitch Your Passion" program. This initiative partners with high school students from La Jolla and allows them to bring awareness to causes they care about while practicing their public speaking skills and earning community service hours. I spoke with the students about how my concern for local issues started building my career in politics. Various students made their pitch for the group's community service project. I posed questions and then the students voted to adopt a succulent service project that focuses on water conservation and community engagement.

 

 

Meeting with CA-52's Congressional App Challenge Winner: Ayush Nayak

 

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Last week, I spoke with Ayush Nayak from Westview High School. He is the 52nd district Congressional App Challenge winner who designed Optix, an app to help people who are visually impaired see the world. The application uses a device's camera and several artificial intelligence models to understand the world around it, and then uses sound to relay that information to the app user. I appreciated learning about this technology and the way Ayush developed this intelligence to be used in real time on our phones. Congratulations to Ayush for this accomplishment!

 

2021 Year in Review

 

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In Congress this year, I worked hard to address the needs of the people I represent and tackle issues that need urgent solutions like the state of our economy and the harmful effects of climate change. It's my honor to bring you a review of my work in Washington, D.C. and San Diego during 2021 here.

 


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Thank you for your continued trust in me as your representative! Here's to a great 2022! I wish you a Merry Christmas, happy holidays and happy new year!

Dec 23, 2021

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December 17, 2021

Dear friend,

In Washington, D.C., Congress averted defaulting on our national debt this week by passing a $2.5T increase in our borrowing authority. While I am relieved we lifted the debt ceiling, this process to avoid default demonstrates how Congress lacks a bipartisan way to deal with our national debt.

As we move forward, we should encourage legislation like the bill I introduced with Rep. Jodi Arrington from Texas, the Responsible Budgeting Act, to sharpen Congressional focus on fiscal responsibility.

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

 


 

Engaging with Cub Scouts for Arrow of Light Badge

 

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On Monday, I spoke with Cub Scout Pack 594 from Del Sur Elementary School for their Arrow of Light badge. One of the requirements for this badge is for the students to meet with a government or community leader. I spoke with the students about being a leader in their community and what duties and rights we all have as citizens. I enjoyed hearing the scouts' questions about climate change, the issues I personally care about, and how they can get involved in politics.

 

More Education Opportunities for Adults in CA-52

 

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Also on Monday, I visited San Diego Oasis' newly acquired facility in Rancho Bernardo to learn about the nonprofit's work and expansion into the 52nd district. This organization manages an educational program center for adults who want to continue learning and creating meaningful opportunities in their lives. Membership is free and open to anyone 50 or older. I spoke with Simona Valanciute, President and CEO of San Diego Oasis, about the group's mission and about the need to prevent isolation and loneliness in older adults so they can stay healthy, engaged, and involved in our community.

 

Our Last Virtual Town Hall of 2021!

 

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On Wednesday, I answered questions about the Build Back Better Act, the newly enacted infrastructure law, and other issues in Congress during our last virtual town hall of the year. I take my responsibility to engage with my constituents in a direct and transparent manner seriously and I always enjoy hearing directly about my district's concerns and priorities from the people I represent. Thank you to everyone who watched and participated. If you missed this event, you can watch here.

 

Discussing Solutions to Solve Poverty and Other Global Issues

 

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On Tuesday, I met with members of the San Diego chapter of RESULTS, a nationwide advocacy group. We discussed global anti-poverty measures, including how to better allocate food surpluses, and help people in developing countries. We also spoke about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure all countries have access to vaccines and can properly distribute them. Thank you to RESULTS for all the work you do to help those in need.

 


As we see COVID-19 cases spiking across the County and Country after the Thanksgiving holiday, please remember to keep yourselves and our most vulnerable citizens safe and healthy in the coming weeks.

 

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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Dec 17, 2021

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December 10, 2021

Dear friend,

Our work continues to pass the Build Back Better Act through Congress and deliver it to the President's desk and then to the American people. In the meantime this week, we passed critical legislation to safeguard our democracy, and I introduced the Responsible Budgeting Act with Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) to improve Congress' approach to budgeting and eliminate the threat of the debt limit. 

Lifting the debt limit avoids a catastrophic default on debt we have already incurred, but points to a larger and troubling issue: Congress does not have a bipartisan way to deal with our national debt. Rep. Arrington and I introduced this bill to tackle risky debt ceiling brinksmanship while enhancing Congressional focus on fiscal responsibility. Our reforms would help ensure a stronger, more stable economic future.

 

NEXT WEEK: Town Hall on Build Back Better, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and More!

 

The end of 2021 is approaching, and I want to take this opportunity to engage directly with the people I represent once more before we welcome 2022. Join me next Wednesday for a town hall via Zoom on the latest in Congress including the Build Back Better Act, the newly enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and more. I look forward to responding to attendees' questions and speaking about the work we have done this past year, as well as the work that still lies ahead to deliver for our country. You can register here and/or watch this event live on my YouTube page. 

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Time: 4:30-5:30 P.M. (PT)

 

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


 

This Week's Casework Success

 

Zachary from Downtown contacted my office in mid-October for assistance with his VA disability rating after waiting for a decision for nearly seven months. My staff communicated with him and gathered relevant paperwork for his case. The Department of Veterans Affairs responded to the inquiry and notified my office that it was processing Zachary's claim. My staff followed up with the VA earlier this month and learned that a decision on his claim had been made: Zachary was awarded $585.72 per month and $3,318.54 in back pay.

 

Engaging with Leaders and Members of our Special Operations Forces 

 

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Interview recording for SOFcast Podcast

 

On Wednesday, I engaged with senior leaders from the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community in my capacity as co-chair of the bipartisan SOF Caucus. I first met with the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Gen. Clarke, and the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Chief Master Sergeant Smith, to discuss SOCOM’s priorities. Later in the day, I was interviewed for SOCOM’s official “SOFcast” podcast to discuss issues faced by the SOF enterprise and Naval Special Warfare community here in San Diego. Finally, I attended the SOF Caucus’ annual symposium and met with servicemembers from across the entire SOF enterprise to hear about their important work and the challenges they confront in the name of our national security.

 

Exchanging Ideas on Climate, Trade, and Technology at Embassy of Norway

 

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On Thursday, I delivered remarks during a seminar on technology, trade, and international cooperation for a low-emission future at the embassy of Norway. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt, and Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Dr. Varun Sivaram, were my fellow panelists. I spoke about recent climate leadership in the U.S. including the bipartisan infrastructure law, important climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act, and my support for carbon pricing. I also participated in a panel discussion on sustainable supply chains, technology development, and climate-smart trade. This was a great event to highlight California and Norway's shared goals to fight climate change. International cooperation will move us forward towards a cleaner and safer future.

 

Discussing Climate Change with New Zealand Ambassador to the U.S.

 

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On Tuesday, I met with Rosemary Banks, New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, to discuss our countries' efforts to address climate change. We spoke about ways to reduce climate pollution from international trade and how our two nations could work together to advance climate solutions.

 


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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Dec 10, 2021

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December 8, 2021

 

Dear friend,

The end of 2021 is approaching and I want to take this opportunity to engage directly with the people I represent once more before this year wraps up.

Join me next Wednesday for a town hall on the latest in Congress including the Build Back Better Act, the newly enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and more.

I look forward to responding to attendees' questions and speaking about the work we have done this past year, as well as the work that still lies ahead to deliver what our country needs.

 

Event Details

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Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Time: 4:30-5:30 P.M. (PT)
Location: Virtual via Zoom - Click here to register!

 

You can also watch this event live on my YouTube page.


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

If you need any assistance, you may call my office at 858-455-5550 or visit my website.

Sincerely,

Dec 8, 2021

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December 3, 2021

Dear friend,

Earlier today, President Biden signed a bill that avoided a federal government shutdown and extends government funding until mid-February. While we are encouraged about this temporary relief, Congress is still working on many pressing issues for the American people. These issues include passing the National Defense Authorization Act, tackling the debt ceiling, and pushing the Build Back Better Act past the finish line. Much work is left to do before the end of 2021, but we are confident that we can deliver what our country needs in a bipartisan and timely fashion.

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


Celebrating Over $7M in Constituent Savings!

 

This newsletter highlights casework successes every week to show how hard my staff and I work for the people I represent. Since taking office in 2013, we update the dollar amount of earned benefits recovered for San Diegans.

This week, I proudly announced that my office has secured a total of $7,327,908 in earned benefits for my constituents.

Our office works year-round to assist San Diegans with federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Small Business Administration. We often assist with passport renewals, small business loans, COVID-19 emergency relief, and access to the benefits owed to veterans and active-duty military and their families. These services are provided at no cost.

I owe this milestone to the relentless efforts of my staff who ensure the people I represent receive the funds and benefits they have earned with their service to our nation, through lifetimes of hard work and paying taxes, or through their commitment to higher education. 

If you need help with a federal agency, please contact my office at 858-455-5550 or visit my website at scottpeters.house.gov for more information.

 

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding on Energy and Climate

 

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On Wednesday, my staff attended a ceremony held by the Navy and the State of California. Through a memorandum of understanding, they reaffirmed their joint commitment to work together on energy issues and to address climate change. Admiral Barnett, General Woodworth, Col Bedell, Commissioner Hochschild, and the Navy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations, and Environment Meredith Berger attended this event. 

Speakers at this ceremony discussed shared goals related to energy partnerships energy projects, climate change, grid security, and greenhouse gas emissions. During her remarks, Assistant Secretary Berger mentioned that this memorandum emphasizes that our state will continue working hand in hand with the Navy to accomplish our climate and energy goals. On behalf of San Diego, this partnership is vital for the interests of America and the globe.

 

Highlighting Climate and Trade with the Atlantic Council

 

On Thursday, I delivered keynote remarks at a virtual forum hosted by the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center. I spoke about my recent trip to Europe to discuss international climate policy and the encouraging commitments that came out of COP26 including those focused on reducing methane pollution and deforestation, among other priorities. I also highlighted key climate elements in the bipartisan infrastructure law and spoke about the FAIR Transition and Competition Act I introduced with Sen. Chris Coons (D-CT) earlier this year. My staff also joined the event and contributed to the panel discussion. Thank you to the Atlantic Council for including us in this discussion. Together, we must find practical solutions to the climate crisis that consider interrelated challenges including working conditions, national security, and human health as part of a comprehensive strategy.

 

Discussing Supply Chain Disruptions with White House Task Force

 

Also on Thursday, my staff joined a virtual meeting of the Democratic Manufacturing Working Group (DMWG) with the White House Supply Chain Disruption Task Force. Administration officials updated members and staff on immediate and long -term strategies to minimize scarcity issues, stabilize prices, and strengthen all parts of the domestic manufacturing ecosystem.

 

San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) Town Hall

 

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Photo Courtesy: San Diego Military Advisory Council

 

Last week, I spoke at SDMAC's year-end town hall event. I provided an update on the latest in Congress and answered questions about inflation, ongoing negotiations over the National Defense Authorization Act, the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the impacts of partisanship on a functioning government. I also highlighted future investments in our local infrastructure made possible by the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. I thank Col Bedell, CO of MCAS Miramar and Mark Balmert, CEO of SDMAC for your leadership and invitation to this event.

 


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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Dec 3, 2021

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November 24, 2021

Dear friend,

As we near the end of 2021, our lives are still touched by COVID-19. Many families are still struggling to provide what they need for their loved ones and we are still recovering from the devastation of the pandemic in many ways.

Unlike last year, the vaccine now allows us to safely gather with family and loved ones this Thanksgiving. San Diego leads by example with 74.3% of San Diego County residents, or 2.3 million individuals, being fully vaccinated. Please continue to take care of yourself and those around you. For more information on eligibility and booster shots, click here.

This Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude to every healthcare worker for serving our communities during this difficult year, and for helping us deploy these immunizations to keep us safe. I also want to thank all the essential workers who help keep our country running from post office workers and farmworkers to firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers. Your continued work and sacrifice have paved the road of our recovery. 

I also want to thank my constituents for trusting me to fight for you in Congress. This past year has been filled with challenges and achievements, and I am extremely grateful and proud of our work for the American people. Transformative bills like the American Rescue Plan, Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act and Build Back Better Act highlight the will to tackle our country's biggest hurdles with success.

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


 

Insights on Adult Homelessness and Resources for Seniors

 

On Monday, I met with leaders from Serving Seniors, a nonprofit organization serving low-income older adults. We discussed findings from the organization's yearly report that examines senior homelessness in San Diego. I had a great conversation with President and CEO Paul Downey and COO Melinda Forstey, and I thank them for explaining the data behind the urgent need to address older adult homelessness. The organization's report also identifies solutions that can be implemented immediately at a low cost to help adults in need now. Seniors in San Diego and across the country have the right to age with dignity. I am committed to providing choices for our senior community's physical, mental and financial well-being.

 

Discussing Solutions During Binational Roundtable with U.S. Ambassador Salazar and Mexican Officials on Tijuana River Valley Cleanup

 

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Also on Monday, I attended a binational roundtable with high-ranking Mexican officials at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana to discuss the ongoing efforts to clean up pollution from the Tijuana River Valley. At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) organized meeting, I spoke on behalf of San Diego's congressional delegation about the public harm this problem causes for communities on both sides of the border. U.S and Mexican officials discussed the details of current and potential projects that address this problem. I thank all the participants for their time and expertise. I also commend EPA Administrator Michael Regan, with whom I have met twice this year, for ensuring this important issue remains a priority of the Biden Administration.  

Others in attendance included:

  • International Boundary Water Commission Commissioner Maria-Elena Giner
  • U.S. Consul General to Tijuana Tom Reott
  • EPA Pacific Southwest Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Jordan
  • Chief Officer for the North America Unit Roberto Velasco, SRE
  • Head of International Affairs Miguel Ángel Zerón, SEMARNAT
  • Deputy Technical Director Humberto Marengo, CONAGUA 
  • Commissioner Adriana Reséndez, CILA
  • Mexican Consul General to San Diego Carlos González Gutiérrez

 

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Housing as a Priority in San Diego

 

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On Tuesday, I met with leaders and board members of the San Diego Housing Federation to discuss affordable housing in San Diego. We highlighted certain provisions in the Build Back Better Act that would help alleviate this problem, including funding for affordable housing, and the expansion of HUD vouchers. We also discussed how the current labor shortage, specifically social workers, affects access to housing. I recognize housing as a critical and fundamental issue in our state. We need to treat this problem as the crisis that it is for millions of people, and I will continue supporting housing benefits as the Senate works to pass the Build Back Better Act.

 

Visit to San Vicente Reservoir

 

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Later on Tuesday, I visited the San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Representatives from the City of San Diego and San Diego County Water Authority shared details about the ongoing San Vicente Pumped Energy Storage Project and the necessary approvals needed for it to proceed, including a permit extension from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Officials have already secured $18M for this project from state funds and describe it as critical to meeting California renewable energy goals and our city's climate action goals.

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Celebrating Maritime Security Response Team West’s Building Renovation

 

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Last Saturday, I was proud to join Vice Admiral McAllister and CAPT Cooper to celebrate new facilities for Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) West, the Coast Guard’s elite special forces unit. These facilities will help MSRT West fulfill its crucial anti-terrorism mission in support of our national defense. I thank everyone at this event for the tour and the security demonstration. It is remarkable to see our coastguardsmen in action!

 


 

I am so grateful for my job serving you in Congress and I wish all of you a safe, restful and happy Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones.

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November 19, 2021

Dear Friend,

Today, I voted to advance the Build Back Better Act, the most robust investment in middle-class families in over 70 years and the most significant climate legislation in American history. It will strengthen our middle class and the U.S. economy by reducing everyday costs for working Americans, building the clean energy economy of the future, and investing in families and children.

The historic bill includes several of my top legislative priorities, including our deal to reduce prescription drug prices, $555 billion to reduce climate pollution, and an expanded child tax credit to help make raising a family more affordable.

All of this is possible without adding to our national deficit: the bill is predicted to create 1.5 million jobs per year for 10 years, ease inflationary pressure and generate revenue to help pay for these once-in-a-generation investments.

Though the legislation is still a work in progress, I look forward to making sure the final version sets our nation and children up for a prosperous future.

Read my full statement on the Build Back Better Act, HERE.

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


Helping a Local Association With An Unexpected Tax Filing Situation

The president of an international trade association based in La Jolla contacted my office in October to request help with the Internal Revenue Service. The organization received a failure-to-file penalty after their accountant abruptly quit his job in the middle of the pandemic without notifying any of his colleagues. The group then hired a new accountant who is catching up on the work left behind. Given these particular circumstances, my staff worked with the organization to gather supporting evidence and documents and submit a one time-abatement request. This week, the request was approved for a total saving of $4,560.47.


Signing Ceremony at the White House as Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Becomes Law

 

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On Monday, I attended a signing ceremony at the White House to enact the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act. This historic package includes my POWER ON Act to help deploy more renewable energy. I'm thrilled to know how this law will make a real difference in the daily lives of San Diegans, from improved roads and bridges to new, good-paying jobs to greater access to transit, broadband, safe drinking water and more. Funding will also shore up our national cyber and grid security and keep us competitive against countries that have made major investments in infrastructure, including China.


Introduction of the Precision Medicine Answers for Kids Today Act

 

On Tuesday, Reps. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Tom Emmer (R-MN) and I introduced legislation to better diagnose and treat genetic disorders like cancer and rare diseases, particularly in children. This legislation was included in a larger bill, CURES 2.0, which would improve how drug treatments and therapies are delivered to patients. The Precision Medicine Answers for Kids Today Act will help eliminate barriers, such as lack of insurance coverage and the inability to consult relevant health professionals, to allow better access to genetic and genomic testing. Thanks in part to the cutting-edge research in my district, genetic testing and genome sequencing are crucial tools to help give families answers to what is making their children sick. Our bill will make these tools more accessible and affordable, allowing health professionals to better target treatments and improving children’s lives by getting answers sooner.


Committee Hearings

 

“Securing America’s Future: Supply Chain Solutions for a Clean Energy Economy” 

 

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On Tuesday, the Environment and Climate Change and Energy Subcomittees of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on supply chain solutions for a clean energy economy. Due to the fact that different technologies have different demands for critical minerals, I asked Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas at BloombergNEF, if we should we be making strategic decisions about which technologies to support based on the amount of critical minerals they demand (e.g., hydrogen and advanced nuclear versus batteries)?

I also asked how the U.S. could collaborate with its allies to create more secure and sustainable supply chains for critical minerals and low-carbon technologies.

 

“Demystifying Crypto:  Digital Assets and the Role of Government”

 

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On Wednesday, I participated in a Joint Economic Committee hearing on cryptocurrencies. I engaged with the witnesses to better understand this phenomenon and how the government can develop fair rules people can trust without stifling innovation. I asked Ms. Alexis Goldstein, Director of Financial Policy at Open Markets Institute, about the effectiveness of a provision included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework requiring brokers to report cryptocurrency gains in a 1099B form starting in 2024 to address tax evasion. I also asked Tim Massad, Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center, about the potential consequences of a review of stable coins by the Financial Stability Oversight Committee.


This Sunday: Mid-Coast Trolley Extension of the Blue Line!

 

San Diego is celebrating an infrastructure milestone five years in the making: the Mid-Coast Trolley Extension! The blue line now has nine new stations along 11 miles of new light rail tracks. I fought hard to get $1B in federal funds for this project in Congress, and now we're thrilled to open this extension to the public. The grand opening ceremony is open to the public from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. this Sunday at the UC San Diego Campus Trolley Station.


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November 12, 2021

Dear friend,

Last Friday, I joined the House to pass the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, widely known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF). The BIF provides historic investments to modernize the nation’s roads, bridges, railways, transit, energy systems, broadband, and other critical infrastructure projects to bring communities across America up to speed.

I look forward to President Biden signing this historic legislation into law on Monday and then making sure the Build Back Better Act passes both the House and Senate.

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

 


My Office Helps Poway Company Secure $355,000 SBA Loan

 

David from Rancho Bernardo contacted my office in October to request assistance with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). David's manufacturing company, which is located in Poway, had been approved to receive an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) increase in August, but the loan funds were rejected by David's bank since they were sent to the wrong account. David had been trying for months to have the SBA reissue the correct account with no success. My staff worked with David to gather all the necessary documents for the approved loan and correct bank account information. This week, the funds were deposited into David's account for the approved increase of $355,000.

 


EPA Announces Approach to Address Water Pollution from the Tijuana River Watershed

 

This week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox announced the agency is moving forward with an environmental review of water infrastructure projects that would address transborder water pollution in the Tijuana River Valley.

EPA is initiating a review of the following projects with the highest potential to stem transborder pollution and improve water quality:

  • Expanding the existing South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant (ITP) 
  • Diverting and treating Tijuana River water at a new facility adjacent to the existing ITP
  • Conveying canyon flows to the expanded ITP
  • Repairing portions of the collection system in Mexico to prevent sewage leaks

A full list of projects can be found here.

 

This decades-long problem is an environmental and public health catastrophe that endangers lives on both sides of our border, from the waters of Baja California to my district in Coronado. I thank Administrator Regan for accepting my invitation to see this crisis in person back in August, and the EPA for proposing bold solutions. I remain committed to solving this crisis.

 


Meeting with International Partners in the United Kingdom for COP26 

 

Rep. Scott Peters with colleagues in Edinburgh.

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After last week's late-night vote on the BIF, I flew to the United Kingdom to join a bipartisan congressional delegation to participate in COP26-related meetings and activities. I met my colleagues in Edinburgh, where we visited Quinbrook's Flexitricity facility. Quinbrook is an investment manager focused exclusively on renewables, storage and grid support infrastructure. We learned how this company looks for flexibility in electricity consumption and generation to enhance grid support during periods of system stress while reducing carbon emissions and lowering costs for energy consumers.

 


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Nov 12, 2021

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