Since 2013

$7,327,908 DOLLARS RETURNED TO SAN DIEGANS

Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Climate Playbook Updates

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April 2, 2021

 

 

Dear Friend, 

 

There continues to be good news as we work to fight COVID-19.

 

All Californians over 50 are now eligible for vaccines, and those over 16 will be eligible on April 15. Three vaccination sites were opened throughout San Diego county this week, including new clinics in Mountain View, North Inland, and Sherman Heights. The faster we can get vaccines into arms, the quicker our lives will return to normal.

 

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


Legislative Work

Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act Introduction

We can’t save the planet without making every single person an actor in this crucial effort; placing a price on carbon does that.

Yesterday, I joined Representatives Ted Deutch (FL-22), Judy Chu (CA-27), Charlie Crist (FL-13), and Anna Eshoo (CA-18) to introduce the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which establishes a carbon pricing system that returns 100% of the revenue to American families. The bill is poised to reduce emissions, empower markets to transition to a low-carbon economy, and immediately work to slow climate change.

Briefing with Local Leaders & Stakeholders about new Community Project Funding

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For the first time in almost a decade, the House Appropriations Committee will be accepting Community Project Funding requests. This initiative allows Members of Congress to target federal funds towards projects and programs in their respective congressional districts that will address the most significant needs facing the communities they represent. 

On Tuesday, I hosted a briefing with over 35 San Diego leaders to cover the new Community Project Funding process. I was joined by my best friend in Congress, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06), who is a member of the Appropriations Committee and initiated the revival of community funding through his role as Chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.


District Work

National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021

Monday marked National Vietnam War Veterans Day, which recognizes the withdrawal of the last combat troops from Vietnam in 1973.

San Diego is a better place because it is the home of so many veterans who have served in the name of our country. Many of our nation's Vietnam veterans, as they returned home decades ago, did not receive the gratitude they deserved nor an acknowledgement of their sacrifices made during this conflict.

I send my heartfelt thanks, gratitude, and appreciation to all our Vietnam Veterans and their families.

Click here to watch my message to Vietnam veterans in light of this special day.

Virtual Las Mañanitas Breakfast for César Chávez Day

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Wednesday was César Chávez Day, which honors the life and legacy of César Chávez, a pioneer of civil rights. Through his leadership and altruism, Chávez improved working and living conditions for migrant farm laborers across the country.

I attended the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs' Las Mañanitas Breakfast to celebrate the resilience and accomplishments of the organization's Chavistas - student leaders in the San Diego community. It was a pleasure to hear from these inspiring young people about their achievements. 

Navy Broadway Complex Site Visit

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I send a big thank you to Navy Region Southwest's CAPT Ovios and new Executive Director Mark Keck for giving me a tour of the new Broadway Complex building on Wednesday. The state-of-the-art facility will serve as an excellent workplace for our hardworking Sailors and civilian workforce as they fulfill our national security objectives. We discussed COVID-19 protocol, current operations, and ways Congress can support San Diego's Sailors, and I'm grateful for their service and sacrifices on behalf of our nation.

Meeting with Consul General of Canada

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I met with the Consul General of Canada Zaib Shaikh to discuss trade relations and joint efforts to combat the ongoing climate crisis. Trade between Canada and San Diego is valued at over $800 million and supports 12,000 jobs. We should leverage those relationships to increase cooperation in areas such as wildfire prevention and carbon pricing - two issues that matter to both San Diegans and Canadians. I look forward to continuing our work together for a better future.

World Trade Center San Diego Go Global Event

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On Thursday, I kicked off the World Trade Center San Diego Go Global: San Diego's Trade and Investment Initiative along with Mayor Todd Gloria and various local business leaders. The binational relationship between San Diego and Tijuana presents a unique opportunity to increase our global footprint by expanding the local economy and creating jobs through international investments and exports. I look forward to supporting this initiative as we work together to build a better San Diego.


This week's casework success story

Staff Sergeant Barnes requested my assistance with Basic Allowance for Housing funds for off-post living expenses he applied for and was denied. After being denied again, our inquiry initiated an investigation. It was determined that he applied correctly with his chain of command and was entitled to reimbursement for his earned benefit. On Thursday, he received $9,300 in retroactive housing pay.


NEW: 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 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?

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: There are renewed calls for an assault weapons ban following two deadly shootings in Georgia and Colorado. Do you support a federal assault weapons ban? Here are the results:

445 responses: 73.5% Yes. 15.5% No. 4.3% I prefer other measures to curb gun violence. 6.7% Other.


 

As we head into the Easter weekend, I want to wish those celebrating a blessed and joyous holiday. Continue to be safe and stay well.

Apr 2, 2021

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March 26, 2021

Dear friend,

Over a year ago, the last thing we expected was a pandemic to change our world and lives. For many, COVID-19 has meant grief, loss and uncertainty. As we work to recover from this public health and economic crisis, San Diegans have proved to be resilient and determined. Now, there is more light at the end of the tunnel.

Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced that all Californians over 50 will be eligible for vaccines on April 1, and those over 16 will be eligible on April 15. As our governments continue collaborating and health care workers move this vaccine campaign forward, we appreciate your patience as vaccine supply increases and more appointments become available.

In much sadder news, a tragically familiar event took place in Colorado a few days ago with the fatal shooting of ten people in a supermarket. My heart is with the victims' families and loved ones and the Boulder community. More than ever, we need the Senate to pass gun safety reform to keep Americans safe.

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


Legislative work

Resolution to reinstate methane emission standards

Today, Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Conor Lamb (D-PA) and I introduced a resolution to reinstate a rule to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. If approved, the resolution would invalidate the Trump administration’s 2020 Methane Rescission Rule that weakened, and in some cases eliminated, requirements that oil and natural gas companies limit methane and volatile organic compound emissions from their operations. The resolution would largely reinstate the Oil and Natural Gas New Source Performance Standards put in place by the Obama administration in 2012 and 2016.

A super pollutant, methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide, causing some of the greatest damage to our environment. This resolution underlines the EPA’s existing authority to regulate methane emissions – a critical and immediate step to tackle the climate crisis.

Legislative hearings

I participated in three Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on Monday and Wednesday.

  • Monday's hearing focused on the LIFT America Act, which seeks to rebuild and modernize the nation’s water, energy supply and health care infrastructures, among other investments. I asked about future policy and regulations to manage emissions from natural gas systems, the hydrogen economy and its role in meeting a net-zero emissions target by 2050, and how much Congress should appropriate each year to maintain a modern public health infrastructure.
  • During Wednesday's hearing on the Clean FUTURE Act, which includes language from the POWER ON Act I authored, I asked witnesses whether it would be a good strategy to site transmission along highways and railways and about the role renewable resources played on the California blackouts and the Texas power grid failure.
  • As Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I helped lead a hearing on the power outages in Texas that occurred last month. According to the most recent National Climate Assessment, the primary cause of power outages in the U.S. is extreme weather. I asked the witnesses about investments needed to improve Texas’ grid resiliency as we face a changing climate and about what we can learn from Texas related to broad investments in grid resiliency.

District work

Round table discussion with local AAPI voices

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On Tuesday, I brought together leaders and advocates from the AAPI community for a discussion on the rise of hostility toward and attacks on Asian Americans. We spoke about these incidents being related to COVID-19, as well as discrimination that existed well before the beginning of this pandemic. The stories and personal experiences shared during this round table discussion point to deep problems in our country today. Thank you to everyone who participated for their time and contributions to this important conversation. I will continue my work in Washington, D.C. and in my district to protect, uplift and support our AAPI communities. Click here to watch the full discussion. Highlights from this conversation can also be found on my Facebook profile and here.

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Meeting with UCSD Graduate and Professional Students Association members

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Today, I met with students from UC San Diego’s Graduate and Professional Student Association. We discussed the need to reauthorize the Higher Education Act to include new oversight of education programs, scholarship opportunities for graduate students and funding for graduate improvement programs. We also spoke about our continued support for DACA, the importance of reforming the high skilled immigration system, and the need to increase funding and support for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in light of the SolarWinds hack.


This week's casework success story

Earlier this month, Edwin from Carmel Valley requested assistance after his veteran mother passed away. He and his sister were beneficiaries on her remaining pension. His sister received her check, but Edwin's didn't arrive in the mail. After spending a year requesting a replacement from Defense Finance Accounting Service, Edwin contacted my office. After my staff submitted an inquiry, Edwin received a re-issued check in the mail for $812.46 less than a week later. 

"This matter, along with an IRS overpayment, are the first occasions that I have ever had to request the services of my elected officials...Regardless of the reasons for needing assistance, I am thankful for your help. It is comforting to know there are those that support everyday Americans. You can be sure that I will share my positive experience with my friends."

- Edwin from Carmel Valley


NEW: 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:

There are renewed calls for an assault weapons ban following two deadly shootings in Georgia and Colorado. Do you support a federal assault weapons ban?

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: These immigration bills (the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act) secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are key to our economy and our nation. Do you think these measures will help fix problems within our immigration system? Here are the results:

334 responses: 40.1% Yes, providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, others *and* legal protections for agricultural workers is necessary. 26.9% Somewhat, but more work needs to be done. 17.4% No, different solutions should be proposed and implemented. 15.6% 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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Mar 26, 2021

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March 19, 2021

Dear friend,

State health officials announced this week that San Diego moved to the less restrictive red tier of California's reopening plan. This allows the county to ease restrictions for restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, museums and more businesses. While we're thrilled to see these changes, please continue washing your hands, wearing a mask and keeping distance from one another. We'll keep moving in the right direction if we follow public health recommendations to end this pandemic.

On the other side of the country this week, a violent and unspeakable attack left eight people dead in Georgia. Unfortunately, this occurred as the number of COVID-related attacks against Asian Americans increases. Hate crimes have no room in our society. I firmly stand with the AAPI community in my district and around the country who fear for their safety. If you are in need of support, you can report a hate crime here.

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

Vote for changes in our immigration system

Two historic immigration bills passed the House this week. The American Dream and Promise Act provides legal protections for immigrants living in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status. The bill establishes a pathway to citizenship for up to 2.5 million immigrants, including roughly 45,000 Dreamers in San Diego. Those who benefit from this bill are our hard-working friends, neighbors and coworkers who have paved a future for themselves here and contribute to our economy. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act establishes a program for agricultural workers, their spouses and minor children to earn legal Certified Agricultural Worker (CAW) status through continued agricultural employment. Both votes keep America’s promise that if you work hard and play by the rules, we have a place for you. Read my full statement here.

House Energy and Commerce’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing: “Leading the Way Forward: Biden Administration Actions to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations”

On Wednesday, I helped lead a virtual hearing on the Biden administration's plan to provide and deliver vaccines for all Americans. The hearing’s witness list included Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration; and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. My questions for Dr. Walensky focused on the importance of equity in COVID-19 care and vaccine deployment, emphasizing the need for better data collection and sharing standards to inform response efforts. Click here to watch my participation in this hearing.

Appointment to the Joint Economic Committee

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Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally named me as one of six House members to serve on the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), a bicameral committee in which members of both the Senate and House of Representatives participate. One of four standing committees in the United States Congress, the JEC was established in 1946 to advise Congress on the state of the economy and suggest improvements in economic policy. In the coming years, this committee will play a unique policy role to put our economy on sound fiscal ground, make capitalism work for everyone and get back on track after COVID. Read my full statement here.


District work

Meeting with Health Center Partners of Southern California

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On Thursday, I met with members of the Health Center Partners of Southern California. We discussed the American Rescue Plan Act and how it will benefit the group's goals in the community to combat COVID-19. We also spoke about the challenges health centers are facing during this difficult time. I look forward to having more conversations on permanently expanding Medicare telehealth services to patients and increasing COVID-19 vaccine supply to health centers supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Meeting with local members of the California Retired Teachers Association 

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Last Friday, I spoke with local members of the California Retired Teachers Association to discuss their legislative priorities and concerns, including support for the Social Security Fairness Act of 2021, protecting and improving Medicare and funding for special education in our schools.


NEW: 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 two immigration bills: the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. These bills secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are key to our economy and our nation. (See additional details under the "Legislative work" section.)

Do you think these measures will help fix problems within our immigration system?

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: The American Rescue Plan Act includes funds for struggling entertainment venues through the Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Are you planning on attending live events (including music and theater) once these venues are allowed to reopen? Here are the results:

309 responses: 49.2% Yes, 17.8% Unsure/will wait, 14.6% No, 12.6% Maybe, 5.8% 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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Mar 19, 2021

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March 12, 2021

Dear friend,

Relief is on the way as President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law yesterday. This historic and robust legislation is a lifeline for Americans who need help the most by extending unemployment benefits, delivering more targeted direct payments and supporting hard-hit businesses such as restaurants and event venues.

In other encouraging news, President Biden also announced the purchase of 100 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses and his goal of having adults vaccinated in time for July 4th. These developments provided a sigh of hopeful relief, but we must not let our guard down. Please stay safe and help keep those around you safe as well.

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


Legislative work

Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 and Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 

On Thursday, I voted to pass two bills I co-sponsored to advance gun safety in America and save lives. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 requires background checks for all gun transfers, not just those sold by federally licensed retailers, such as gun purchases over the internet. The Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 reinforces that background checks must be completed before retailers can sell firearms.

Specifically, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act would require a background check for every gun sale or transfer to ensure that individuals prohibited from gun possession under federal law, such as felons, domestic abusers and those considered a danger to themselves or others are not able to obtain firearms. The Enhanced Background Checks Act would close the Charleston Loophole that currently allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three business days.

While our nation has seen far too many tragedies related to gun violence, nearly 100 Americans lose their lives each day in gun-related incidents that don’t make headlines. To all those who have been hurt by gun violence, lost a loved one, or fought tirelessly with us: this vote is for you. Click here for more information.

Responding to constituent noise complaints

I recently sent two letters to request action to evaluate and address community concerns regarding military flights over coastal and inland neighborhoods in my district, including University City, Carmel Valley, Torrey Hills, La Jolla and Sunset Cliffs. I requested military commanders ensure aviators adhere to course rules, enforce proper rotary flight stand-off distance from beach and cliffside residences, and avoid unnecessary overflights of neighborhood areas, particularly at low altitude. The letters, sent to Major General Mahoney at MCAS Miramar and Captain John De Pree at Naval Base Coronado, can be found here.

San Diego has long been a proud home to the Navy and Marines and their aviation operations. We know that flights over certain communities are inevitable given the volume of operations, the complexity of airspace and weather conditions, and mission requirements to support our defense. Still, we ask the armed services to be good neighbors because there is room for improvement.


Meeting with members of the Surfrider Foundation

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On Wednesday, I met with members of the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to talk about their priorities. We spoke about my work in Congress on super pollutants, including my work with Scripps Institute of Oceanography, the need for more community resiliency along our coast and in areas prone to wildfire, and how to address the global plastics problem.


Briefing with Regional Task Force on the Homeless

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Earlier today, I had a briefing with Tamera Kohler, Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. She discussed the organization's recent work and how COVID-19 has affected the community's needs. We also spoke about veteran and youth homelessness, the Convention Center shelter, and the need for low-barrier housing to connect individuals experiencing homelessness with services they need.


This week's casework success story

Stephen, a Vietnam Combat Veteran from Rancho Bernardo, reached out to my office earlier this month regarding a payment for a medical bill he had made to Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) that had not been processed. My staff opened an inquiry with the VA, and a few days later, we received notice that the outstanding bills were processed for a total of $1200.

"I waited over a year for them to process the claims, and once you contacted them, it took five days. I am beyond grateful for your help! I will share my story with anyone that listens."

- Stephen's wife, Silvia, on his behalf


NEW: 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 American Rescue Plan Act includes funds for struggling entertainment venues through the Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Are you planning on attending live events (including music and theater) once these venues are allowed to reopen? 

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: "Have you gotten a COVID-19 vaccine? If not, will you get it once you're eligible to receive it/once it is available?"

Here are the results:

429 responses: 67.6% Yes, I have received a first dose/both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 23.8% I have not received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, but I am planning to get it once I am eligible/once it is available. 1.4% I have not received a COVID-19 vaccine yet and I am *not* planning to get it. 0.9% I have not received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, but I am *unsure* if I will get it once I am eligible/once it is available. 6.3% Other


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

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Mar 12, 2021

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March 5, 2021

Dear friend,

President Biden's announcement this week about securing enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May continues giving us hope in the fight against COVID-19. As the containment of this virus and the progress of the vaccination campaign continues, we know what we need to do: wash our hands, wear masks and keep safe distances from each other.

This week, I continued my work in Washington, D.C. by introducing and voting to pass comprehensive and much-needed legislation. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative work

Introduction of the POWER ON Act

On Tuesday, I introduced the Prevent Outages with Energy Resiliency Options Nationwide (POWER ON) Act to fix the current regulatory framework that hampers the United States’ ability to meet our nation’s energy goals. By promoting the interstate transmission of electricity, the POWER ON Act will boost reliability, unlock our full clean energy potential, adapt the grid to withstand the effects of climate change and enable more competitive wholesale power markets, which means lower costs for consumers. The bill’s introduction complements the Energy and Commerce Committee’s newly unveiled CLEAN Future Act, comprehensive legislation to combat the climate crisis.

To make our national power grid more secure, resilient and efficient, we need to build a Macro Grid to easily transfer electricity from regions that make renewable energy to regions that need it. A Department of Energy study demonstrates that this kind of integrated power system would drive economic growth and increase the utilization of our country’s abundant renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower.

For the People Act and the Justice in Policing Act

Last year’s election showed that voter suppression persists, and after the last four years, Americans deserve a transparent government that works in their interest. H.R. 1, the For the People Act, passed this week to bolster voters’ rights, ensure accurate elections, close campaign finance loopholes and crack down on corruption. Click here to learn more about this sweeping legislation.

This week, I also voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This legislation was introduced last year and is considered the most progressive police reform bill in American history. The Justice in Policing Act would ban chokeholds, stop no-knock warrants in drug cases, end the qualified immunity doctrine, combat racial profiling, mandate data collection (including body cameras and dashboard camera) and establish new standards for policing.


District work

Day of Action for the American Rescue Plan

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Earlier today, I attended a press conference with Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) to discuss key provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act that specifically help San Diegans. Current and former leaders from the San Diego County YMCA, Veterans Village of San Diego, San Diego County Office of Education, United Way and EITC Coalition, Family Health Centers of San Diego and East County Chamber of Commerce also joined to speak about how this legislation will help the people they support.


This week's casework success story

Andrew from Rancho Bernardo contacted the office at the end of August to request assistance with obtaining his 2019 tax refund. His refund was delayed because there were missing forms after he submitted a non-filer form to try to obtain his first stimulus more quickly. My staff worked with Andrew to gather the missing documents, and explained to IRS officials why he had submitted the non-filer form. Finally, IRS released Andrew's refund for $4,993.75.


NEW: 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:

Have you gotten a COVID-19 vaccine? If not, will you get it once you're eligible to receive it/once it is available?

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: "What do you think should be the next legislative priority for Congress after it passes the American Rescue Plan? Here are the results:

371 responses: 19.1% climate change 17.3% immigration reform 13.5% health care 9.2% national security and 40.9% other (including election reform and security/voting rights, infrastructure, minimum wage, and border security, among other responses)


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

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

Mar 5, 2021

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February 26, 2021

Dear friend,

This week brought encouraging news on the COVID-19 vaccine front as more vaccine dose shipments arrived in our region. As a result, people who work in emergency services, child care and education, and food and agriculture, including grocery store employees, will be eligible to receive a vaccine starting tomorrow. Click here to learn how different agencies will vaccinate these new eligible groups. You can also check your eligibility and be notified when it's your turn to be vaccinated here.

As we make progress in the fight against this virus in San Diego and across the country, I urge you to stay safe by wearing masks, frequently washing your hands, and practicing social distancing. We're not out of the woods yet.

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


Legislative Work

Reintroduction of the Workforce Mobility Act

This week, I reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral Workforce Mobility Act with Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), and Rep. Peter Meijer (MI-03). This bill seeks to help American workers by limiting employers’ ability to force employees to sign non-compete agreements.

While California has long prohibited the use of non-competes, one in every five workers nationwide is covered by a non-compete agreement. Forty percent of American employees have been constrained by a non-compete agreement at some point during their career. The Workforce Mobility Act would narrow the allowable use of non-compete agreements to only include extraordinary cases such as the sale of a business or the hiring of senior executives. It would also require employers to explicitly inform their employees of the limitations non-compete agreements impose. Click here for more information on this bill.

American Rescue Plan Act

Today, the House expects to pass President Biden's American Rescue Plan Act. This COVID-19 relief bill would provide $1,400 stimulus checks per person, $56.75 billion for vaccines and testing, $130 billion for K-12 schools, and extend unemployment benefits, among other critical provisions. This proposal is a good start, but I hope further improvements can be made in the Senate to ensure this funding targets individuals, families and businesses who need it the most. This would include extending the duration of unemployment payments with automatic triggers, adjusting the amount and timing of state aid based on real revenue shortfall, and expanding funding for the industries that are hurting the most, specifically restaurants, attractions, and live entertainment. I'm hopeful that these changes will further arm the fight against COVID and provide funding where and when it’s truly needed.  


District Work

Meeting with leaders of the Dawoodi Bohras community

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Last Friday, I met with leaders of the Dawoodi Bohras community of San Diego, a branch of Islam from the Indian subcontinent. We spoke about the community's traditions, customs and beliefs, as well as how members are helping others throughout this pandemic with food drives and other helpful events.


Peace Corps Information Night

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Join us next Monday for a special information night on the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps. I'll be speaking with local past volunteers and recruiters about their experiences during their service, how people can join the Peace Corps and how the organization has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will take place from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. via Zoom and will be streaming live on Facebook.

Click here or the graphic above to join!


NEW: 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:

What do you think should be the next legislative priority for Congress after it passes the American Rescue Plan?

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: "Optimizing [the national] grid may reduce carbon emissions, improve system resiliency and reduce wholesale power costs, but would require the federal government to override state and local objections to power line permitting and construction. Would you support this kind of overhaul to our power grid? Here are the results:

370 Responses: 67.3% Yes, the grid's capabilities need to be modernized for current demand and to promote renewables. 22.4% Other 10.3% No, this would be an unnecessary undertaking.


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

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

Feb 26, 2021

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February 19, 2021

Dear friend,

This week, millions of fellow Americans endured freezing temperatures and subsequent power outages and failures. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who passed away and all who are facing critical challenges while seeking safety, warmth, and normalcy during this devastating weather event.

Here in San Diego, vaccination sites have had to close and reschedule appointments due to vaccine shortages, but help is on the way. Statewide numbers indicate that we're on the right path to defeat this pandemic. Please continue to wash your hands frequently, wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

I continue my work in the district to stay in touch with the people I represent. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative Work

Energy & Commerce Committee hearing: “A Smarter Investment: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future”

This week, the Energy Subcommittee began its work for this Congress, renewing the efforts to chart a path toward a clean energy future. During this week's hearing, I discussed modernizing our national power grid so that we can connect renewable sources with areas of high electric demand. I also asked the witnesses about the role Congress can play to remove barriers in order to build large-scale transmission projects across state lines. Click here to watch my full remarks.


District Work

Briefing with SANDAG

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On Wednesday, I hosted a meeting to discuss the progress of key priority projects such as the Central Mobility Hub, the LOSSAN Rail Corridor and the future of rail in San Diego. Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49), Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Encinitas Mayor and SANDAG Chair Catherine Blakespear, San Diego Mayor and First SANDAG Vice Chair Todd Gloria, National City Mayor and Second SANDAG Vice Chair Alejandra Sotelo Solís and other SANDAG officials joined me for this virtual meeting. We look forward to increasing and improving transportation choices for San Diegans through continued collaboration and innovation.

Meeting with Plant Diego

On Wednesday, I met with members of Plant Diego, a local group dedicated to educating and informing San Diegans about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet for nutrition, health, and environmental sustainability. We discussed policy ideas related to farm bill subsidies and environmental laws. We also spoke about the broader effects of food on climate change and my work on super pollutants and coolants.

Meeting with the Regional Task Force on the Homeless

On Thursday, I spoke at the Regional Task Force on the Homeless' board meeting and discussed my efforts in Congress to preserve and expand the VA's HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program. To address veteran homelessness, HUD-VASH couples rental assistance with case management services from the VA. My bill, the Veteran HOUSE Act, was passed in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, and expands eligibility for HUD-VASH to veterans with other than honorable (OTH), but not dishonorable, discharges. Veterans with OTH discharges represent 3% of the veteran population, but they compose 15% of the homeless veteran population. I appreciated the opportunity to speak with the board and thank them for their critical work to support those experiencing homelessness.


NEW: 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:

Modernizing our national power grid can reduce the frequency and duration of power outages, reduce storm impacts, and restore service faster when outages occur. Building an interstate Macro Grid to connect remote renewable resources (sun, wind, geothermal, hydropower) with centers of high electric demand is a viable option according to research from the Dept. of Energy. Optimizing this grid may reduce carbon emissions, improve system resiliency and reduce wholesale power costs, but would require the federal government to override state and local objections to power line permitting and construction.

Would you support this kind of overhaul to our power grid?

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: "Proposals to address student debt and the high cost of higher education are being debated as we deal with the current economic crisis. What do you think?"  Here are the results:

397 Responses: 46.6% Other 31.2% We should address the student debt crisis by making college more affordable: lowering student loan interest rates and tuition and making community college free. 22.2% The federal government should forgive all existing student loan debt.


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

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Feb 19, 2021

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February 12, 2021

Dear friend,

While most of the work out of Washington, D.C. continues to be focused on COVID-19 and relief, we also saw the start of former President Trump's impeachment trial. Re-watching the horrific violence that took place at the Capitol on January 6th affects all of us. In the context of this pandemic, it's more important than ever to take care of ourselves and others by wearing masks and practicing social distancing, but also to look after our mental health and overall well-being. To search for specific county mental health services and resources, click here.

I continue my work in the district to stay in touch with the people I represent. 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 markup of COVID-19 relief budget reconciliation

We know the crises brought on by COVID-19 are far from over. Americans need relief now and the government must provide resources and boost existing efforts to end the pandemic. We're closer to delivering President Biden's American Rescue Plan after this week's full committee markup of important portions of this aid package. This markup session was extended over two days, during which committee members debate, offer and vote on amendments. You can watch my remarks here to hear about the inclusion of the Tracking COVID-19 Variants Act, a bill I introduced with Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI). This legislation provides crucial funding to scale up national genomic sequencing efforts, which are vital to track virus mutations and further protect public health.


District work

Conversation with NDN on New Dem 100 Day Agenda

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This week, I discussed the New Democrat Coalition's priorities during President Biden's first 100 days in office with Simon Rosenberg, the founder of the NDN think tank and advocacy organization. As Vice Chair of the House New Democrat Coalition for Policy, I reviewed the coalition's agenda and priorities, which include ending the pandemic, getting people back to work, fighting climate change and restoring our country's leadership role in the world. If you missed this conversation, you can watch it here.

Meeting with members of the San Diego Community College District

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On Monday, I met with leaders from the San Diego Community College District. They spoke about the actions they would like Congress to take, including action for DACA recipients, Pell Grant increases, support for student veterans, and making Pell Grants tax exempt. We also discussed the toll COVID-19 is having on student and staff mental health

Meeting with service academy nominees

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On Thursday, I met the 33 students I have the honor of nominating to our nation's service academies. These young men and women were selected after applying and being interviewed by an independent service academy nomination board. The nomination makes them eligible to be selected for a fully-funded education with one academy, with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for at least five years after graduating. Congratulations to this year's nominees! I wish you a successful and fulfilling future as you begin your careers in the armed forces.


This week's casework success story

Mehri from downtown San Diego is a nurse working at Scripps on the frontlines to battle COVID-19. She contacted the office in October to request assistance with expediting her asylum interview. Mehri originally filed in November 2016 under the previous administration's Last In/First Out policy. Since then, her interview has been delayed several times, creating uncertainty over her long-term status. My staff worked with Mehri to gather paperwork and justify the need for an expedited interview. After submitting employment letters and verification on behalf of Mehri, her expedited interview for asylum was approved.


NEW: 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:

Proposals to address student debt and the high cost of higher education are being debated as we deal with the current economic crisis. What do you think?

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 "What do you think is the best course of action for Congress to help families and businesses given the severity of this (COVID-19) crisis?" Here are the results:

438 Responses: 55.7% Pass the entire $1.9 trillion plan, 11.9% Pass the entire $618 billion plan, 20.6% Compromise and meet in the middle, 1.4% Offer a new plan altogether, 10.4% 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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Feb 12, 2021

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February 5, 2021

Dear friend,

If you closely followed all the news coming out of Washington, D.C. this week, you know the topics that made headlines. The news cycle keeps running, but I want to reassure you that my focus remains on responding to the crises at hand: controlling this virus and providing relief to struggling Americans in the midst of this pandemic.

Fewer COVID-19 cases are being reported in San Diego, vaccines continue to be administered and some businesses are reopening. These are all positive signs, but we are far from resuming our normal lives. Please be safe and help keep those around you safe as well.

I continue my work in the district to stay in touch with the people I represent. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative work

Addressing key gaps in our national COVID-19 response through legislation

This week, I re-introduced the bipartisan Health STATISTICS Act to improve our nation’s real-time response to COVID-19. 

Currently, reporting COVID-19 cases and vaccine statistics, such as patient demographics or cause-of-death information, is not compulsory. This granular data is key to track and fight the virus, but is missing from our COVID-19 response. We must break down the data siloes that make it difficult for researchers to combine different data sources. This will allow researchers to accurately analyze the effects of the virus nationwide. Expanding data accessibility and infrastructure will ensure we understand the full scope of the pandemic and address it accordingly. 

This bill answers escalating calls from experts, lawmakers and public health professionals to fix detrimental information gaps and barriers exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I also introduced the Tracking COVID-19 Variants Act with Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI) this week. This legislation provides crucial funding to scale up national genomic sequencing efforts. Sequence-based surveillance is vital to track virus mutations and further protect public health. In combination with other efforts like my Health STATISTICS Act, this bill would ensure our country is ready to combat the next phase of COVID-19 guided by science and accurate information.

Vote to pass budget resolution and start reconciliation process

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On Wednesday, I helped the House pass a Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2021 to begin budget reconciliation – a legislative tool to ensure the swift passage of President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. In my experience, it's better to start the clock and set a deadline for Congress.

When we passed the emergency COVID bill late last year, we knew more resources were needed to fight the virus and provide additional relief for many Americans who have been devastated financially. Bipartisanship has intrinsic value, and we should prioritize it, but this process will guarantee support for those bearing the brunt of this crisis, no matter the politics.

Watch my floor speech on the budget resolution and reconciliation, HERE.


Virtual town hall on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and distribution

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On Wednesday evening, I held a virtual town hall with two San Diego health experts to discuss COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and distribution. Dr. Shane Crotty, professor at La Jolla Institute for Immunology and Dr. Corinne McDaniels-Davidson, director of the Institute for Public Health at San Diego State University answered questions from attendees and provided timely information about the vaccine and the effects of this virus on our bodies and our communities. Thank you to our special guests as well as our attendees for your engagement and participation. Let's keep learning together and let science guide the way forward.

Watch the recording of the virtual town tall, HERE.


Meeting with students from Congregation Beth Am

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On Monday, I met with a group of students from Congregation Beth Am to discuss various topics including the US-Israel relationship, regional threats and rising antisemitism. We also spoke about the need for cooperation in scientific research to develop drought-resistant farming and combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

Last week, we introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who participated. Here's this week's question:

There are currently two COVID-19 relief plans being considered to help the American people: Republican senators proposed a plan worth $618 billion, while President Biden's plan calls for $1.9 trillion in federal spending. What do you think is the best course of action for Congress to help families and businesses given the severity of this crisis?

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

Last week's question was "Do you approve of President Biden's wide-ranging executive orders during his first days in office?" Here are the results:

490 Responses: 68% Yes, 20.2% No, 3.3% Somewhat, 2.4% Not entirely, 6.1% 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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Feb 5, 2021

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January 29, 2021

Dear friend,

As the dust settles in Washington, D.C. with the first full week of a new administration, my priority remains serving San Diegans and supporting them through this pandemic. Although we've learned much about this virus in the past few months, the situation is still evolving and we need to keep our guard up. Please do your part to stay safe and keep those around you safe as well.

I continue my work in the district to stay in touch with the people I represent. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative work

Reintroduction of OPRA II

This week, I re-introduced the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II (OPRA II) with the full support of San Diego's congressional delegation. This bill simplifies the City of San Diego’s required permitting process to operate the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant (PLWTP). It also solidifies the region’s water security, and further cuts the amount of wastewater that flows into the ocean from the plant. OPRA II was originally introduced in 2019, and it passed the House in November 2020 by an overwhelming vote of 395-4, but the Senate did not take action on the bill before the end of last year.


District work

San Diego in DC meeting

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On Wednesday, I hosted the first virtual San Diego in DC event of 2021. Key San Diego leaders, including Rep. Mike Levin and Rep. Sara Jacobs, and representatives from major public and private institutions in our region joined this event. We discussed upcoming projects and priorities for San Diego this year.


San Diego County COVID-19 vaccine information

COVID-19 vaccination events hosted by the county are currently open to healthcare workers, others in all tiers of Phase 1A, and people age 65 and older.

Vaccine appointment registration is required and space is limited. If you don't see appointments available at your nearest site, check back regularly for updates and openings.

Click here to make a vaccine appointment.


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Join us next Wednesday for a virtual town hall event with two San Diego experts to discuss vaccine efficacy and distribution. We will also answer attendees' questions on this pressing issue. To attend, click this link. The event will also stream live on my Facebook page.


ICYMI: Column and op-ed on my efforts to fight climate change

Last year's bipartisan energy package was just the start of an evolving action plan to combat climate change. I've shared the climate efforts I'm leading this Congress with the San Diego Union-Tribune in a column this week and an op-ed in The Hill. My list of priorities includes reducing methane emissions, cutting black carbon pollutants, continuing to scale back hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) use and modernizing our national power grid. There’s no doubt that science-based policies will help us tackle one of the greatest crises of our time. The full San Diego Union-Tribune column can be found here and my op-ed in The Hill can be found here.


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

Starting this week, we'll include a poll for our e-newsletter readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Here's this week's poll question:

Do you approve of President Biden's wide-ranging executive orders during his first days in office?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll reveal the results in next week's e-newsletter. We appreciate your engagement and feedback.


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

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

Jan 29, 2021

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