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Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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September 10, 2021

Dear friend,

Tomorrow marks 20 years since one of the most tragic events in our history. Almost 3,000 souls died as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. I pray for the families of those we lost that day and honor the memory of every soul that passed away. May we commemorate this solemn day by uniting together, cherishing our freedoms, and honoring the bravery of so many people who fought and continue to fight for that freedom.

For a personal reflection on this day, you can watch my video message here.

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


This Week's Casework Success Story

In mid-August, a U.S. Special Operations Forces veteran currently living in downtown San Diego contacted my office for assistance with the evacuation of a translator from Afghanistan. My staff worked with this U.S.-based veteran to gather as much personal information and identifying documents as possible. My office then forwarded these documents to the Department of State with a formal request for evacuation. The interpreter was successfully evacuated five days after this formal request and he is now in the United States awaiting full resettlement. (Names and identities withheld for security purposes.)


NEXT THURSDAY: Service Academy Nominations Information Night

Every year, I have the honor of nominating students to attend our nation's service academies. The privilege of attending a service academy comes with a service obligation and commitment to serve in the military after graduation.

If you are interested in attending one of our nation's service academies and have questions on the nomination process, my office will hold an information night next week on September 16 at 6 P.M. via Zoom.

Admissions counselors from each service academy and from college ROTC programs will participate as panelists to answer questions. Click here for more information and to download the Service Academy Nomination application form.


District Work

Meeting with Hunger Advocacy Network

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On Tuesday, I met with members of the San Diego Hunger Coalition and the Hunger Advocacy Network. We discussed the problem of food insecurity here in San Diego County. To address hunger locally, we spoke about increased access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and legislative solutions such as the Stop Child Hunger Act and the Universal School Meals Program Act. Thank you to these groups for working on making hunger a problem of the past, especially during Hunger Awareness Month!

Visit to Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions

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This week, I also visited the San Diego facilities of Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES.) This company is the largest provider of analog and radiation hardened technology for the U.S. aerospace and defense industry and employs 1144 people locally. The company focuses on electronic warfare, missiles, radar, space, medical devices, industrial equipment, and other applications. Many innovative new technologies are developed by our highly skilled workforce here in San Diego.

Meeting with MS Society Members

On Wednesday, I met with local members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. We discussed the Credit for Caring Act, which would provide a federal tax credit of up to $5,000 for eligible working family caregivers, and how it would help individuals living with MS and their families. We also spoke about the need to expand access to MS medications and reduce the high cost of drugs. 

Meeting with Jane Duke, Australian Consul-General

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On Tuesday, I spoke with the Honorable Jane Duke, Consul General of Australia. We discussed our ongoing economic ties and concerns over China. Australia is a critical partner for the U.S. within the Indo-Pacific region, and we must continue to work together to boost economic ties and combat China's increasing hostility. I look forward to working with the Consul General to find more ways to strengthen the relationship between our two countries.


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.

Sep 10, 2021

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September 3, 2021

Dear friend,

The last American servicemember left Afghanistan this week, ending America's 20-year military involvement in the country. The brave men and women who served in Afghanistan have my deepest gratitude for their dedication to keep our nation safe. Their sacrifice made a difference in thwarting ISIS and Al-Qaeda, and we are here to support them and their families as this war comes to an end.

My office has processed requests for evacuation for approximately 500 people and we are still processing additional requests. We are aware that at least 100 of those people have been evacuated to either the U.S. or another country, and also know six families that we assisted have returned to San Diego. 

Time will allow us to look back at the past two decades and the final days in Afghanistan to determine what we could have done better. For now, we must continue working with our allies, like-minded partners, and the international community to bring home our citizens, evacuate vulnerable Afghans, mitigate the Taliban’s worst behavior, and protect America’s enduring security interests in Afghanistan. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Biden administration to ensure that happens and to protect our nation from international terror.

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


Meeting with San Diego Organizing Project

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On Tuesday, I met with San Diego Organizing Project to hear from DREAMERS and front-line workers about the urgent need to pass immigration reform. Immigrants enrich our communities and are a critical part of our economy. Doctors, nurses, teachers, scientists, and members of our armed forces all play key roles in making San Diego and our country a better place. We must do our part to provide the security they deserve by fixing our broken immigration system.


San Diego Prescription Drug Abuse and Meth Strike Force Meeting

Earlier today, I spoke with members of the San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force. This Strike Force is composed of around 70 member organizations, including representatives from public health, law enforcement, judiciary, education, treatment, prevention, and intervention agencies. I discussed federal solutions to combat the meth crisis, including my bipartisan Methamphetamine Response Act and the work I have been doing to promote the use of non-opioid alternatives in surgical settings. The Strike Force's local work is especially relevant as this week marked International Overdose Awareness Day and September as National Recovery Month.


Meeting with San Diego Regional Fire Foundation

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Frank Ault (Chairman) and Joan Jones (Executive Director)

I also met with the Executive Director and Chairman of the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation today. We spoke about the foundation's work and potential federal funding opportunities. As we experience the effects of climate change and see the devastating fires in northern California, it is more important than ever to address our region's specific fire needs. This includes ensuring our communities have resources to create defensible space around their homes and supporting fire departments. We also discussed opportunities in the latest reconciliation bill to address our critical fire needs. 


Roundtable and Site Visit with Local Business Owners

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On Monday, I met with local small business owners who are members of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Voices community. We discussed the challenges small businesses are currently facing including staffing shortages, tariffs, payment delays, and COVID-19. We also spoke about the ways in which the federal government can help them succeed. Small businesses are the economic backbone of the greater San Diego community. I will continue to advocate for them in Washington, D.C. for their continued growth and prosperity.

Rancho Bernardo Community Council Meeting

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Yesterday, I joined the Rancho Bernardo Community Council monthly meeting to give a broad update on some of the most pressing issues currently under review by Congress. We discussed the continued importance of bipartisanship, concerns over the federal deficit, voter suppression laws, prescription drug pricing, the status of the reconciliation and bipartisan infrastructure packages, and the most recent UN climate report. I always enjoy sharing my work in Congress with my constituents all throughout CA-52. Thank you for having me!


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that unvaccinated Americans should avoid travel this Labor Day weekend due to rising COVID-19 cases. The CDC also said vaccinated Americans need to take risks into consideration as they think about traveling. Have you made travel plans amid increasing delta variant cases?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

Our previous question was: This week, the Federal Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Do you believe this approval will encourage more people to get vaccinated?

Here are the results:

236 Responses: 43.2% Yes; this has the potential to convince those who were still undecided about the vaccine. 33.9% No; I don't believe this will make a difference for many people. 5.5% Vaccination rates might rise only after FDA approves more COVID-19 vaccines. 17.4% Other


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

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Sep 3, 2021

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August 20, 2021

Dear friend,

The situation unfolding in Afghanistan is heartbreaking. These recent events are more than another chapter in history; they are very personal for the post-9/11 veterans I represent in Congress. 

There’s a time and place to examine the errors of our pull out – whether to withdraw completely after investing lives and money, and why we didn’t anticipate how quickly it would all fall apart. But right now, we must remain laser-focused on evacuating Americans and our allies out of Afghanistan unharmed.

If you are a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or SIV holder currently in Afghanistan seeking evacuation, click here to find the Repatriation Assistance Request form. A completed form for each traveler is necessary to pass through airport gates. My office is also ready and available for support at 858-455-5550.

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


This Week's Casework Success Story

Laura from La Jolla contacted my office in July with eight days left until a planned family vacation. She had already processed her children's passports, but only one of them was approved. With the date of travel quickly approaching, my staff gathered the necessary information and worked with the National Passport Agency to track down the application. After this inquiry, my staff determined there were administrative issues that Laura needed to resolve before proceeding. My staff helped Laura send the necessary form to the Downtown Passport Agency. The agency then contacted the National Passport Center to process and overnight the passport to the family. The passport was swiftly delivered one day before the family's planned departure.

"When I reached out to your office, I had already spent hours on hold and online with the passport agency and each time hit a wall....We just want you to know it means so much that you helped with this, we feel like we count. That means everything to my family!"

- Laura from La Jolla


EPA Administrator Michael Regan Visits San Diego

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Earlier today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan arrived in San Diego to formally kick off the construction of Phase 1 of the Pure Water program. Pure Water San Diego aims to provide nearly half of San Diego’s water supply locally by 2035 by cleaning recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. It also aims to provide a reliable, sustainable, water supply for our region as we experience the effects of climate change. 

Administrator Regan also joined us for a tour of the Tijuana River Valley to learn more about the pollution crisis between the U.S. and Mexico. Officials discussed recent efforts in Mexico to control transboundary flows. We also visited the International Boundary and Water Commission offices for a briefing on binational collaboration to reduce trash, sediment and flooding. I appreciate Administrator Regan's commitment to visit our region after I invited him to San Diego earlier this year during an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing. I look forward to working together to find solutions for our region's environmental challenges.


Ray Chavez Post Office Renaming Ceremony

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On Thursday, it was an honor to officially rename the Poway Post Office after Ray Chavez, a brave World War II veteran and beloved community member. I introduced legislation in the House to rename this post office back in 2019 and it was signed into law last December. I held a ceremony to mark this special occasion and bring together Ray Chavez's loved ones for them to see the plaque installed in the post office. This recognition is not enough to honor Chavez's service, but it serves to remind what his enduring legacy means to the Poway community.


SDG&E Visit with White House Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy

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On Tuesday, I visited SDG&E's Emergency Operations Center with White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy and Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49). We learned about the technology the company deploys to reduce wildfire risk, strengthen climate resilience and protect public safety. I thank Adviser McCarthy for her time and for recognizing local efforts that address the effects of climate change.


Veterans Affairs Regional Office and San Diego Hospital Visit

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On Tuesday, I visited the VA San Diego Regional Office and met with staff to learn more about how they support our veterans. I received a tour of the Veteran's readiness and employment facilities and the public contact office where veterans can seek services for claims in person.

Afterwards, I visited the VA San Diego Hospital and met with Director Dr. Smith to discuss their infrastructure issues. During this tour, I observed the construction of the new Spinal Cord Injury facility and the hospital's COVID-19 vaccination station.


Meeting with Consul General of Mexico Carlos González Gutiérrez

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On Monday, I had the honor of meeting Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico. We discussed the latest on the construction of Otay Mesa East Port of Entry, the continued efforts to clean the Tijuana River Valley, and border travel restrictions that remain in place due to COVID-19. 


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.

Aug 20, 2021

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August 13, 2021

Dear friend,

This week was a pivotal moment in Congress as the Senate passed a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill. This legislation is a once-in-a-lifetime project to invest in our nation's bridges, roads, rail, transit and electric grid. One critical element included in this bill is the POWER Act. This bill I authored promotes the interstate transmission of renewable electricity, helps decarbonize the power sector, adapts the grid to withstand the effects of climate change, and lowers costs for consumers.

The deal also allocates billions of dollars for community investments in wildfire resilience, which is urgent as millions across the West Coast battle another record fire year. We must get this done for the American people as soon as possible.

Below are important resources for the people I represent and another update on some of the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.


This Week's Casework Success Story

Raphaela, a doctor living in Mira Mesa, contacted the office asking for assistance with expediting her work permit. She is currently working to create two new COVID tests, but her visa was about to expire. She applied for a work permit ahead of time back in December, but it is currently taking around 10 months to process those permits. Staff worked with Raphaela to gather personal documents and letters from her employer detailing the importance of her work so U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services could consider her application for expedited processing. This week, the work permit was approved so she will continue her work combating the pandemic. 


Friends of CalRTA Award

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Earlier this month, representatives from the California Retired Teachers Association recognized me with the "Friends of CalRTA" Award in person. I originally received this recognition in May during the association's annual convention, but it was great to meet Susan Dixon and Marcia and Lee Finney in person. I thank the organization for its partnership during my time in Congress and its tireless advocacy on behalf of retired teachers across California. As we continue dealing with this pandemic, my goal is to bring our students back to school safely. We would not be able to do that without the hard work and sacrifices of our educators. Thank you! 


Service Academy Information Night

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Every year, I have the honor of nominating students to attend our nation's service academies. The privilege of attending a service academy comes with a service obligation and commitment to serve in the military after graduation.

If you are interested in attending one of our nation's service academies and have questions on the nomination process, my office will hold an information night on Thursday, September 16 at 6 P.M. via Zoom.

Admissions counselors from each service academy and from college ROTC programs will participate as panelists to answer questions. Click here for more information and to download the Service Academy Nomination application form.


Information on Passport Renewals

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

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


City and County Resources for Rental & Utility Assistance

As many people in my district recover from the devastation of COVID-19, I want to remind you that there are still many resources for rental and utility assistance. City of San Diego residents can apply for the COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program here. If you live in other parts of San Diego County, you can access the COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utilities Assistance Program here.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

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

A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change details how almost all warming that has occurred since pre-industrial times was caused by the release of heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which are emitted when humans burn fossil fuels and perform other climate polluting activities. Do you believe world leaders are responding fast enough to combat the climate crisis?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

Last week's question was: "The federal government recently extended an eviction moratorium that had expired last weekend. It is intended to cover parts of the U.S. experiencing a high spread of COVID-19. As of this week, that means most counties in the country. Do you agree with this extension to avoid evictions as coronavirus cases rise?"

Here are the results:

365 Responses: 46.6% Yes; this is a necessary measure for our public health and for millions of families. 30.6% No; the federal government can focus on other measures to control the spread. 7.7% I agree with local and state eviction bans, not a federal moratorium. 15.1% Other

 

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August 6, 2021

Dear friend,

News coming out of Washington, D.C. this week followed the eviction moratorium and its subsequent extension (see poll question for more info.) Here in San Diego, there are still many resources for rental and utility assistance. City of San Diego residents can apply for the COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program here. If you live in other parts of San Diego County, you can access the COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utilities Assistance Program here.

As COVID-19 cases continue rising, we continue seeing how vaccine hesitancy can cost lives. Please protect yourself and your loved by getting vaccinated if you have not done so already.

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


This Week's Casework Success Story

Paul, a Vietnam Veteran from San Diego, contacted our office in May regarding issues with his VA compensation claim. Paul had been trying to resolve the problem since 2019 with no results. My staff sent an inquiry on his behalf to get to the bottom of the issue. After communicating with officials from Veterans Affairs on several occasions, Paul's VA compensation rating was increased by 20 percent and he received a retroactive payment of $1670.44 from the VA.


Tour of USS Vinson

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On Sunday, I was honored to take a tour of the USS Vinson on her last day in San Diego before deployment on Monday. This naval ship is the only one named after a Member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Carl Vinson from Georgia, to recognize his contributions the U.S. Navy. During my visit, I had the chance to see Captain Miller's In Port Cabin which he modeled after the House of Representatives. I want to thank Captain Miller and the USS Vinson sailors for your service and for having me aboard America's Favorite Carrier. My best wishes to the USS Vinson and the strike group. Fair winds and following seas!


Grants Workshop with Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53)

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On Tuesday, I held a virtual workshop on grants with a panel of experts from grants.gov, Catalyst, CalNonprofits and California Grants Portal. The panelists explained how to apply for federal and state grants, discussed important resources for grant seekers and shared tips for groups and nonprofits who could benefit from grants. If you missed this informative event, you can watch a recording here. You may also contact our office if you wish to receive a copy of the slides the panelists shared. Thank you to our speakers, including Rep. Sara Jacobs, for your time and insights!


NAS North Island Groundbreaking Ceremony and Tour

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On Tuesday, I gave remarks at the groundbreaking for a new facility at Naval Air Station North Island and took a tour of the base after the ceremony. This new aircraft painting facility will complete aircraft delivery to squadrons while maximizing production and improving overall military readiness. When completed, it will serve a crucial role in the delivery of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft that will be flown in the San Diego area and deployed worldwide to support our national defense. 


Rotary Club of Downtown San Diego

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On Wednesday, I spoke at a San Diego Rotary Club meeting. I discussed my recent work in Congress, including funding I helped secure to address climate change, our national defense, our border, and our tourism and life sciences sectors. I also answered questions from the audience about pressing local issues.


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

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

 The federal government recently extended an eviction moratorium that had expired last weekend. It is intended to cover parts of the U.S. experiencing a high spread of COVID-19. As of this week, that means most counties in the country. Do you agree with this extension to avoid evictions as coronavirus cases rise?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

Last week's question was: The limited in-person attendance at the Tokyo Olympics distinguishes the global event from those in the past. Have you been watching despite the lack of crowds and fan excitement that usually define the Olympic games?

Here are the results:

273 Responses: 42.5% I'm still watching even without the crowds. Go Team USA! 21.2% I'm neither watching nor interested in the Olympics. 17.9% I'm following the Olympics and watching intermittently, but it's not the same without the fans. 2.2I'm not watching; the games are boring without spectators. 16.2% Other


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

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

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July 30, 2021

Dear friend,

Please protect yourself and those around you as the highly contagious COVID-19 variant, Delta, spreads rapidly across the country. The County of San Diego is following the CDC's updated guidance on the use of masks. Face coverings are recommended for everyone in indoor public settings, whether you're vaccinated or not. Click here for additional details.

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


This Week's Casework Success Story

Anthony, a small business owner in Point Loma, contacted my office in March to request assistance with the IRS. He needed help with his personal tax refund and his business taxes so he could apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) with the Small Business Administration. My staff worked with Anthony to gather necessary documents and after months of waiting, both returns were processed. He received a $3,361 refund and proceeded to finally submit his EIDL application.


Legislative Work

Investing in San Diego Priorities: Funding Bills for FY 2022

This week, the House of Representatives passed nine funding bills for federal agencies and programs for Fiscal Year 2022. They cover funding for a wide range of categories including: energy and water, interior and environment, military construction and veterans' affairs, labor, education, and transportation among others. The bills will now head to the Senate.

It is my honor to fight for the people of the 52nd district in Congress. These bills advance and invest in major priorities of the communities I represent. Learn more about provisions for which I advocated including funds for clean energy and the environment, servicemembers and veterans, health, opportunity and prosperity, as well as specific funding for local community projects and programs. 

Energy & Commerce Committee hearing: "The Changing Energy Landscape: Oversight of FERC"

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On Tuesday, I attended the Energy Subcommittee hearing on regulation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). I discussed critical elements from a bill I introduced earlier this year, the POWER On Act, and asked FERC Chairman Richard Glick what stands in the way of building interstate high voltage transmission. Chairman Glick listed siting, planning, and cost allocation as the three major challenges to the development of additional transmissions to the grid. He went on to say that my legislation, which can help deliver clean, reliable, and low-cost energy to more consumers, addresses these issues head-on. Click here to watch our full exchange.


Staff Work in the District

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On Monday, two members of my district staff received a briefing by San Diego Sector Border Patrol leadership followed by a tour of various sensitive sites. Officials discussed the impacts of pollution from the Tijuana River Valley on the health of agents and the surrounding communities, as well as ongoing concerns related to drug tunnels and existing infrastructure. My staff also heard how Congress can continue to support various strategic initiatives developed to secure our borders.


Grants Workshop with Rep. Sara Jacobs

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Next week, I'll be holding a virtual workshop with Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53) to discuss federal grants, how to apply for them, and helpful resources for grant seekers. This event will be helpful for those who are new to applying for federal grants and for those seeking funding opportunities for nonprofits.

The following experts will join us next Tuesday (8/3) from 3-4 P.M.:

Click here to register!


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

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

The limited in-person attendance at the Tokyo Olympics distinguishes the global event from those in the past. Have you been watching despite the lack of crowds and fan excitement that usually define the Olympic games?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

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

Here are the results:

328 Responses: 42.7% No; this would be a waste of taxpayer money. 34.1% I don’t consider space tourism a priority nor an interest for the U.S. 6.7% Yes; this could create exciting opportunities for the future. 16.5% Other


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

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

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July 27, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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

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

Panelists for this event include:

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

Event Details

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

You can also watch this event live on Facebook.


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

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

Sincerely,

Jul 27, 2021

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July 23, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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


This Week's Casework Success Story

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

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

- Susan from Coronado


Legislative Work

Introduction of Border Carbon Adjustment

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

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

Introduction of Veteran Peer Specialist Act

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

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

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

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


Passport Renewal Times

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

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


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

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

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

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

Here are the results:

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


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July 16, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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


Legislative Work

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

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


District Work

Closing of Emergency Intake Site at Convention Center

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

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

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

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

Meeting with Smart Border Coalition Board of Directors

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

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

Tour of USNS John Lewis

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

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

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


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

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

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

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

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

Here are the results:

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


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July 9, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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

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


San Ysidro Port of Entry and Tijuana River Valley Tour

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

Testing Vaccination and Resource Center Tour

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

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


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

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

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


Wildfire Safety Workshop

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


Visit to MCAS Miramar

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


Meeting with Members from Local Paralyzed Veterans of America Chapter

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


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

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

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

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.

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

Here are the results:

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


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

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