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Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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January 28, 2021

Dear friend,

Since February 2020, the world has grappled with a ruthless public health crisis due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Since then, 429,000 Americans have lost their lives due to this virus, including 2,465 San Diegans.

The development and approval of vaccines provide a glimmer of hope to finally end this pandemic, but distributing the COVID-19 vaccines and getting them into people’s arms proves to be a monumental task among local, state and federal governments.

Although the situation remains fluid, some San Diegans have concerns, including the order in which the public is being vaccinated, the number of doses available in hospitals, the way in which the public is being notified about important vaccine updates, and vaccine site information among others.

Please join us for an informative event next week. As part of our series of virtual town halls where I invite my colleagues in Congress and experts to present information to San Diegans, we'll discuss the state of the vaccine rollout in San Diego and provide updates on the continued efforts to fight this virus.

I will be joined by Dr. Shane Crotty from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology and Dr. Corinne McDaniels-Davidson, Director of the Institute for Public Health (IPH) at San Diego State University.


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Event Details

Date: Wednesday, February 3rd
Time: 5:00 - 6:15 P.M.
Location: Virtual via Cisco Webex - see link below

Attendees are welcome to join the town hall as early as 4:50 P.M. by clicking on the link below:

 

https://ushr.webex.com/ushr/onstage/g.php?MTID=e872b924319edb21c0febaac6f41c877d

 This event will also stream live on my Facebook page.


I look forward to hearing your thoughts on COVID-19, Congress, and how we're serving you in San Diego and Washington, D.C..

Sincerely,

Jan 28, 2021

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January 22, 2021

Dear friend,

This week, we carried out a democratic tradition that has defined our country for over 200 years: the peaceful transition of power. The inauguration ceremony looked different this year due to COVID-19 concerns and the threat of political violence, but the extraordinary measures taken to ensure a safe and organized event allowed the ceremony to run smoothly.

I was honored to attend and represent the 52nd district at this event and thank everyone involved who organized this ceremony, as well as the law enforcement officers who kept us safe. Click here for my statement on this historic inauguration.

President Biden and Vice President Harris have been in office for two days and already hit the ground running for the American people. The administration signed a series of executive orders to rejoin the Paris Agreement, require non-citizens to be included in the Census, reverse restrictions on entry for passport holders from seven Muslim-majority countries, and fortify the DACA program. To address COVID-19, President Biden signed additional orders to expand testing capacity, enhance the nation's collection, production, sharing, and analysis of COVID-19 data, and direct FEMA to create federally-supported community vaccination centers, among many others.

I applaud the administration's swift action on these pressing issues, but we know that our work is far from over. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.

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Click here for more pictures of my experience at the inauguration.


Co-sponsorship of resolution to remove deadline for ratification of the ERA

This week, a resolution I co-sponsored with Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14) was reintroduced to facilitate the expeditious ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). By removing the arbitrary deadline for ratification, the resolution clears up legal ambiguities and reaffirms Congress’ support for the ERA and women’s equality.


March for Our Lives town hall

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Before leaving for Washington, D.C., I joined Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53) for a town hall hosted by March for Our Lives San Diego. We discussed the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol, the second impeachment of former President Trump, and actions to combat gun violence in our schools and our nation. Giving the next generation a seat at the table is critical for building a better future.


Volunteers for Vaccination Super Station

UC San Diego Health and the County of San Diego are currently welcoming the support of volunteers at the Vaccination Super Station near Petco Park. They are asking for volunteers, including licensed medical professionals who can perform vaccinations, administrative professionals, and non-medical professionals. Shift times will vary, but generally last 8 hours per shift. The minimum age to volunteer is 18.

Visit UC San Diego Health's website for more information.

Reminder: Individuals in Phase 1A and those age 75 and older may currently visit county-hosted vaccination sites, including the Petco Park Super Station. Click here for vaccination appointments and locations. If no appointments are currently available at your nearest site, check back regularly for openings.


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

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Jan 22, 2021

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January 15, 2021

Dear friend,

This was another eventful week in our country's history as the consequences of the attack on the Capitol are still being felt. Security failures are being investigated, the House impeached President Trump again and now, a heavy National Guard presence is seen in Washington, D.C. ahead of President-elect Biden's inauguration.

We're still appalled and saddened by the violence seen on January 6th, but as the dust settles, we must remember that a great deal of work lies ahead.

San Diego families and businesses are in dire need of support to help them through the remainder of this pandemic. Yesterday, President-elect Biden announced his American Rescue Plan to control the virus and help our economy recover from this crisis. The plan is a strong start to getting the country back on its feet. I'm confident that the response to this pandemic will dramatically improve under the leadership of the incoming Biden-Harris administration. You can find my full statement on this plan 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.


Meeting with Congregation Beth Israel's new senior rabbi

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This week, I met with Congregation Beth Israel's new senior Rabbi Jason Nevarez. In times of division and polarization, the faith-based community plays an important role in the lives of many San Diegans to bring people together and foster kindness and empathy. I was glad to hear about the rabbi's vision for the congregation and look forward to working together in the future for the community.


Marine Corps Reserve Association meeting

I met with Lieutenant Colonel Stan Smith (Ret.), the San Diego chapter president of the Marine Corps Reserve Association. We spoke about the importance of keeping Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego. During our conversation, I restated my commitment to keeping MCRD here: San Diego has a long tradition of training the few, the proud and the brave, and that tradition will not cease on my watch. Our San Diego military bases serve as a critical deterrent to future Pacific wars and contribute significantly to the local economy.

The mission of the Marine Corps Reserve Association includes advancing the professional knowledge of the members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve and representing and assisting individual members and their families. I appreciated speaking with LtCol Smith about supporting the Marine Corps here in San Diego, a proud military town.


Taxpayers receiving second economic impact payments by debit card

To speed the delivery of economic impact payments to as many people as possible, the Treasury Department and the IRS are issuing millions of prepaid debit cards, along with paper checks and direct deposit.

If the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov shows a date on which your payment was mailed, you should watch your mail for either a paper check or debit card. The debit cards will be sent to those eligible who don't receive direct deposit. They arrive in a white envelope that prominently displays the U.S. Department of the Treasury seal (pictured here.)

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Click here for more information on the economic impact payment (EIP) card.


Information on the 59th Presidential Inauguration

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies remains committed to working with its many partners to execute safe inaugural ceremonies that showcase our democracy. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance for the 59th Presidential Inauguration was limited, and Congressional offices were unable to fulfill inauguration ticket requests. The ceremony will be made available to watch live online.

For a full schedule for the 59th Presidential Inauguration, click here.


To stay up to date on my work throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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.

Jan 15, 2021

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January 8, 2021

Dear friend,

The events that unfolded this week in Washington, D.C. mark a dark and heartbreaking chapter in American history.

On January 6th, our constitutional role as members of Congress was to certify Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' victory. Our role wasn't to change election results or entertain false claims of widespread voter fraud on the House and Senate floors.

As this process was taking place, a mob of rioters sought to directly interfere with our democracy. They were incited and encouraged by the president's lies and conspiracies surrounding the election. In total, five people lost their lives due to this insurrection, including a Capitol Police officer. 

This was a sad and humiliating day for Americans here at home and on the world stage. Countries around the world look to us as a model of a stable government fortified by a peaceful transfer of power. They did not recognize the United States of America as they watched the violence escalate inside and outside the U.S. Capitol.

Our democracy has survived many assaults in the past, and this event was no different. Our institutions and democratic traditions were put to the test this week. They proved their strength once again, but it’s clear that the president is a grave threat to this nation. The Vice President and cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment to immediately remove President Trump from office. It’s time for the members of this administration who’ve enabled the president to stop the destruction they’ve helped cause.

I want to thank my constituents for their concern during these past few days. I stand with my fellow members of Congress and assure you that we will not be intimidated as we continue to defend our democracy. It's an honor to serve you. Let's get to work.

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Click here to read my recent Op-Ed on this insurrection in the Union Tribune.


Information on vaccine administration in San Diego

The county is following state and federal guidelines as vaccines are being given in phases based on priority groups. To determine the groups, the county is working with the community through its COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group.

Click here for more on the clinical advisory group, COVID-19 vaccine phases, details on the authorized Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and important information for healthcare professionals.

Vaccines give us hope in the fight against COVID-19, but cases continue rising and ICUs in Southern California are reaching capacity. Please continue to wash your hands frequently, wear a mask and practice social distance. Everyone's health and well-being depend on our willingness to do our part.


Deadline extension: California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

To support our state's small business sector during this pandemic, the deadline for relief through a state-run grant program is extended until next Wednesday, January 13th. The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000 and businesses are eligible based on their annual revenue as documented in their most recent tax return. You can apply for relief here.

Reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a second draw PPP Loan. For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares


To stay up to date on my work throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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.

Jan 8, 2021

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December 23, 2020

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Dear friend,

Back in March, we didn't know what to expect when our world changed due to a virus called COVID-19. In the past few months, we've endured unprecedented challenges.

As coronavirus cases spiked, our country experienced profound events this year. A renewed dialogue on racial justice drew millions to the streets to demand change, countless businesses were forced to close their doors and millions lost their jobs before a record-breaking number of citizens cast votes for one of the most tumultuous presidential elections in history.

We've been through a lot this year, but better days are ahead.

It's not easy getting through a time of year that's usually filled with warmth and cheerful gatherings with friends, family, and peers. In 2020 we're all required to make sacrifices to stay safe and healthy. I want to thank you for your continued engagement and support. I wish you happy holidays, a merry Christmas and happy new year.


COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package

A few days ago, Congress passed a long-awaited COVID-19 emergency relief bill, as well as funding for all federal government operations. This bill awaits the President’s signature – I’ve urged him to sign this bipartisan deal as soon as possible. Here’s what’s in the relief package:

  • $120 billion for unemployment insurance (provides an additional $300/week to supplement state and federal unemployment benefits until March 2021.)
  • $166 billion for economic impact payments (one-time direct payments of $600 for individuals making up to $75,000 and $1,200 for couples making up to $150,000, as well as an extra $600 per eligible child dependent.)
  • $25 billion for emergency rental assistance.
  • $325 billion to support small business (includes $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and extends PPP through March 2021.)
  • $10 billion for child care.
  • Additional funds for FEMA, education, transportation, vaccine distribution, broadband, U.S. Postal Service, agriculture, grants for venue operators, and more.

This bipartisan and overdue agreement is a step in the right direction to provide Americans with the help they need now. Although Secretary Mnuchin was one of the negotiators who agreed to the deal, President Trump last night suddenly threatened to veto the relief package unless direct payments were raised from $600 to $2000. So tomorrow, House Democrats will offer to pass a bill to do that. While it remains to be seen if the Senate will accept this change, I'll continue to fight for passage, and for more relief for families and small businesses as we look forward to Joe Biden taking office in January. Click here to read more about this relief package.


Holiday Safety Guidelines

According to the CDC, the safest way to celebrate the holidays is to do so at home with people who live with you. Traveling and attending gatherings with family and friends who live outside of your household increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Click here for additional information on holiday celebrations and small gatherings.

San Diego County guidance for winter holidays also has recommendations for common activities and additional information on the regional temporary stay at home order, which remains in effect. I urge you to stay vigilant by washing your hands frequently, keeping social distance and wearing a mask to help stop this spread.


Please be aware that my office is closed from December 24th through January 1st. My staff and I look forward to responding to your inquiries until then. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


To stay up to date on my work throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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.

Dec 23, 2020

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December 18, 2020

Dear friend,

This week's news on the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine provided a glimmer of hope for all of us. We're one step closer to saving lives and a sense of normalcy, but the state of our hospitals' ICUs serves as a grim reminder that we must not let our guard down. Once again, I urge you to think of your safety and that of those around you by washing your hands frequently, avoiding large gatherings, keeping social distance and wearing a mask.

For additional resources and information, visit the county's COVID information page.

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

COVID-19 Relief

Americans need help now to get through the economic crisis caused by this pandemic. I look forward to voting for a relief bill as soon as Congressional leaders strike a deal. I'm confident that our leaders will put country over party to deliver and provide critical relief for families and businesses in the coming days.

Bipartisan Vaccine Awareness Bill

This week, I joined Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) and a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce a bill that would enhance COVID-19 vaccine awareness. It would help educate vulnerable communities and increase public trust in the vaccine's ability to control this virus. The bill provides funds for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide grants to entities to launch public awareness campaigns no less than 30 days after a vaccine is authorized. For more information on this bill, click here.


District Work

Meeting with Nene and Ekene Okolo

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This week, I spoke with two special students from Poway: Nene and Ekene Okolo. Together, these sisters created an engaging way to battle racism in their community through an Instagram account, Black in PUSD, in which they encourage students from Poway Unified and alumni of color to share their school experiences. During our conversation, we spoke about the story behind this initiative and Nene and Ekene's personal experiences with racism on campus. Looking ahead, they're working on having an ethnic studies course available to students in California public high schools. I look forward to continuing our discussions when I join their podcast in the future.

To learn more about Nene and Ekene's efforts highlighted in the Union-Tribune, click here.


Virtual Tour of Surgical Center of San Diego

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On Monday, I took a virtual tour of the Surgical Center of San Diego, which is operated as a partnership with UCSD Medical Center. During this virtual tour, the staff explained how COVID-19 has affected patients and the community, as well as the changes they made to ensure patient safety during the pandemic. We also discussed H.R.4350, the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2019. This bill establishes and modifies certain requirements relating to Medicare payments for ambulatory surgical center services. My district alone is home to 17 different ambulatory surgery centers.


This Week's Casework Success Story

William from Point Loma is a 70-year-old Vietnam combat veteran who reached out to our office for assistance with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) back in February. He had filed a claim in 2016 to increase his service-connected disability compensation rating. My staff sent various inquiries and followed up with VA regarding William's claim. This month, VA notified William and my office that his disability rating was increased with a retroactive payment of $11,000. William earned a Bronze Star for his combat service in Vietnam, and I thank him for his bravery and sacrifices on behalf of our nation.


To stay up to date on my work throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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.

Dec 18, 2020

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December 11, 2020

Dear friend,

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at alarming rates throughout the country, I urge you to continue washing your hands, wearing a mask and practicing social distance for your safety and that of those around you.

San Diego County is under renewed restrictions due to ICU bed capacity dropping below 15%. Be aware that county COVID-19 drive-up testing sites will temporarily convert to appointment-only due to long lines and safety concerns. Visit 2-1-1 San Diego's website for more information.

For resources and information on the temporary stay home order, small business stimulus grants and rent relief for up to $3,000, visit the county's COVID information page.

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

My Bill to Create VA Support Network Becomes Law

On Saturday night, my Sergeant Daniel Somers Veterans Network of Support Act became law. It was signed by the president as part of the bipartisan COMPACT Act, a comprehensive package of bills dedicated to reducing veteran suicide and boosting their mental health.

The Sergeant Daniel Somers Veterans Network of Support Act directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create a network of support with designated family members and friends of veterans to help their loved ones navigate life after service. The information would specify the benefits and assistance the VA and other state and local government agencies offer to veterans, including mental health resources that could reduce the risk of suicide and potentially save lives.

The passage of this bill would have never been possible without the tireless advocacy of my constituents, Howard and Jean Somers. Their son, Army Veteran Sgt. Daniel Somers, died by suicide in 2013 after two tours in Iraq. I owe the success of this bill to them as it becomes part of their son's legacy.

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Rep. Peters meets with Jean & Howard Somers to discuss progress on the bill in 2019.

The National Defense Authorization Act

On Tuesday, the House passed the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, a bipartisan bill agreed upon by both the House and Senate that finalizes defense-related funding levels and sets policy for the coming year. It now moves to the president's desk for his signature.

The bill contains my Veteran HOUSE Act of 2020, which expands eligibility for the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program to allow veterans with other-than-honorable discharges access to supportive housing benefits.

The NDAA, which authorizes $732 billion in defense spending, includes several other wins for San Diego and the nation. To find out more, read our release on the bill, HERE.


District Work

Axios x Google Virtual Roundtable:

Powering Economic Opportunity

Axios Media Reporter Sara Fischer and Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried led a virtual roundtable discussion on the role of digital tools in continuing education and skills-based training. Policymakers, business leaders, and other experts shared their insights on the challenges, solutions, and the path forward for a prosperous economic recovery.

This was the third and final event in the series that focused on the educational gaps exacerbated by COVID-19, virtual education access, and the impact of the digital divide. I discussed some of the lessons we've learned so far, including the continued need for rural broadband access. Inequities in access to information lead to greater inequities in our communities, so the government is called upon to invest in this crucial infrastructure. We must also look ahead to the future and foster the growth of 5G technology to keep up with the rest of the world.


Student Loan Clinic with Student Debt Crisis and Savi

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I kicked off an online webinar on student loans and debt with Student Debt Crisis and Savi, a startup connecting millions of Americans with student loan debt to better repayment and forgiveness options.

Current tuition costs hinder future opportunities for our students and make it harder for them to succeed. During our conversation, I discussed my own college experience and how I was able to afford it thanks to work-study programs and low-interest student loans. I also spoke about possible solutions, such as targeted student loan forgiveness to help those who need the most support.


This Week's Casework Success Story

UC San Diego contacted my office in October for assistance with a J1 Visa for Dr. Zahiri to come research the molecular bases of viral diseases like COVID-19 and other disorders. Dr. Zahiri had trouble scheduling an interview at a US Consulate due to service limitations at many locations. My office staff worked with UC San Diego and Dr. Zahiri to expedite his interview given the urgent nature of his research and provided a letter of consideration to support his application. This week, the US Consulate granted an expedited interview and approved Dr. Zahiri's visa shortly thereafter. He will arrive soon so he can begin his timely work.


To stay up to date on my work throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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.

Dec 11, 2020

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December 10, 2020

Dear Friend,

Covered California’s Open Enrollment season is here, which means San Diegans can sign up for health care coverage or make changes to their existing plan. Sign up by December 15th for coverage starting January 1st. Open Enrollment ends January 31, 2021.

This annual enrollment period is your chance to find a plan that will best serve you and your family. You can make changes to your existing insurance or select a new option if your current plan isn’t meeting your needs.

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Visit CoveredCA.com to review your benefits, compare plans, and purchase coverage. Covered California offers insurance from major health care companies, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, SHARP, Kaiser Permanente, and others that meet all the state and federal requirements. You can also check your eligibility for Medi-Cal, which offers free or low-cost health coverage for children and adults with limited income, and find other resources dedicated to helping you secure the best fit at an affordable rate.

To learn more about Covered California’s Open Enrollment process, you can head over to Covered California’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Sincerely,

Dec 10, 2020

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December 4, 2020

Dear friend,

I hope you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and well. 

San Diego is experiencing record-breaking winds that can be dangerous for residents who are not prepared with the latest information and a plan. Due to red flag warnings, communities may experience public safety power shutoffs over the weekend to mitigate potential wildfire risk. My staff and I are monitoring the situation closely and advise San Diegans in need to refer to 211 San Diego's updates and resources.

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

Problem Solvers Caucus: COVID-19 Relief Framework

This week, I joined my colleagues in the House Problem Solvers Caucus and a bipartisan group of senators to announce a bipartisan, bicameral framework for emergency COVID-19 relief.

People like you are counting on Congress to help your families, businesses, and communities recover from this brutal public health and economic crisis. This four-month package offers an urgent and fair solution that puts country over party and provides critical support to those struggling across the country.

Following its release, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that our proposal should be the basis for immediate negotiations. The House and Senate are currently working to come to a consensus on a final package that could be passed as early as next Monday or Tuesday.

Congress must put partisanship aside and act as one for the good of the nation; this framework is a good start.

ALSIC 2020 Champion for Health Innovation Award

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I was honored to receive the 2020 Champion of Health Care Innovation Award from the American Life Sciences Innovation Council (ALSIC) on Wednesday.

The ALSIC, along with other groups such as Biocom, work hard to promote our nation's advancement in the life sciences field. This meeting also included members from the local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Chronic Care Coalition and the Autism Society. 

In the new year and onwards, I will continue the fight to protect and foster important policies that position America as a leading force in research, development, and innovation.


District Work

Meeting with Congressional App Challenge Winner: Edmund Sumpena

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On Monday, I spoke with Edmund Sumpena, this year's 52nd district Congressional App Challenge winner. Edmund is a junior at Westview High School and created the “WanderGuardian” mobile app, an early detection system for those with dementia who wander. “WanderGuardian” uses artificial intelligence to help protect individuals with dementia from injury or even death by using geofencing and notifying caregivers when a patient leaves a safe zone. 

The Congressional App Challenge is the most prestigious prize in student computer science. I'm proud to foster the sciences through legislation in Congress as well as the potential for future generations. Congratulations, Edmund! Keep up the great work!


This Week's Casework Success Story

Kurt from Pacific Beach contacted my office regarding his application for a Coast Guard captain’s license. He had recently become a boat captain and obtaining his license would allow him to earn more money, but a delay in the license approval process was leading to financial hardship. His company dealt with a shortage of captains, so the delay was also hurting the business. My staff worked with Kurt to gather the necessary documents to submit an inquiry, and his license was issued shortly thereafter.

"Working with Congressman Peters' office...was great. They were incredibly efficient and helped me obtain my 100 ton Masters License from the United States Coast Guard in a timely manner." 

- Kurt from Pacific Beach


Final Reminder: Medicare Enrollment Deadline is Monday

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If you are a recipient of Medicare benefits, there are only four days left to secure your 2021 health care plan. If you haven't already, make sure you renew or update your coverage before the Dec. 7 deadline.

Visit medicare.gov now to find a plan that matches your needs.


To stay up to date on my work throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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.

Dec 4, 2020

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November 25, 2020

Dear friend,

While Thanksgiving is typically a time of abundance for which we are grateful as well as togetherness, this year millions of Americans are still struggling to pay rents, survive food insecurity and lacking quality health care needed to beat COVID-19. With weeks left in the 116th Congress, I remain committed to work across the aisle in Congress to secure support for Americans in the middle of this public health and economic crisis. I'm hopeful that the 117th Congress, in a new partnership with incoming President Joe Biden, will allow us to control this pandemic and provide the country with the full-fledged support it needs.  

I have much to be grateful for and there is no better time to express my gratitude. 


To our Frontline and Essential Workers

Our healthcare workers were heroes long before the pandemic, but this virus continues to show us how far doctors, nurses and others are willing to go to serve their patients, even at the expense of their own health and well-being. These individuals make sacrifices in their own lives by spending time apart from loved ones and working harder than ever as they witness the human toll of this virus in hospital rooms and hallways. 

The dedication and commitment of other frontline and essential workers was and is critical to our resilience. Farm workers, grocery store employees, volunteers, non-profits, and local food banks are making sure we're nourished and fed. Educators and child care professionals are guiding and teaching future generations during constant change and uncertainty. Small business owners are supporting their communities while struggling to keep their workers employed and doors open. 

San Diego-based innovation continues to play a vital role in the fight against the coronavirus. At least 60 biotech companies in San Diego County are currently developing COVID-19 treatments, vaccines or tests. Academic and research institutions also contribute to this valuable effort. Thank you all for your hard work. 

To my Constituents

I'm grateful for another opportunity to serve you in Congress. I count on your engagement with my office, but also with your government at every level and the institutions that form our democracy. Your contributions to this great district continue to inspire my service to you in Washington, D.C. 

To my staff

My staff, both in San Diego and Washington, D.C., has graciously adjusted to a new normal. I want to thank them for their hard work, patience and resourcefulness while working from home. Modern technology connects us in unprecedented ways, but nothing replaces face-to-face interaction with all of you. I miss being in the room with all of you and look forward to seeing every member of Team Peters in person when it's safe and possible. 


Thank you, Padres!

This year, San Diegans enjoyed a thrilling Padres season. Every hit, every home run, (including a record-breaking number of consecutive grand slams) every strikeout and every catch made for an unforgettable season that cheered us up when we needed it. Thank you, Padres for helping us keep the hope alive. We'll get 'em next year!


National and State Health Guidelines

Please be aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise Americans to avoid travel this Thanksgiving holiday and to only gather with people within your same household. Click here for more information on holiday safety guidelines.

While in the purple tier, San Diego is currently under the Governors' limited stay-at-home order. This order requires Californians to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with some exceptions. For more information on this order, visit the California Department of Public Health's website.

Please continue washing your hands, wearing a mask and practicing social distance for your safety and that of those around you.


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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.

Nov 25, 2020

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