Since 2013

$10,487,106 DOLLARS RETURNED TO SAN DIEGANS

Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Climate Playbook Updates

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July 2, 2021

Dear friend,

Thanks to decreasing COVID-19 cases and high vaccination rates, we are able to gather once again to celebrate our country's independence this year. While not all fireworks displays will take place, there will be several celebrations across the county. Please stay safe and enjoy this year’s Fourth of July!

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

Resolution to Curb Methane Emissions Becomes Law

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On Wednesday, I joined President Biden at the White House as he signed a resolution I co-led with Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17) to reinstate methane regulations for oil and gas operations into law.

This is one of the most important actions we've ever taken to combat the climate crisis.

In 2020, the Trump administration rescinded critical methane capture rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration. The reversal weakened, and in some cases eliminated, requirements that oil and natural gas companies limit methane from their operations.

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I joined a group of my colleagues and Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a bill enrollment ceremony one day before our resolution got signed into law by the president.

There is more work to be done, but Republicans and Democrats united behind this important action because climate change is real and requires real solutions.

Discussion on POWER On Act during Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing

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On Tuesday, I discussed the Prevent Outages with Energy Resiliency Options Nationwide (POWER ON) Act during an Energy Subcommittee hearing. I authored this bill to boost grid reliability, help decarbonize the power sector, adapt the grid to withstand the effects of climate change, and lower electricity costs for consumers.

Patricia Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Electricity of the
U.S. Department of Energy served as a witness during this hearing. I asked her if the Biden Administration can reach its goal of achieving a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 without authorizing backstop authority for the federal government to ensure the construction of interregional transmission projects.

Ms. Hoffman responded that the Department of Energy can do a lot with existing authorities and continued collaboration with states. She also agreed that we have a national interest in interstate transmission, a need to move clean energy from remote areas to demand centers, and the need to support a strong power grid that will withstand emergency events.

Military Transition Assistance Pathway Caucus

This week, I proudly agreed to serve as the Democratic co-chair of the Military Transition Assistance Pathway (MTAP) Caucus. This bipartisan caucus will support and advocate on behalf of military servicemembers who return to civilian life, advance policies that improve services and resources for them, address gaps of care, and honor the service of our nation’s servicemembers and their families. As representative of a military town like San Diego, I'm well aware that a return to civilian life presents unique challenges. It’s an honor to support this community and I look forward to continuing to serve on their behalf.


Meeting with Poway High School Students

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On Wednesday, I met with students from Poway High School. We discussed the importance of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field for students, especially those in underserved communities. We also discussed the need for STEM funding to engage students and promote the expansion of and access to these programs.


Naturalization Ceremony at USS Midway Museum

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Today, I spoke at a military naturalization ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum, during which 20 active duty servicemembers became citizens of the United States, making me among the first to address them as "my fellow Americans." I'm grateful for their service, sacrifice, and dedication to our nation. Congratulations to them on their new citizenship on this Independence Day weekend!


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:

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?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: Today, Vice President Harris visited the southern border in El Paso, Texas for the first time since taking office and being tasked with leading diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants. How do you feel about her visit to the border?

Here are the results:

353 Responses: 28% The timing was right; she needed to visit now. 38% The timing was too late; she should have visited sooner. 6.5% There was no need for a border visit; we have other priorities. 27.5% 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.

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June 25, 2021

Dear friend,

Summer is officially here and as the weather heats up, some parts of San Diego County are experiencing dangerously high temperatures. We are well aware how these dry and hot weather conditions may lead to devastating wildfires. Please keep your communities safe by learning how to prepare for and prevent a fire.

Some vaccination sites around San Diego are beginning to wind down operations as demand decreases, but you can still receive your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven't done so yet. Click here for more information.

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

Resolution to Reinstate Methane Emissions Regulations

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This week, the House voted to pass a resolution I co-led to reinstate methane regulations for oil and gas operations. Rules set by the Obama Administration in 2012 and 2016 regulated methane pollution from American oil and gas companies due to methane's significant contribution to climate change. Last year, the Trump Administration rescinded those rules in a reversal that made it easier for the oil and gas industry to emit this dangerous greenhouse gas into our atmosphere.

Our measure, which uses powers from the Congressional Review Act, rejects rules the Trump Administration implemented. It will immediately reinstate requirements that prevent dangerous emissions from facilities that were exempted under the previous administration.

I spoke about the importance of this resolution on Tuesday during a House Committee on Rules hearing and again during a speech on the House floor earlier today.

Click here to learn more about this resolution.


Hearing on Department of Defense’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

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On Thursday, I attended the House Budget Committee's hearing on the Department of Defense’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget. The hearing's witnesses were the Hon. Michael J. McCord, Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer and Vice Admiral Ronald A. Boxall, Director of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J8). I asked how the Department of Defense's services are prioritizing modernization of infrastructure and what that would mean for my district, including the revitalization of the Naval Information Warfare System Command (NAVWAR) facilities.

I also applauded how MCAS Miramar's energy microgrid enhances energy resiliency and asked how Congress can support the Department of Defense's efforts to address the climate crisis while strengthening our force.


Meeting with the Council on American-Islamic Relations

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Later on Thursday, I met with students and leaders from the San Diego Chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations. This meeting was part of the US Council of Muslim Organization's 2021 Advocacy Day. We discussed the ongoing suffering due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the need to combat Islamophobia domestically and internationally, and reuniting families who are still struggling due to the prior administration's Muslim Ban. While many of the issues we discussed are complex, I remain committed to working together for solutions.


Meeting Craft Brewers Association Members

I also met with Lori Ajax, executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association and Virginia Morrison, co-founder of Second Chance Beer Co which is headquartered in the 52nd district. We discussed crucial programs that assist small hospitality businesses, as well as other legislation that can support their agricultural partners in the hops and barley industries.


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, Vice President Harris visited the southern border in El Paso, Texas for the first time since taking office and being tasked with leading diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants. How do you feel about her visit to the border?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: Juneteenth, the day which commemorates the end of slavery, is now a federal holiday after swift votes in Congress and being signed into law by President Biden. Do you believe recognizing this date on a national level will lead to a more equal and fair future in our country?

Here are the results:

310 Responses: 48.4% Yes; this was long-overdue and necessary to come to terms with present inequities. 17.1% No; this is only symbolic. There was no need to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. 15.2% I don't believe this makes a difference for our country. 19.3% 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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Jun 25, 2021

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June 18, 2021

Dear friend,

San Diegans finally breathed a sigh of relief -- without a mask in many cases -- as California's economy fully reopened this past Tuesday. Over 1.7 million individuals in San Diego County over the age of 12 trusted the science and are fully vaccinated. Thanks to this tremendous effort, we can safely resume the activities we were unable to do for over a year. We celebrate how far we've come, but also honor those we've lost along the way as well as our essential workers and health care experts.

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

OPRA II and Juneteenth

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This week, the House passed the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II (OPRA II) under unanimous consent. This bill will simplify the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant's waiver process, further reduce the facility's pollution output to the ocean, and increase our region's supply of fresh water. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill that delivers a big win to the city of San Diego. Click here to watch my full remarks.

After passing by unanimous consent in the Senate, the House also voted to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. President Biden signed this bill into law yesterday. Celebrated by Black communities for years, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in our country. This holiday will give us time to reflect on our history and honor the ongoing struggle for equality and justice for Black Americans.

Moment of Silence for COVID-19 Victims

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On Monday, I joined a bipartisan group of House and Senate members to honor the 600,000 Americans who have died due to COVID-19. This number is a grim reminder of the mark this virus left on our communities. As we move forward and continue our recovery, we will never forget those who lost their lives due to this pandemic.

Meeting with Sergeant Major Troy E. Black

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On Thursday, I met with Sergeant Major Troy E. Black, who serves as the 19th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Marine Corps. We discussed some of the greatest challenges facing San Diego's military community and how I can best continue my work to support those who serve.


District Work

Vaccines 4 Teens Event

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This morning, I held a press conference at Rady Children's Hospital to discuss the importance of COVID-19 vaccines for everyone, including adolescents. During this event, we recognized Genevieve and Olin Shockley from Scripps Ranch who participated in Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Study in Adolescents this past December and January. We owe a debt of gratitude to these teenagers who bravely committed to the two-year study to help pull us out of this public health crisis.

Dr. John Bradley, Medical Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rady Children's Hospital, also spoke about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you to the hospital's staff for your hard work and for hosting us today, and the Shockley family for your selfless contributions.

Change of Command at MCRD San Diego

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This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the change of command ceremony at the historic Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD). I thank outgoing Brigadier General Ryan Heritage for his leadership as the Marine Corps continued recruiting and developing new Marines during COVID-19, and his excellent work to integrate women into recruit training in San Diego for the first time. I look forward to working closely with Briagadier General Jason Morris as MCRD loosens COVID restrictions and resumes normal operations.


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:

 Juneteenth, the day which commemorates the end of slavery, is now a federal holiday after swift votes in Congress and being signed into law by President Biden. Do you believe recognizing this date on a national level will lead to a more equal and fair future in our country?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: President Biden is currently in Europe on his first international trip since taking office. Do you believe his work will help reestablish ties between the U.S. and our partners around the world?

Here are the results:

300 Responses: 67% Yes, it's important to remind world leaders that the U.S. is a partner, not an adversary. 22% No, I don't think his work will help U.S. foreign relations. 7.3% I believe our foreign ties have always remained strong over the years. 3.7% Other


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

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Jun 18, 2021

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June 11, 2021

Dear friend,

San Diego County health officials notified the public that we're moving to the yellow tier ahead of a full reopening next week on June 15. This tier signifies a minimal spread of COVID-19 in our region. Now, the County’s new adjusted case rate is only 1.2 cases per 100,000 people.

The pandemic has caused so much pain and devastation, but we've come a long way since March 2020 with the help of science and people like you who made sacrifices to stay safe.

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


This Week's Casework Success Story

Richard from Mira Mesa contacted the office to request assistance with reinstating the tax-exempt status of a local non-profit that serves children in foster care. He works as the executive director of this organization and noticed the Internal Revenue Service had revoked the tax-exempt status due to late filing. Richard had filed the return in time thanks to the extended deadline established due to COVID-19. Upon reaching out to the IRS with proof of filing and date in which the return was submitted, IRS acknowledged the system error. This week, IRS officials reinstated the tax-exempt status of Richard's organization.


Committee Work

"A Humane Response: Prioritizing the Well-Being of Unaccompanied Children" Hearing

O&I with JooYeun Chang

On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (of the Committee on Energy and Commerce) held a hearing on prioritizing the well-being of unaccompanied children. Acting Assistant Secretary JooYeun Chang at the Department of Health and Human Services provided an update on how the department is caring for these minors while in government custody. We discussed San Diego's role in this effort and the collaboration with local leaders that led to the temporary shelter at the Convention Center.

INVEST in America Act Funds for San Diego

Yesterday, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the INVEST in America Act, which now moves to the House floor. This surface transportation bill authorizes funding for transit projects across the country, including three local transit projects my office requested. The bill allocates $25 million for San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) Central Mobility Hub Pre-Construction Project, $5.6 million for the City of San Diego’s Downtown Mobility Phase 3A construction project, and $800,000 for the Port of San Diego’s Harbor Drive 2.0 project.

Two of these projects were jointly requested with Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53) and Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51). I want to thank them for their partnerships, as well as the City of San Diego, the Port of San Diego and SANDAG for submitting these proposals.

Click here to learn more.


District Work

Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month Virtual Event

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Click image to watch CBS 8's story on this event.

On Thursday, I hosted a virtual event to recognize June as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. CBS 8's Marcella Lee moderated the event and shared her personal connections with the disease as she discussed her mother's journey with Alzheimer's. Dr. James Brewer from UC San Diego, Dr. Jerold Chun from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and Ana González Seda from the Alzheimer's Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter shared their expertise during our discussion. They spoke about the importance of the 52nd district's thriving life sciences sector, the scope of their research to understand this disease, and the steps we can take to support our health and those who already suffer from Alzheimer's.

If you missed our event, you can watch it here.

Briefing at U.S. Consulate in Tijuana and Tour of Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Site

Earlier today, the San Diego Congressional Delegation visited the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana and the future site of the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry. During our time at the consulate, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-50), Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53), and Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) and I received a briefing on immigration, COVID-19 recovery and efforts to curb pollution in the Tijuana River Valley. SANDAG and CalTrans officials then joined us at the Otay Mesa site and provided updates on the construction of the new port of entry, freeway connections and congestion pricing.

Meeting with the National Live Events Coalition

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On Tuesday, I met with representatives from the National Live Events Coalition to discuss the impacts of COVID-19. The pandemic left many coalition members, including women-owned small businesses, struggling to stay afloat. We discussed the need for Congress to continue supporting these industries who work tirelessly behind the scenes and boost our broader economy.

Meeting on LOSSAN Realignment 

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On Monday, I joined Del Mar Mayor Terry Gaasterland and other Del Mar city staff for a discussion on the relocation of the rail line from the coastal bluffs in Del Mar. The 351-mile LOSSAN Corridor is the second busiest intercity passenger rail corridor in the United States that travels through six counties in Southern California. We spoke about the need for state collaboration with federal action as well as the importance of the line to our regional economy.


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:

President Biden is currently in Europe on his first international trip since taking office. Do you believe his work will help reestablish ties between the U.S. and our partners around the world?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: An indicator of our COVID-19 recovery is the recent surge in travel. The Transportation Security Administration workforce screened over 5 million travelers at airports across the country over Memorial Day weekend. Have you recently traveled by plane or booked tickets to fly for a summer vacation?

Here are the results:

256 Responses: 22.7% I recently traveled by plane. 25.8% I haven't traveled by plane recently, but already have plans to fly during the summer. 42.6% I haven't traveled by plane recently and don't have plans to travel by plane anytime soon. 5.1% I only travel by car.3.8% 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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Jun 11, 2021

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June 7, 2021

 

Dear friend,

As we recognize the month of June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, my office continues serving the people I represent by holding informational seminars that can improve their lives.

Alzheimer’s is the third-leading cause of death in San Diego County. According to estimates, over 84,000 San Diegans are currently living with either Alzheimer’s or another dementia. My work in Congress to increase federal investments in the National Institutes of Health, including funds for Alzheimer’s and brain research, is critical to understand this disease and ultimately find a cure.

In observance of this month, we will be hosting a virtual seminar this Thursday featuring the following experts:

  • James Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Department of Neurosciences, Professor, Departments of Neurosciences and Radiology, Director, Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Director, Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study Imaging Core at University of California, San Diego

  • Jerold Chun, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Neuroscience Drug Discovery and Center for Genetic Disorders and Aging Research at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

  • Ana González Seda, MPH, Director of Programs, Alzheimer's Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter

CBS 8's Marcella Lee, who has a personal family connection to this disease, will also be joining to help moderate this discussion.

My hope is that families affected by this disease can learn more about the work of our local research community, and how to access resources their family might need to help manage Alzheimer's and its effects.


Event Details

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Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:30 P.M. (PST)
Location: Virtual via Zoom - Click here to register!

You can also watch live on Facebook.


For questions, please contact my 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, Poway and Coronado.

Sincerely,

Jun 7, 2021

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June 4, 2021

Dear friend,

This week I continued my work here in San Diego and enjoyed attending functions in person once again. Virtual events became our new normal, but nothing compares to engaging and spending time in each other's presence. I'm encouraged by our progress to put COVID-19 behind us so we can resume the lives we had before the pandemic.

Thank you for doing your part to stay safe and to keep those around you safe as well by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask. If you haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, click here for information.

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

Dora from Mira Mesa reached out to my office in April concerning an issue with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). They terminated her Medicare benefits stating that she had not paid six months of premiums, even though she had proof of payment. We sent this case to the local SSA field office in Kearny Mesa and the local office sent the case to the SSA Processing Center for a review. By mid-May, SSA staff took a closer look and resolved the case.

My Mother asked that I THANK YOU for helping her and getting results so quickly. Her Medicare has been reinstated...She had all her payment records, but no one would take the information and audit her file to confirm the payments had been made. She is 81 years old and this really wore her down with worry. Scott Peters and his team do care and get results!”

- Yvette, Dora's daughter


AFGE Western Regional Council of Prisons Caucus

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On Tuesday, I delivered opening remarks at the general session for the AFGE Western Regional Council of Prisons Caucus. I welcomed members to San Diego and highlighted my commitment to improve pay and benefits, increase staff, and help members and families who were hurt by COVID-19. Prison guards work long hours under stressful conditions to keep our communities safe. We honor their work and sacrifices during the pandemic, and continue to support their mission.


Virtual Coffee & Conversation with Healthcare Leadership Council

On Wednesday, I joined members of the Healthcare Leadership Council for a broad conversation on health care and my related work in Congress. I discussed my support for the Affordable Care Act, the importance of innovation and genome sequencing, the success of Operation Warp Speed, continued support for the National Institutes of Health, and telemedicine in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. I also spoke about my support for the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act to enhance our nation’s nurse and physician workforce during the pandemic by recapturing unused immigrant visas.


San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Congressional Conversation

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I joined my peers Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), and Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's Virtual Congressional Conversation on Wednesday. This event gave the San Diego Congressional Delegation the opportunity to weigh in on the region's most important issues. I answered questions on the future of our economy, discussed my positive outlook on job creation and ways to keep our country competitive, and the need to stay at the forefront of science and innovation, among other issues.


Virtual Forum on Central American Security, Economic Prosperity, and Migration

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On Thursday, I joined the Institute of the Americas for a virtual forum to discuss challenges and opportunities in Central America’s Northern Triangle Region. The institute is a non-profit policy center at UC San Diego that hosts workshops and conferences on critical issues in the Americas. We spoke about the United States' efforts to fix our immigration system, how we've interacted with Central American governments in the past, and climate change as a threat to our national security. I also discussed my thoughts on President Biden's recent proposal to address factors driving migration from Central America to our border region and beyond. 


BAPACSD American Rescue Plan Congressional Panel

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I also joined the San Diego Chapter of the Black American Political Association of California on Thursday to discuss the American Rescue Plan. I discussed the relief bill's impact on the Black community, how the pandemic disproportionately hurt communities of color, and the systemic inequalities that existed long before the pandemic. Thank you to BAPACSD for your continued work and engagement on behalf of the African American community.


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 indicator of our COVID-19 recovery is the recent surge in travel. The Transportation Security Administration workforce screened over 5 million travelers at airports across the country over Memorial Day weekend. Have you recently traveled by plane or booked tickets to fly for a summer vacation?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. Last week's question was: Many states are offering incentives for residents to become vaccinated against COVID-19. Do you believe these incentives (cash, products, food/drinks etc.) are a good investment to protect the public health?

Here are the results:

251 Responses: 48.2% Yes; they may convince those who are undecided to get vaccinated which benefits all of us. 23.1% No; incentives won’t change the minds of those who refuse to get vaccinated. 10.8% Don’t Know; I’m not sure if this approach will work or if this is a good investment. 17.9% 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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Jun 4, 2021

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What's Inside

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

education

$130,000,000+
IN EDUCATION

science

$248,000,000+
IN SCIENCE

justice

$4,600,000+
IN JUSTICE

June 2021 Grants Update

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

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

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


Dear friend, 

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Scott Peters

Recent Federal Funding Awarded in the 52nd Congressional District

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

Before you apply

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

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

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


Agriculture

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

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Health

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


Energy

Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2021

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

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Defense

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


Education

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

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

CFDA Number: 84.425 – Education Stabilization Fund

93.242 -- Mental Health Research Grants

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

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

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

93.989 -- International Research and Research Training

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Arts

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

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

Jun 1, 2021

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May 28, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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

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


This Week's Casework Success Story

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


Legislative Work

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

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


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

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

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


District Work

World Trade Month Roundtable

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


Senior Scam Stopper Seminar

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

- Be skeptical 

- Be cautious with technology 

- Do not disclose your personal information to unsolicited callers 

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

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


Congressional Art Competition Virtual Reception

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

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


Tour of PedWest Facility at San Ysidro Port of Entry

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

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


Participate in Our Weekly Poll!

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

Many states are offering incentives for residents to become vaccinated against COVID-19. Do you believe these incentives (cash, products, food/drinks etc.) are a good investment to protect the public health?

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

Here are the results:

297 Responses: 41.2% Yes, the events of Jan. 6 shed light on major security weaknesses that need to be fixed. 25.3% I support more security at the Capitol, but this amount is too high. 25% No, I don't believe Congress needed these funds for more security. 8% Other


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

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May 28, 2021

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May 21, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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

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


Legislative Work

Votes This Week

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

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

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

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

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


Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Executive Committee Meeting

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


Visit to Arlington National Cemetery

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


2021 Congressional Art Competition

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


Participate in our Weekly Poll!

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

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

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

Here are the results:

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


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

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

May 21, 2021

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May 20, 2021

 

Dear friend,

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

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

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

See times and event details below.


World Trade Month Roundtable

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

Senior Scam Stopper Seminar

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


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

Stay safe and be well,

May 20, 2021

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