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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March 5, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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


Legislative work

Introduction of the POWER ON Act

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

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

For the People Act and the Justice in Policing Act

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

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


District work

Day of Action for the American Rescue Plan

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


This week's casework success story

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


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Mar 5, 2021

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February 26, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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

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


Legislative Work

Reintroduction of the Workforce Mobility Act

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

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

American Rescue Plan Act

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


District Work

Meeting with leaders of the Dawoodi Bohras community

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


Peace Corps Information Night

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

Click here or the graphic above to join!


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Feb 26, 2021

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February 19, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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

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


Legislative Work

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

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


District Work

Briefing with SANDAG

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

Meeting with Plant Diego

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

Meeting with the Regional Task Force on the Homeless

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


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Feb 19, 2021

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February 12, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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


Legislative work

House Committee on Energy and Commerce markup of COVID-19 relief budget reconciliation

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


District work

Conversation with NDN on New Dem 100 Day Agenda

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

Meeting with members of the San Diego Community College District

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

Meeting with service academy nominees

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


This week's casework success story

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


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Feb 12, 2021

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February 5, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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

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


Legislative work

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

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

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

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

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

Vote to pass budget resolution and start reconciliation process

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

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

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


Virtual town hall on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and distribution

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

Watch the recording of the virtual town tall, HERE.


Meeting with students from Congregation Beth Am

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


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

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

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

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

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

490 Responses: 68% Yes, 20.2% No, 3.3% Somewhat, 2.4% Not entirely, 6.1% Other


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

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Feb 5, 2021

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January 29, 2021

Dear friend,

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

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


Legislative work

Reintroduction of OPRA II

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


District work

San Diego in DC meeting

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


San Diego County COVID-19 vaccine information

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

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

Click here to make a vaccine appointment.


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


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

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


NEW: Participate in our weekly poll!

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

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

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


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

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

Jan 29, 2021

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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.


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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.

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


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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.

Jan 8, 2021

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