Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

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February 1, 2019

Dear Friend,

After 35 days, the partial government shutdown is finally over. It should not have lasted as long as it did, but I’m relieved the entire government is working for the people again.

Some of my colleagues said the shutdown was a fight for better security, but I disagree. During the shutdown, many agencies critical to our national security and public safety closed or furloughed their employees. Some essential employees at these agencies were forced to work without pay, called in sick, or just quit. 

Share Your Thoughts

Listening to San Diegans is one of my most important jobs. I’d like to know where you stand. Share your thoughts and join my email updates.

Is shutting down the government a responsible way to negotiate?

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Working to Re-open the Government

I voted to re-open the federal government eleven times during the shutdown and continued to urge my Senate colleagues to pass these bills and send them to the president's desk. Unfortunately, the majority of these efforts did not advance past the House.

Here’s how I voted:

  • On the first day of the new Congress, I voted for two bipartisan packages of six bills that would reopen six of the seven federal agencies closed by the shutdown. I also voted in favor of temporary funding for the Department of Homeland Security while we continued border security negotiations.
  • On January 15 and 23, I voted for two bills to temporarily reopen the government and end the shutdown.
  • Last week, I voted on five separate bills to reopen shuttered federal agencies based on bipartisan agreements. This ensured that government agencies dealing with tax refunds, housing and transportation, nutrition and farming subsidies, national parks, and disaster relief efforts could serve the American people.

Members of Congress must do their jobs and put the American people first. It’s irresponsible to shut the government down because we can’t agree on a real budget and can’t get past partisan bickering.


Fair Pay for Public Servants

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I helped pass the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019 this week to give thousands of civilian federal employees a 2.6 percent pay increase – just as members of the military received this year. San Diegans who dedicated their careers to public service, especially those who are now struggling to pay bills because of the 35-day shutdown, are more than deserving of this pay raise.

The shutdown may be over for now, but it continues to effect American families. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find efficient, fact-based solutions for border security and keep the government open.

Sincerely,

Feb 1, 2019

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January 18, 2019

Dear Friend,

In San Diego, we know real border security does not mean spending billions on a new wall that won't do anything to make us safer. I was honored to deliver last week's Democratic Weekly Address urging the Senate and President Trump to consider sensible, cost-effective, bipartisan border security measures instead of holding the government and federal workers hostage to a wall that's never going to get built.

There are bipartisan border security measures we can all support. Let's get the government open, so we can start working on them. 


Democratic Weekly Address

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Click here to watch Rep. Peters' address.


You can read more about the address in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Sincerely,

Jan 18, 2019

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December 21, 2018

Dear Friend,

As we conclude 2018 and prepare to enter a new session of Congress, I’m thankful to represent San Diego, Coronado, and Poway.

This year was filled with both challenges and accomplishments for the U.S. and San Diego, but our region’s people, innovation, and spirit continue to drive our mission even as national headlines distract from the truth and seek to divide us.  


Serving San Diegans

Team Peters has been hard at work in San Diego and in Washington. Here’s a look at what we’ve done to serve you and deliver results for San Diegans:

2018 Savings

 

We returned $485,333 to San Diegans, who had trouble retrieving backlogged funds from the IRS, Social Security, the VA, and more.

San Diegans Helped

 

In all, our office helped 579 San Diegans navigate federal agencies, get answers, and find a solution. If you can't get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, you can contact my office for help.

 

While we cannot guarantee you a favorable outcome, we will do our best to help you get a fair and timely response.


Hearing from You

Letters, Calls, Emails

 

We answered 52,381 of your calls, letters, and emails about issues important to you. Every letter, email, and call is read and answered because I want you to feel your voice is heard and to know where I stand. Your input is always welcome.

Community Meetings

 

We attended 381 community meetings and events to update you on our work in Congress and to hear directly from each part of the district. We also presented 1,170 certificates to San Diegans making a difference in their communities.


Taking San Diego's Solutions to Washington

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We arranged 1,001 tours for San Diegans visiting D.C. and I hope you’ll let us know if you’re ever in town.

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We introduced 9 bills and resolutions and cosponsored 161 more. You can sign up for legislative updates, based on the issues you care about here or visit my website for the latest news.

Dec 21, 2018

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November 30, 2018

Dear Friend,

All Americans deserve access to quality, affordable health care. During Open Enrollment, I want to make sure San Diegans have the resources and information they need to find the right heath insurance and get covered for 2019.

Get Covered

Now through January 15th


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Open enrollment is happening now through January 15th, so now is the time to compare plans and purchase health insurance for 2019. For coverage starting January 1st, be sure to sign up by December 15th. Visit www.coveredca.com for more information on how to enroll for 2019. 


I’m working to make health care more accessible and affordable for families, which means rejecting reckless proposals that would leave thousands of San Diegans without coverage and fighting for bipartisan health care solutions that keep premiums down and stabilize the markets. I look forward to continuing this fight next Congress.

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Rep. Peters speaks at a press conference on protecting and fixing
the Affordable Care Act. 

San Diego Seniors

Medicare Open Enrollment

San Diego seniors are eligible for Medicare Open Enrollment, happening now through December 7th. Even if you’re happy with your coverage, take the time to explore the options available to you to find a health care plan that meets your medical and financial needs.

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Questions?

Contact Us

I encourage San Diegans to contact my San Diego office with questions about Open Enrollment. My staff can help connect you to representatives at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Covered California to get you the information you need to get covered.

Sincerely,

Nov 30, 2018

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October 10, 2018

Dear Friend,

It's deeply troubling that our service men and women might return home from battle only to take their own lives because they are tortured by something they experienced during their service. I asked the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) how they are working with the Department of Defense (DOD) to curb veteran suicide during a meeting of the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

I was joined by the Somers family from Coronado, who lost their son, Daniel, to suicide after he suffered post-traumatic stress (PTS) following his service in Iraq. They are now tireless advocates for fixing and reforming the broken health care system at the VA.


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Vets Suicide Hearing

Watch my remarks here.

The National Director of Suicide Prevention for the VA said they would like more information from the DOD about risk factors for suicide. The VA could identify mental health issues sooner if they had access to information about servicemembers’ promotions, disciplinary action, and family support systems.

I also asked what kind of outreach was being done for veterans with other than honorable discharges. Only 115 servicemembers nationwide are enrolled in suicide prevention programs specifically tailored to them, and the VA agreed more outreach was needed.  


Fighting for San Diego Veterans

San Diego has the third largest population of veterans in the country, many of whom are battling mental health issues. Veterans who have experienced homelessness in the last year are particularly at risk, with suicide rates almost double those of veterans without a history of homelessness. We’ve made progress with the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, which assists San Diego veterans in their search for affordable housing, but there is still work to be done.

I will continue fighting for mental health care and homelessness services for San Diego veterans and will work with both the VA and the DOD to find solutions that ensure we don’t lose another veteran to suicide. 

Sincerely,

Oct 10, 2018

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August 3, 2018

Dear Friend,

Join Rep. Scott Peters at his workshop to make sure you and your family are prepared for wildfire season. Hear from local organizations and government representatives, who will share resources with the La Jolla community to create an evacuation plan.

Fire Workshop

View and download the event flyer.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018 

6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m.

La Jolla Riford Library
7555 Draper Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

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The geography of La Jolla lends itself to fire spreading. The combination of steep canyons and thick brush increases the potential for wildfires to engulf the canyons and Mount Soledad. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department recommends having two ways out in the event of an emergency. San Diego communities, like Scripps Ranch, have created a community-wide evacuation planJoin us to find out how your community can create your own plan.

For more information, contact my San Diego Office at 858-455-5550.

Sincerely,

Aug 3, 2018

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July 31, 2018

 

Dear Friend,

Do you like to code? Have an idea for a new app?

We’re inviting students who code, program, or love computer science to design a software application and enter it in the Congressional App Challenge.

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What's the App Challenge?

The App Challenge encourages student participation in STEM subjects, so they can be better prepared to fill the jobs of the future.

San Diego has some of the best leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our city has become a global force in innovation thanks to our investments in these fields—and the most important investment we can make is in the next generation. 

How to Enter

Register online here. 

You can compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. Submit your app along with a short video explaining the app and what you’ve learned throughout the competition process.

 

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Visit my website for more details and a complete list of rules and regulations.

 

The entries will be judged by a panel of local judges, who work in San Diego’s academic, technology, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit along with the winners from other states and districts.

Submissions are due October 15, 2018.

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2017 Winner

Padraig MacGabann of Coronado High School won last year with his impressive submission, Rescue, an emergency response app designed to contact first responders more efficiently and to provide important details about the emergency. 

I look forward to seeing what apps San Diego students come up with this year. Good luck, and happy coding!

Sincerely,

Jul 31, 2018

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July 13, 2018

Happy Pride San Diego!

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Each Pride Month, we have a lot to celebrate in San Diego. Our city has historically been a leader in LGBT rights and has helped our region and state advance equality for all. This weekend celebrates both the victories of our LGBT community, and unites us in the fights yet to be won. 


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Click here to watch a Pride Month message from Rep. Peters.


Respect for All

Discrimination has no place in nation as great as ours. That’s why Congress should pass the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act to include protections for LGBT Americans. As your representative, I would like to know where you stand. Share your thoughts and join my email updates: 

Should Congress pass the Equality Act and guarantee LGBT individuals the non-discrimination protections already granted to every other American?

Yes.

No.

I'm not sure.

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Equality Forward

As part of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I’m fighting to ensure no one faces discrimination or harassment because of who they are or who they love; that no brave, qualified American who wants to enlist in our military is turned away because of their gender identity; and that the personal convictions of a store or business don’t supersede the civil rights of LGBT customers.

Until then, I know our LGBT community and their allies will show strength in the face of hate and determination in the fight for justice and equality for all. 

Have a safe and happy Pride Weekend!

Sincerely,

Jul 13, 2018

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June 22, 2018

Dear Friend,

I strongly oppose the Trump Administration's recent policies regarding immigrant families. 

When families come to our borders, they are often fleeing government violence, domestic violence, and religious persecution. They follow generations of people who came to America seeking a better life and they deserve to be treated with respect and care. 

Keeping Families Together

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I demanded an immediate end to the family separation policy in a speech on the House floor last week. Thankfully, Congress can do something to end the practice.


I helped introduce the Keep Families Together Act, which prohibits Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials from separating children from their parents, except in extraordinary circumstances, like trafficking indicators or other concerns of risk to the child. It also requires DHS to develop policies and procedures allowing parents and children to locate each other and reunite if they have been separated. 

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I'm urging my colleagues to support and help pass this bill so we can end the abhorrent practice of separating families. 

For more information on my work to keep families together, read my interview with the San Diego Union Tribune.

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Share Your Thoughts

As your representative, I'd like to know where you stand. Share your thoughts and join my email updates.

Do you think Congress should come together and pass the Keeping Families Together Act?

Yes, we need to keep families together.

No.

I'm not sure.


Moving Forward

I oppose the President's Executive Order because I believe it violates previous court rulings that said minors cannot be detained in an adult detention facility for more than 20 days. Any attempt to indefinitely detain children with their parents violates these court rulings. 

Instead, I believe we need to address the serious lack of judges that decide immigration cases, and focus on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to achieve this. 

Sincerely,

Jun 22, 2018

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June 12, 2018

 

Dear Friend,

We owe it to every veteran to ensure they have an affordable place to live. Unfortunately, too many veterans in San Diego and across the country struggle to find housing after they leave the service. 

I offered an amendment to the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) portion of the spending bill passed by Congress last week to prohibit the VA from taking funds away from programs that help homeless veterans.

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Watch my remarks on the amendment here. 

 

Last year, the VA tried to shift funding from the HUD-VASH program, a successful partnership between the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that helps homeless veterans and their families find and sustain permanent housing. The VA reversed their plan after public outcry, but we can't risk funds being diverted from veteran homelessness programs again.

As San Diego continues to address veteran homelessness, we need to ensure we have the funds to support our heroes with resources they desperately need. I will keep fighting to keep our promise to veterans in San Diego and across the country.

Sincerely,

Jun 12, 2018

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