Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Op-Eds

Jul 22, 2015 Op-Eds
The increased frequency and magnitude of extreme weather has resulted in immense recovery costs. In 2011 alone, disasters left $170 billion in damages in their wake. These annually increasing costs are in many ways preventable. Research has shown that every $1 spent on preparedness saves $4 in disaster recovery costs.
Jul 6, 2015 Op-Eds
We strongly agree with President Obama that no deal is better than a bad deal. Additionally, while the negotiations have not yielded an agreement by the June 30 deadline, we urge U.S. negotiators to stay at the table until they come to a deal that eliminates every Iranian pathway to a nuclear weapon. We have outlined the criteria we believe any deal should include in order to meet that objective.
Jun 2, 2015 Op-Eds
The medical device tax hinders job growth in the industry and keeps companies from investing billions of dollars into research and development. According to multiple industry surveys, approximately three-quarters of its members have deferred or canceled capital investments, reduced investment in start-ups, experienced difficulty raising capital, or deferred pay raises for employees because of the medical device tax. While these resources could be used to cultivate the next generation of life-saving devices, they're instead being sent to the IRS.
May 15, 2015 Op-Eds
An affordable higher education for every American willing to work for it is central to ensuring future generations can achieve the American Dream and is directly tied to our nation’s ability to compete in the global economy. I would not have been able to attend college without student loans and work study programs opening the door for me. We should be making it easier and more affordable for students to go to college, not pushing it financially out of reach for more and more families.
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Apr 23, 2015 Op-Eds
Let's take a cue from the Pentagon and the private sector - enterprises that already account for the costs of carbon. The idea that we have to choose between economic growth and environmental sustainability is a false one and should be rejected. Barring agencies from including the social cost of carbon is not just a backward approach, but threatens our country's ability to create high-quality jobs and to ensure our nation's future security. Congress should embrace the use of the social cost of carbon as a way to increase informed policy making.
Mar 19, 2015 Op-Eds
Seniors’ healthcare is too important to play politics with. Three straight years of real cuts is enough. For the sake of the seniors we represent and the better healthcare system we all want, it is time for CMS to use its authority to stabilize Medicare Advantage rates.
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Jan 28, 2015 Op-Eds

After last November’s election, Democrats in Congress are at our lowest numbers since President Herbert Hoover. This week’s House Democratic Caucus retreat offers us a chance to take a hard look at ourselves to see why. 

Nov 18, 2014 Op-Eds
But on National Entrepreneurs' Day, we also have a responsibility to ensure that our policies help give every would-be business owner a fair shot in this economy. That means supporting two key bipartisan priorities: comprehensive tax reform and common-sense regulatory reform.
Oct 20, 2014 Op-Eds
We already have many of the technologies needed to fight super pollutants. Given how harmful these super pollutants are on our environment, it only makes sense to use these existing technologies to reduce our emissions and slow climate change before it is too late.
Oct 15, 2014 Op-Eds
Now that this legislation has become law, Congress and community leaders must continue to provide aggressive oversight over the VA to ensure that our veterans are receive the benefits and care that they were promised and deserve.
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