Since arriving in Congress, Rep. Peters has been a constant advocate for servicemembers, veterans, and the families that support them. One of his first pieces of legislation, H.R. 1714 – the Shelter Our Servicemembers (SOS) Act, is aimed at reducing the population of elderly homeless veterans. He also brought together military commanders, non-profit organizations, and veterans’ community leaders to start the Military Transition Support Project (MTSP), which will create a central portal for new veterans to access information on benefits, housing, and employment.
Aug 20, 2014 Press Release
Peters is leading effort in Congress to fund fire prevention AND fire fighting
“Today’s report further demonstrates the urgent need for a solution that funds firefighting without stealing from prevention, a need that is more urgent as wildfire seasons are getting longer,” Rep. Peters said. “With wildfires raging across the west, burning thousands of acres in Northern California right now, it is time for a real solution that ends the foolish cycle of stealing funds from prevention to pay for response.”
Aug 7, 2014 Press Release
Bipartisan effort signed into law today by the President
“Now that this bipartisan effort has become law, it’s time to implement the changes as soon as possible. As I’ve said in the past, this isn’t the last piece of the puzzle, but rather the beginning of a concerted effort and constant oversight from Congress and community leaders across the country.”
Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement honoring the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, and continued his calls for action on legislation to fix the provisions undone last year by the Supreme Court
Aug 1, 2014 Press Release
The “Student Loan Repayment Assistance Act” is just a piece of Rep. Peters’ ongoing work to reduce the burden of student loans on American families. Earlier this year he introduced the bicameral “Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act” with Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). He was also vocal in the successful effort to stop federal student loan interest rates from doubling last summer.
“San Diegans and the American people deserve to see action on important issues, including funding the government past September 30 and avoiding another government shutdown, fighting and preventing wildfires that are burning the western states today, passing comprehensive immigration reform, protecting voting rights nationwide, and ensuring equal pay for equal work.”
Jul 30, 2014 Press Release
"It is a completely political waste of America’s time and money. It diverts attention from important undone business, including funding the government past September 30 and avoiding another government shutdown, fighting and preventing wildfires that are burning the western states today, forging a bipartisan solution to today’s border crisis, passing comprehensive immigration reform, and fixing the broken tax code to make our country more competitive."
Jul 30, 2014 Press Release
Peters’ motion last week credited with forcing bipartisan proposal that passed House today.
Jul 24, 2014 Press Release
Calls out culture of complacency at VA and need to expand in-state tuition to Vets
Last night, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) took to the House floor urging quick action by the House and called out the continuing partisanship, and game-playing, around what should be a bipartisan issue: “San Diegans want to see action and they want it now. They are rightly dumbfounded that Congress continues to play partisan games, instead of passing the Senate's comprehensive solution -and beginning to provide some relief for our nation's heroes.”
Rep. Peters and his district office staff have helped more than 1,000 constituents garner approximately $750,000 in due Veterans Affairs benefits, $130,000 from the Social Security Administration, and $130,000 from the Internal Revenue Service.